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Acting Uncut Summer Camp

Acting Uncut

High School Students

Acting Uncut gives high school students from all over the world the opportunity to engage in a challenging and rigorous acting program. Students will interact with Liberty Theatre faculty in small master classes, collaborate with current theatre majors, perform on the Tower Mainstage and experience the freedom of integrating faith and art. Throw in room and board and you have the makings of an unforgettable experience.

View photos from Acting Uncut


 

  • Contact Information

    Camp Coordinator
    Chris Nelson
    Phone: 434-582-2627
    Email: cnelson@liberty.edu

    Grades: Students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.
    Camp Location: Liberty University - Tower Theater (directions)
    Camp Dates: July 5-July 13, 2014
    Performance Date and Time: July 12 at 8:00pm
    The Production: Student Cabaret
    Tickets: Free (A catered dinner will be held before the production for all Acting Uncut students and their family members. The cost for family members is $20/guest.)
    Enrollment: 50 Spots Available


    Deadlines:

    EARLY ENROLLMENT DEADLINE June 6, 2014:

    COST: $690 ($200 due at time of enrollment). Cost includes collegiate level instruction with University Faculty members, on campus housing, and all meals.

    Remaining Balance due before FINAL ENROLLMENT DEADLINE of June 20, 2014. The same amount ($200) is due for sibling rates as well.

    SIBLING RATE: 15% off the total combined cost of two or more family members of the same household

    ENROLLMENT AFTER June 6, 2014:

    COST: $800 ($200 due at the time of enrollment) Remaining balance due before June 20, 2014. The same amount $200 is due for sibling rates as well.

    SIBLING RATE: 15% off the total combined cost of two or more family members of the same household.

    FINAL ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: June 20, 2014


    Additional Costs:

    The following items are available for an additional charge:

    Liberty University Department of Theatre Arts Journal: $12
    Acting Uncut Cabaret DVD: $10
    Catered Dinner: $20/guest


    How to Enroll:

    1) Fill out, sign and mail Registration and Waiver Forms [one pair for each sibling]
    2) Pay deposit
    *If paying by check, mail along with forms*
    3) Mail in Registration Forms to:
    Liberty University Department of Theatre Arts
    Attn: Chris Nelson
    1971 University Blvd.
    Lynchburg, VA 24502

    Payment Methods:

    Pay by check: Make checks payable to Liberty Department of Theatre Arts
    Pay by credit card: Go to the Register Now webpage.

    I'm enrolled! What do I do next?

    Travel Itinerary

    Students are asked to arrive no later than 5:00pm on Saturday, July 6th, unless otherwise approved by the Summer Arts Coordinator and may leave on Sunday, July 13th after 10:00am. Please contact Chris Nelson at cnelson@liberty.edu or Amanda Poch at alpoch@liberty.edu with a travel itinerary no later than Wednesday, June 26th.

    Photo

    Please email a clear picture of yourself to Amanda Poch at alpoch@liberty.edu.

    Pay Balance

    Pay final balance by Friday, June 20, 2014.

     

     

  • Contact Information

    Camp Coordinator
    Chris Nelson
    Phone: 434-582-2627
    Email: cnelson@liberty.edu

     

  • What is Acting Uncut?
    Where will I stay?
    How many students will be in a dorm room?
    What kind of supervision will be present?
    Will I be required to go off campus for any activities?
    What will I learn?
    What should I bring?
    How can I get there?
    What kind of supervision will be present?
    Is there a place my parents and/or friends may stay if they drop me off, or come to see the cabaret at the end of the week? And, are there any activities they may attend?
    I am a first year college student, but am considering transferring to Liberty. May I attend Acting Uncut?
    Meet the Liberty Theatre faculty and staff.

    What is Acting Uncut?

    Acting Uncut is a 9 day, 8 night residential theatre experience for high school students. This experience is geared towards students interested in studying theatre at the collegiate level.

    Where will I stay?

