Thespians practice Suzuki method for The Sound of Music

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Tapping into an actor's inner-levels of energy is what professional actor Marcos Martinez says the Suzuki method of acting is all about.

"This is a physical training technique in which through the use of the feet and lower body, we take the actors or participants through a series of exercises that enables them to get better acquainted with their own levels of energy to be able to explode on stage in a more productive way," explained Martinez during a two day Suzuki workshop for the Kenai Performers cast of the Sound of Music.

"After our first meeting, everybody went out sweating and exhausted and happy and excited about what this is going to do for the show. It's not just waiting for the words to carry the story, but how we can use our bodies and push ourselves to tell the story, we're not used to pushing ourselves and were learning how to do that," said Carol Ford, director of the Sound of Music.

"Marcos asked us to stand in a neutral position and focus outward while unifying the words with our body," said Krista Kade, who will be playing Maria in the Sound of Music. We learned to act out who we are, not to try and be somebody else, but to be who we are and to honestly portrait that, said Dick McAuliffe, who will play Captain Von Trap in the local production of the Sound of Music.

 

Actor & Suzuki method trainer Marcos Martinez carries a big stick and walks loudly as he works with cast members fromThe Sound of Music.

Although the Captain is a lead role in the classic musical, McAuliffe feels that he is in more of a supporting part, "It's the best role you could have and not really be the lead, because, of course this is a presentation of Maria's voice in the Sound of Music as portrayed by Julie Andrews in the sixties. So I feel like I'm in a supporting role," said McAuliffe.

Martinez also performed the one-man show "Holy Dirt" last weekend at the Soldotna High School auditorium. The comedy brought a lot of laughter as well as a few tears as the nearly full house followed the life of a young man born in New Mexico through his experiences as a political activist and on to becoming an artist.



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