Adult (ages 18+)

Lifecasting and Special FX Workshop

Lifecasting is the process of creating a three-dimensional copy of a part or all of a living human body, through the use of molding and casting techniques.  The most common lifecasts are of hands or faces.  Lifecasts are like 3-D photographs, replicating details as small as fingerprints and pores.  Regularly practiced in the special effects industry, lifecasts are used in the creation of prosthetics, props, and animatronics.  Actors with a lifecast of their hand or face have a very effective tool for more realistic and comfortable latex prosethetics, such as witch noses or zombie skin.

Workshop participants will make their own cast and learn makeup special effects commonly used on the stage or to show off at your next Halloween costume contest! Depending on cure time, all participants will either leave with or return to pick up their own hand or face cast.  All materials and instructor fees are included in the cost of the workshop.

Date:  Sunday, September 28th
Time:  Noon to 8pm (30 min. break for dinner)*
Location:  Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Multi-Purpose Studio, 420 E. Main St., Anoka
Instructor:  Samantha Fromm Haddow, costume/makeup designer for Young Frankenstein
Cost:  $100
Registration Closed

Workshop Schedule

Noon to 4pm:
Demonstration of theatrical applications of life-casting for actors and makeup designers
Demonstration of (1) complete cast on attendee

*4pm to 4:30pm:
Dinner Break – Participants may leave for dinner or bring their own.  We have refrigeration available onsite.

4:30pm to 7pm:
All attendees help each other cast their face or hand.

7pm to 8pm:
Plaster pouring, clean-up and final questions

What’s it like to be cast?

Although some models can experience some anxiety or discomfort, many others find the experience enjoyable.  The molding process must be completed within a relatively short time frame, usually a half hour or less.  If the pose is easily held, the feeling of being enclosed by the warm molding materials leads some to feel extreme relaxation and some models even fall asleep.  Models often compare the feeling of a face lifecast to the feeling of a massage or facial.  Artist Ann Lyneah Curtis talks about her similar, although shorter process at

Tap for the Holidays

tap dancing

Want a great way to celebrate the season and learn some new skills?  Participants will learn basic tap steps and combinations commonly used in musical theater choreography – especially for classic movie musicals such as White Christmas.  This workshop is great both for beginners and for performers looking to brush up their technique.  By the end of the class all participants will be familiar with shim sham steps, time steps, flaps, shuffles, ball changes, buffaloes, maxi fords, drawbacks and fun rhythms. All levels will be encouraged to join for a jam session after the course! Some tap and character shoes available – call for sizes.

Registration Deadline:  October 18, 2014.

Dates:  Saturdays, Nov. 1 – Nov. 22, 2014
Times:  10:45am to 12:30pm
Instructor:  Carole Canoma
Cost:  $75/participant

How To Register

Register Online:  Click the red box at the bottom of the left column to register online.

Register by phone: Call our Education Director, Cassandra Proball, at 763.233.0804 or call our Box Office at 763.422.1838 and pay by credit card over the phone Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm.

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