    All students will live in the Liberty University East Campus dorms. These apartment style dorm units consist of 3 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, fully furnished family room, eating area, full kitchen, and washer and dryer. View a sample floor plan.

    How many students will be in a dorm room?

    Each room will house 2-3 students. There will be 1 camp counselor for every 10 students.

    What kind of supervision will be present?

    All students will be under 24 hour supervision. During the day, Liberty University Theatre staff and faculty will be present, as well as camp counselors (upperlevel Theatre students). In the dorms, there will be 1 camp counselor for every 10 acting uncut students.

    Will I be required to go off campus for any activities?

    Students will never leave the Liberty University campus. All activities will be within walking distance of the dorms.

    What will I learn?

    Students will attend a variety of in-depth master classes taught by Liberty University Theatre Arts faculty and staff. Learn more about the faculty and staff.

    What should I bring?

    Each student will need to bring bed linens, a pillow, a towel, toiletries, camp clothes, dance shoes if possible, and a Bible. Students may also want to bring snack foods, water bottle, a bathing suit for the LaHaye indoor pool, recreational clothes, musical theatre sheet music, scene or monologue books, and laundry detergent. Camp attire: Men's Dress - Casual clothes, recreation/dance clothes, modest swimwear, a semi-formal outfit for the final catered dinner, an all black outfit for the cabaret, jazz shoes if you have them. All students must have close toed shoes. Please no spandex or speedos; Women's Dress - Casual clothes, recreation/dance clothes, modest 1-piece swimwear, a semi-formal outfit for the final catered dinner, an all black outfit for the cabaret, jazz/ballet shoes if you have them. All students must have close toed shoes. Please no spandex

    How can I get there?

    The first option is to drive. However, it may be more convenient for a student to arrive by train, bus, or plane. Liberty University Theatre will provide shuttle service from the Lynchburg Amtrak station, the Lynchburg Bus Station, and the Lynchburg Regional Airport. Students may also wish to fly in to the Roanoke Regional Airport or Greensboro Regional Airport; however shuttle service will not be provided from these locations.

    Is there a place my parents and/or friends may stay if they drop me off, or come to see the cabaret at the end of the week? And, are there any activities they may attend?

    The Wingate Inn, The Kirkley Hotel, and The Extended Stay America are all within minutes or walking distance of the University. A catered dinner will be held on the final Saturday of camp before the Acting Uncut sponsored production and Acting Uncut cabaret. The 2011 catered dinner menu included roast beef, roasted pork loin, herb roasted red bliss potatoes, glazed apples, green beans almondine, and an assortment of desserts. The cost for the catered dinner is $20/guest. This cost also includes a ticket to the Acting Uncut sponsored production.

    I am a first year college student, but am considering transferring to LU. May I attend Acting Uncut?

    Yes! Acting Uncut is a great opportunity for potential Liberty students to come, live in the dorms, eat in the dining hall, and meet Liberty Theatre students, faculty, and staff members. If you have already graduated from high school and are interested in attending Acting Uncut, please contact Professor Chris Nelson at cnelson@liberty.edu.

 


Audition Requirements

Auditions are not required for enrollment. Auditions are held the second day of camp, and are used to assign roles for the performance cabaret.

Students must prepare the following:

1. A 30-second monologue. Monologue must be memorized and may be from a play, musical, or movie.

2. A brief song selection. Please choose one selection from the approved list of songs below. Sections are already marked for each piece.

3. Wear comfortable clothing for the short dance combination that will be taught during the audition.

4. Once enrolled, e-mail a photo of yourself to Theatre Arts Manager Amanda Poch at alpoch@liberty.edu.

As a reminder, all students will perform in the Cabaret.

Audition Songs

Girls

I Can Hear The Bells from Hairspray          
Astonishing from Little Women
A Lovely Night from Cinderella

Guys

If Dreams Came True from Tale of Two Cities
Take A Chance On Me from Little Women
Ten Minutes Ago from Cinderella

2014 Camp Schedule

View the complete 2014 Acting Uncut schedule.


