Archive for July, 2010


Filmmaking for Newbies

Interested in filmmaking but don’t have a clue…

Whether you’d like to dive into the industry or just want to test the waters, this introductory course is designed just for you. The workshop will give an overview of everything it takes to complete a film or video (there is a difference), and offer you direction for next steps to take.
You’ll go away with a better understanding of what this “mystery” business is all about. The information covered will help you decide whether you want to learn more and pursue a career in the industry, or just talk the talk to impress your family and friends!


Lorna Wilson has over 16 years of experience in film and video production encompassing work in corporate and commercial production, public access television, independent and mainstream film production. She’s been a production assistant, production coordinator, associate producer, film festival manager, college instructor, and is presently employed as the Director of Operations for Rainforest Films.
Ms. Wilson has also been very active in the local film community supporting events, initiatives and organizations, including service on the board of Women in Film/Atlanta for 6 years.


A Sneak Peek at GET’s 2010-2011 Season – An Insider’s View!

GET the Inside Scoop! Be “in the know” on the 5 Best Reasons why Georgia Ensemble Theatre is THE place to be in 2010-11!
Reason #1 – a KNOCKOUT Cast for The Boys Next Door:

We have just completed casting for our first production of the year, the touching comedy The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin.
Some familiar faces to our patrons … some new to GET … all of them FABULOUS Atlanta actors.

Get to Know The Cast of “The Boys Next Door”

John Benzinger will be making his GET debut as “Arnold Wiggins,” although he’s not new to the Atlanta theatre scene, with several local acting awards. John’s eating habits are unusual, often having lunch around 4, and dinner at midnight.

Spencer Stephens will play “Lucien P. Smith.” Spencer has worked with GET for several years as an instructor with our Conservatory (this man is awesome with puppets & musical theatre!), and we’re thrilled to have him join us for the first time in a mainstage show. Spencer was an accountant for 12 years before becoming an actor.

David Kronawitter will play the role of social worker “Jack.” David has a wonderful 9 month-old son. He was a substitute high school teacher for six years. And he loves Thai food. Oh, and he’s been on “House of Payne,” “Meet the Browns,” and “Prison Break.”

This will be Luis Hernandez’s first appearance with GET. He will be playing the role of “Norman Bulansky.” He can eat fire. (Yikes!) Luis, please stay clear of the stage curtains!

Chad Martin will play the role of “Barry Klemper.” Chad is no stranger to the GET stage: we last saw him here in Great Expectations. He once performed with the guy who played the bra salesman on “Seinfeld.”

Charles Green will be doing triple duty playing the roles of “Mr. Hedges, Mr. Corbin & Senator Clarke” in The Boys Next Door. Charles is an avid cruiser who recently sailed across the Atlantic and along the Inside Passage.

Wendy Melkonian will play the roles of “Mrs. Fremus, Mrs. Warren & Clara.” This will be her first appearance with GET, but morning TV watchers might recognize her as the Fill-In Host of 11 Alive’s “Atlanta and Company” Morning Show. She is also Co-Owner of Breadwinner Breads. (We’re looking forward to the baked goods during rehearsals, Wendy.)

Cara Mantella will play Norman’s love interest “Sheila.” Cara has appeared as the love interest in many shows here at GET, most recently Lying in State. She prides herself on being able to say all 50 states in alphabetical order. Do you know the capitals too? There will be a test later! (That goes for the whole cast.)

Rial Ellsworth will play Barry’s father “Mr. Klemper.” Rial was in middle school drama club with Sigourney Weaver’s husband! He also moonlights as a computer whiz.

Tess Malis Kincaid will direct The Boys Next Door. Tess played Sheila in this play more years ago than she’d care to mention. Fun fact: Tess was directed by Maya Angelou in an all-female production of Macbeth in which she played the title character. And she drinks too much coffee.

Have a Question for One of our Actors?
Email us at with your Question, and we’ll see if our “Insider” can get the “scoop” for you!
About the Play

Spencer Stephens & Cara Mantella. Photo by Haigwood Studios.
The Boys Next Door is a touching and funny play focusing on four adult men living in a group home, under the guidance of their caring but overworked counselor. Mingled with scenes from their daily lives, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy. We are reminded that those with special needs, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find meaning in their lives.

