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Theatre of Dreams

 

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One year ago I saw my first play – ‘Death’ – at the Alliance Française. I was awestruck at the by the sheer brilliance and complexity of the comedy… and also by the number of lines the lead actor had to remember. I was always interested in drama and cinema. But when I saw my first play, it sparked something in me. I just had to get into the magical realm of Theater.

One month from now, I will be acting in my first theatre production, ‘The Frisky Suspenders’, at the Alliance Française. It is a comedy.

When I looked for theatre workshops, I found a few courses lasting a month and costing above ₹5000. While I was very sure that I wanted in, my Dad was against it. I was disappointed. Little did I know, at that time, that this was probably the best thing that could happen. Life then took me to Bangalore Little Theatre’s Summer Project On Theatre (SPOT). I have no clue how I got into BLT’s mailing list but I got the email regarding SPOT and I instantly registered. After a short period on the waiting list and some dad convincing, I was finally in! What really got me interested in SPOT was its length (14 Sundays) and also the price (none of which is used for profits). SPOT is hands down the best theatre workshop in Bangalore.

As a studious school-going student who has consistently fared well in exams, SPOT set a challenge for me. Initially, I thought it would be just 14 Sundays and that I too could  do it with ease. But as we get closer to our final production, the rehearsals are  thrice a week, and we’re still a month away from curtains up! I have 2 sets of exams lined up next month, one of which coincides with my production dates. I have been staying up till 12 every night finishing up homework and even carrying books to study at rehearsals. Also, I used to be a bit scared of staying outside after dusk but now I’ve become completely confident about travelling in BMTC bus even at 9 in the night! I have seen more of Bangalore in the last two months than I have in my whole life. Studies and rehearsals have made my life very busy. But I guess without hard work and commitment, I cannot hope to achieve any target.

I had tried my hand in Hindustani music, but it did not work out with me. Then I tried learning the guitar (twice!) but it too did not work out. I was jealous of other kids who had a healthy extracurricular life, engaged in a bunch of activities. I have also had an obsession to always be different. So here I am, trying to be different – ‘The only below 20 SPOTer.’

It is not quizzing, MUNing, painting, dance or music that has become my tool for self-discovery. It is the theatre of my dreams.

-Guruprerana Shabadi

 

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SPOT’15 Announcement

SPOT 2015 Information Poster

It’s that time of the year …

Bangalore’s most reputed Theatre workshop is here again.

This time twice in the same year !

BANGALORE LITTLE THEATRE announces the annual SPOT (Summer Project on Theatre). This workshop for theatre enthusiasts has been institutionalized as an annual event since the mid-80s. A great many of the theatre community in Bangalore have been through BLT’s training and workshop productions.

SPOT is:

  •   a training-cum-production project spread over about three months
  •   reputed for its end productions
  •   an opportunity for self discovery and expansion of range
  •   for anybody with interest in the theatre, from 16 to 60, reasonably fit   for those committed to staying with the workshop for its entire duration

 

SPOT is a world class training workshop. The founder of SPOT is an internationally sciences and has specialized interest in training trainers. The working pattern of SPOT is to devote Full Sundays for the training sessions and to work on the chosen production project through the week. T staged. Production related work is distributed through the weekdays by a consensus schedule.

SPOT is a world class training workshop. It is developed along scientific lines,incorporating the best training methods. The founder of SPOT is an internationally accredited professional trainer in behavioral sciences and has specialized interest in training trainers. The working pattern of SPOT is to devote Full Sundays for the training sessions and to work on the chosen production project through the week. The group continues to meet every Sunday till the project is staged. Production related work is distributed through the weekdays by a consensus schedule.

SPOT will be held twice in 2015:

  • The first SPOT open on the first Sunday of May, with the performances in August. The training sessions and production work will be at RBANM Trust School on Dickenson Road (More suitable for folks in North and East Bangalore).
  •  The second SPOT open on the first Sunday of August, with the performances in November. The training sessions and production work will be at Association for the Mentally Challenged, next to Kidwai Hospital, Dairy Circle (More suitable for folks in South and West Bangalore).

ENROLMENT:

Enrolment will be limited, on a first-come-served basis, and finalized well before the start. Applicants should be prepared to attend an orientation session, if needed, before the workshop commences. Only those who are confident of making the required commitment should get in touch with BLT with the following information as soon as possible (Copy Table below, Paste in your mail, Fill it & Send):

Which batch of SPOT MAY or AUGUST
Full Name
Full Postal Address
Gender
Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY)
Occupation
Class (if Student)
Personal email ID(s)
Phone Number(s)
Any Theatre Experience

This information should be sent by e-mail to: info@bangalorelittletheatre.org

The subject heading should be either: SPOT-MAY 2015 or SPOT-AUGUST 2015

No phone calls.

*  BLT reserves the right to selection and admission into SPOT.

*Those enrolled into SPOT will automatically be admitted into BLT as Members. At the time of enrolment a participant will be required to pay a subscription of Rs. 3000. From this amount Rs. 2000 will be taken as BLT membership subscription, and Rs. 1000 as contribution towards the production project.