AU Staff

Mr. Chris Nelson
Assistant Professor, Summer Arts Program Coordinator
Acting Uncut Master Classes: Stanislavski, Stage Combat (Unarmed, Quarterstaff and Rapier and Dagger), Mask Exploration

Mr. Nelson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Regent University. As a professional actor, some of his credits include Chris in Terrence Malick's The New World, starring Colin Farrell, Davey Boy Smith in the independent feature Judges, and multiple other film, commercial and television appearances. In 2007, Mr. Nelson directed and produced 1607: First Landing, a new outdoor drama located in Virginia Beach, VA to honor America's 400th Anniversary. He worked four years as the Summer Arts Camp Coordinator at Regent University where he oversaw multiple theatre and film camps which annually welcomed over 100 middle and high school students. He also worked six years as an artist-in-residence for Spring Branch Community Church, a part of the Willow Creek association, where he performed and directed for the drama ministry. Mr. Nelson teaches Basic Acting, Basic Acting II, Theatre Appreciation, and Acting for Film. Directing credits include Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, The Gifts of the Magi, The Odd Couple, Fiddler on the Roof, A Doll's House, Annie Get Your Gun, Big River: The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, A Christmas Carol, The Civil War, Little Shop of Horrors, and Ragtime.

 

Mrs. Linda Nell Cooper
Chair, Theatre Arts Department
Acting Uncut Master Classes: Alexander with Shakespeare, Musical Theatre: Categories & Approaches

Mrs. Cooper, a graduate of Liberty University, holds a Master of Arts in Humanities from Hollins University, has completed ABD of her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and has continued education at The College of William & Mary. Mrs. Cooper is a registered songwriter with BMI in New York City, and is a member of both The Dramatists Guild of America, and The Gospel Music Association. Mrs. Cooper also works professionally as a director and choreographer, and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. She is the Executive Producer of The Miracle at The Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN, and is a commissioned writer/director for Fee-Hedrick Family Entertainment, Inc. As head of the Liberty University Department of Theatre Arts, she teaches Playwriting, Advanced Acting, Directing, Theater and Stage Management, Musical Theatre, and Advanced Musical Theatre. She also directs three main stage productions a year. Directing credits include: Macbeth, Steel Magnolias, Oklahoma!, Hello Dolly, Guys & Dolls, Into the Woods, Wait Until Dark, Crazy for You, She Loves Me, Will Rogers Follies, Big River, Grease, 12 Angry Men, Godspell, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, The Gifts of the Magi, Ragtime, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Beauty & the Beast, The Secret Garden, Aida, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Parade, Little Women, Smoke on the Mountain, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Crazy for You, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Jane Eyre, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hairspray, The Phantom of the Opera, and Peter Pan. Linda has received five Kennedy Center American College Theatre Merit Awards for excellence in directing.

 

Mr. Neal Brasher
Assistant Professor
Acting Uncut Master Classes: Stage Combat (Unarmed, Quarterstaff and Rapier and Dagger)

Mr. Brasher is a native of Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Samford University in Birmingham and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His professional credits include multiple roles with Shenandoah Shakespeare, Alabama Public Television, and Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival where he recently played Macbeth. Mr. Brasher joined the LU faculty in 2004. He teaches a range of courses including Basic Acting II, Foundations of Theater, Voice for the Stage, Stage Accents, Classical Acting Styles, and Stage Combat. Directing credits include Pygmalion, The Glass Menagerie, Driving Miss Daisy, All My Sons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Smoke on the Mountain, Love's Labours' Lost, The Rainmaker, Much Ado About Nothing, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Crucible, A Raisin in the Sun, An Inspector Calls, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Enchanted April, Romeo & Juliet, and The 30 Steps. Mr. Brasher also enjoys joining his students on-stage in such productions as Parade, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Shadowlands.

