Participants practise during the theatre workshop at Ranchi Club on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
All the club’s a stage and members are actors, says Ranchi Club, paraphrasing the bard.
The club, which on Tuesday started its fortnight-long theatre workshop for children of its members, is bustling with activities right now, what with exercises such as emulating the steps of peacock and deer, games, skits on real-life situations and others.
These are all part of introductory acting classes at the workshop for youngsters between seven and 16 years, conducted by a seven-member team of theatre artistes.
“The meet is a stepping stone for budding actors,” noted artiste Sunil Rai said, adding his team included theatre actors Vijay Singh, Anil Sikdar, Jairam Mahto, Deepak Lohar and Pankaj Sinha.
Rai said it was vital to trigger the imagination of youngsters so that they empathise with the characters they play.
“We are focussing on voice modulation, improvisation, leadership and creativity. Youngsters learn to think fast and on their feet. If these elements are combined, an actor can make his mark,” Rai said.
His teammate Vijay Singh, who hosted Wednesday’s session Name Game, said: “We came up with situations that children and youngsters face at homes and schools.”
The mentor added he was impressed with some students who were naturally gifted.
Equally enthusiastic was Maanavi Makhija, a fourth grader of Sapphire International School. The poised child said she loved the games that helped her focus.
For parents, it was a novel venture during summer vacations. “I am glad our children can learn acting from professional theatre artistes,” said Nitisha Jalan, mother of five-year-old participant Tejas.
On the meet’s last day, participants will act in a play.