Thank you to all who participated in Family Day this year! We look forward to seeing you all in 2015!

U.Va. faculty, staff members, and local organizations will lead all workshops. Workshops are a guaranteed exciting and educational window into the film world!

All workshops are free, open to the public, and held on U.Va. Arts Grounds on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Questions? Email [email protected]

Patter Songs From Great Movie Musicals

Patter songs are a mouthful, but their delicious rhythms are irresistible! Play around with songs from My Fair Lady, Pippin, and The Music Man.  Warm-up exercises and playful repetition will have you pattering with the best of ‘em!

Instructor: Kate Burke, Associate Professor, U.Va. Department of Drama
Ages: 12-14; 20 participants
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Auditioning for Film and TV

Ever wonder what it takes to get on TV? Using “sides” from recent and current film and TV scripts, learn the basics of auditioning for film and television including preparation tips, how to slate, working with a scene partner, and cold reading technique.

Instructor: Melissa Charles, DMR Adventures
Ages: 9-12; 20 participants
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Theatre Games

Learn how to create setting, character, and action—the basic elements of storytelling in both theatre and film—through play. Participants will develop performance skills, learn to be responsive to fellow players, and experience what it is to be an artist. Develop your imagination, intuition, and ability to be at ease in unfamiliar situations. Come play with us!

Instructor: Dorothy Smith, Costume Shop Supervisor, U.Va. Department of Drama
Ages: 7-10; 10 participants
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

What’s That Sound? Music in Movies

Most youngsters have never seen a silent movie or thought about the role that music plays in the movies they have seen. This session showcases music’s impact in movies and considers how music does in fact change a film. We’ll look at examples from The Lion King to Harry Potter!

Instructor: Dave “Professor Be Bop” Rogers, WTJU 91.1
Ages: 8-13; 10 participants
Time: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. (session 1); 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. (session 2)

Dancing in Oz

Learn a few of the fun dance steps that Dorothy and her friends perform in the The Wizard of Oz. Move like the Munchkins, tap like the Tin Man, skip like the Scarecrow, and quake and quiver like the Cowardly Lion. No previous dance experience needed but come dressed to move and wear shoes with non-slip soles.

Instructor: Colleen Kelly, Associate Professor, U.Va. Department of Drama
Ages: 7-12; 20 participants
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Auditioning for Camera

From finding casting opportunities to following through with the casting director, auditions require technique! Learn the nitty gritty of preparing for your next audition and making bold choices that let you shine in the audition room.  This workshop will cover how to find auditions, monologue or song selection, making your entrance, crafting rich characters in a split second, and forging a great and lasting impression.

Instructor: Mendy St. Ours, Live Arts
Ages: 13-17; 20 participants
Time: noon – 2:00 p.m.

Make-Up Effects

Learn how to apply the makeup that they use in films and make yourself look like a zombie, a werewolf, or something new! Using latex (let us know if there are any allergies, please!) and makeup, students will pair up to paint each other’s faces.  At the end, we’ll have prizes for the scariest, grossest, and funniest faces.

Instructor: Michael Leonberger, Light House Studio
Ages 11-13; 12 participants
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon

Our View: C’ville Kids Take on Gordon Parks

Come see what kids have to say about Gordon Parks!  In the Fralin’s Exercising Your Curatorial Voice Family Art JAM, students explored editorial choices made by Life magazine in Gordon Parks’ 1948 photo essay Harlem Gang Leader.  The Fralin screens their photo essays in this open house.

Hosted by The Fralin Museum of Art.
Open to all ages from noon – 3:00 p.m.; no registration required.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

Meet the instruments of the orchestra one-on-one in a hands-on Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.  Miniature Mozarts and budding Beethovens will be able to hear, see, touch, and learn to make sounds on musical instruments.

Hosted by the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.
Open to all ages from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. in the Helms Theatre, U.Va. Drama Building; no registration required.