From rehearsal to curtain call, "Mamma Mia!" was a blast!

A week after closing the summer Musical Theatre Intensive, ATC Student Tyler Bednar talks about his favorite moments and what he learned...

By: Tyler Bednar

This is my second show I’ve done with ATC during the summer, and they’re always the best. Mamma Mia might have been the most fun I’ve had with a show so far.

Since coming to the Actor’s Training Center, I feel my skills as an actor have enhanced. I’m able to sing with much better technique, act in scenes with bigger choices, and have gotten better at my comedic effect in scenes. This wouldn’t have happened without Carole, Adam, and all the amazing people they bring to teach their workshops and classes.

"Mamma Mia might have been the most fun I've had with a show so far."

To start off, the direction from Adam is amazing because he has a very unique way of directing. Before we block the scenes, he has us understand the nature of the character we’re playing, and of the different characters we interact with in the play. This exercise helps us as actors understand which choices to make in order to keep the scene interesting. The sense of play that Adam puts into scene direction is also a lot of fun. He lets the actor play with different choices and is honest about what he thinks is a good one.

Another great quality of the summer musical is the bond you form with your cast mates. You get really close with everyone when you’re with them, making a show for 5 to 6 weeks. We regularly hung out after rehearsals, throughout the week, and even on the weekends going different places and people’s houses. The show has ended, but we’re still planning on getting together sometime this week.

"The sense of play that Adam puts into scene direction is also a lot of fun."

I am so glad I got to meet so many new actors and got to work with old friends again. Every day I was pushed to my limits by the show, and was encouraged by Adam and my cast mates to work hard on each song and dance. I can’t wait to do the show next year!

ATC Student & Actor, Tyler Bednar

Because of your interest in this article, we recommend the following Fall 2019 Classes:

Scene Into Song - Sundays, 1:15pm-3:15pm / Oct 13 - Dec 15

Discover Broadway songs and the scenes that set them up. Learn about what motivates the character's actions and seamlessly moves them through drama and movement to song. (For 4th - 6th Grade) Get registered HERE.

Broadway Vocals - Sundays, 3:30pm-5:30pm / Oct 13 - Dec 15

Musical theatre performances are powerful when the song furthers both the character's journey and the play's central story. This class takes the five W's (who, what, where, when and why) and applies them to Broadway favorites emphasizing proper singing technique. This class will culminate in a final performance for friends and family. (For 7th - 12th Grade) Get registered HERE.

Musical Theatre Lab - Sundays, 12:30pm-3:30pm / Oct 13 - Dec 15

A fast-paced intensive where advanced musical theatre students focus on dance, acting and song, taught by Chicago’s finest musical theatre talent.  These actors will emerge with the confidence to enter the professional musical theatre community in Chicago and beyond. The session will culminate in a final open class for friends and family. (For 7th - 12th Grade) PREREQUISITE: Studio Approval Get registered HERE.

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