 

Mr. Andy Geffken
Assistant Professor
Acting Uncut Master Classes: Scene Study, Stage Combat (Unarmed, Quarterstaff and Rapier and Dagger), Stage Movement

Mr. Geffken received his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting at Regent University. In 2008 he graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Theatre Arts. He appeared in numerous LU Theatre productions during his undergraduate career. His graduate credits included Jack Palmer in The Boys Next Door, Jaques in As You Like It, Carr Gomm in The Elephant Man, Jesus in Godspell, Joe Farkas in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Brian Rivard in The Runner Stumbles, and Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, among others.

Over the last few years he has been a part of establishing new theatre companies on the east coast. Throughout graduate school he helped start the Regent Shakespeare Company in Virginia Beach, Virginia and currently he spends his summers with the Americana Theatre Company in Plymouth, Massachusetts where he also serves as Marketing Coordinator. This past season he performed as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, and in a stage adaptation of Francine Rivers’ best-selling novel, Redeeming Love. Other notable credits include The Taming of the Shrew, Victor Prynne in Private Lives, and the title roles in Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

 

Mr. David Hahn
Assistant Professor of Music & Worship
Acting Uncut Master Class: Vocal Technique, Vocal Study

Mr. Hahn comes to Liberty from Nashville, Tennessee where he was a freelance musician from 1999 – 2008, an adjunct instructor in the Music Department of Free Will Baptist Bible College from 2003 – 2008, and the music director of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra. Hahn has been a worship pastor for over twenty years, has gone on mission trips to Japan, Amsterdam and Cote d’Voire (Africa). David has also served as the chaplain for Marketplace Ministries. David and his wife, Gelsomina Ceres Hahn, have been married for twenty-seven years. Their oldest son, Christian is twenty-one and tours with Chris Tomlin. David Hahn enjoys songwriting, Bluegrass mandolin, recording, and running marathons.

 

Miss Amanda Poch
Theatre Arts Manager
Acting Uncut Accompanist

Miss Poch is a graduate of Liberty University where she earned a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Piano and a minor in Theatre Arts in 2007, and a M.B.A. in 2012. She runs the Theatre Office, as well as being the official Department Accompanist and Orchestra Conductor. Miss Poch received the 2007 Excellence in Theater Production award, as well as being chosen on several occasions to perform in the Department of Music and Humanities Piano Showcase both as a soloist and accompanist. Liberty stage credits include running crew for Godspell, stage management for Oklahoma!, and Macbeth, ensemble in Ragtime, She Loves Me, Monté Cristo, and Guys & Dolls, accompanist for Into the Woods and Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Conducting credits include Crazy for You, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, Jane Eyre, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hairspray, A Christmas Carol, The Civil War, Oklahoma!, Little Shop of Horrors, Ragtime, and She Loves Me. Professional conducting credits include Peter Pan and Tarzan.


Testimonials

"Acting Uncut was the best camp experience of my life! To be surrounded by lovers of Christ while mastering dance, song, and acting was truly life changing. It gave me a deeper appreciation for theatre and gave me hands on experience that I will carry with me the rest of my life."

~Chase Smith – Acting Uncut ‘10

"Acting Uncut was one of the best weeks of my life. The presence of God, community with dozens of other theatre lovers, and the many lessons learned from the wonderful faculty members and awesome counselors made it an invaluable experience that I will never forget."

~Daurie Rothhaar – Acting Uncut ‘10

"Acting Uncut was a great way to form lasting friendships with students from all over the country."

~Emily Webster – Acting Uncut ‘10

"Acting Uncut really pushed me past my limits of what I thought I could do as an actor, singer, and dancer. It completely changed my assumptions of what this art form is all about, and I came out a better artist from it."

~Jared Calhoun – Acting Uncut ‘11

"Acting Uncut is great because it takes you at whatever level you are at in singing, dancing, and acting and works with you. Everyone is included and has fun."

~Karen Battiste – Acting Uncut ‘11