The Boys Next Door
September 2-19, 2010
Directed by Tess Malis Kincaid
About Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Georgia Ensemble Theatre is the only professional theatre company in North Fulton County. Now entering our 18th season, GET provides five mainstage productions and two Theatre for Youth productions annually, as well as year-round educational programming. Georgia Ensemble Theatre is the Official Resident Professional Theatre Company at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075.
Phone number: 770-641-1260

Subscriptions are now on sale for our entire mainstage season: The Boys Next Door, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Tokens of Affection, Inherit the Wind, and Forbidden Broadway. If you haven’t already, call today to secure the best prices and best seats in the house!

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Donations Needed:
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to help keep Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory a vibrant part of the cultural life of metro Atlanta. As many of you know, we had to unexpectedly (and very quickly) replace our final show of the 2009-10 mainstage season, which left us with significant financial challenges. You may either call 770-641-1260, or donate thru our Facebook Cause page at this link:

Georgia Ensemble Theatre
at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Roswell, Georgia 30077-0607



July 12-17, 9am-5pm & Sunday,
July 18th – Showcase Screening with Agents

Looking to learn from the best?
JUST ANNOUNCED…Joining As Guest Faculty:
Stephen Martines- EMMY AWARD WINNING Actor from
General Hospital, Vampire Diaries and The Closer

The CSA Film Academy Summer Intensive Camp allows kids and teens to train with top industry professionals in TV/Film from Los Angeles and Atlanta.

We offer two majors: 1) In-Front of the Camera/Acting 2) Behind the Camera

In Front of the camera explores on-camera skills for episodic, film, commercials, comedy, drama as well as voice over. Skill Development includes: on camera acting foundation, script analysis, film auditioning, improvisation for film, character development, business & marketing tools.

Actors Gain Tools to Showcase your talent that help you book paying jobs:
 Voice Over Sample,
 Commercial sample
 Edited Acting Sample

Behind the camera track writes, shoots and edits original film performed by the actors. You will work with award-winning director and producers.

Intensive Camp Concludes with
Showcase Screening with Agents

Guest faculty include casting directors, TV/Film working actors and top acting coaches from Atlanta and Hollywood.

CSA Film Academy’s Summer Intensive is designed for those who are serious and want to work in film and television.

Investment- $475

Hurry, space is limited!

Register online at OR
Call Today 404.355.4588


Ant Hill Inc. is seeking actors, character actors, dancers, and singers for their upcoming production in the fall, Ant Hill Live!

Ant Hill Inc. is seeking actors, character actors, dancers, and singers for their upcoming production in the fall, Ant Hill Live! for Haiti! We are partnering up with major organizations throughtout the city of Atlanta to aid in the rebuilding and restoration of schools in the disaster areas of Haiti. Our auditions will be held on Friday, July 9th at 12 noon and Friday, July 16th at 12 noon. All talent are only required to come to one day of audition, not both. Here is what we’re looking for:

Child Actors: Looking for girls and boys between the ages of 8-15. Must be able to act AND dance. Be prepared to learn choreography as well as perform a cold read for the production team.

Adult Actors: Looking for adults to fill parent roles. No dancing or previous experience necessary. Be prepared to perform a cold read for the production team.

Character Actors: Looking for both males and females ages 17 and above. Must be between 5’4 and 5’9 and no more than 150lbs to meet costume fitting requirements. Must be able to dance; costume experience is a plus.

Singers: Looking for all ages and backgrounds. Be prepared to sing your own material to a performance track or acapella.

Dancers: Looking for all backgrounds, ages 10 and up, with experience in hip hop and jazz. Be prepared to learn choreography for your audition. You may bring your own music and dance piece to showcase your personal style (may or may not be used).

*All auditioning talent must bring a recent headshot and resume to leave with the production team.

**THIS IS A PAID PRODUCTION. All talent will receive a minimum of $75, pending on the role acquired.**

Please RSVP to the audition at with a current headshot and resume to receive all other information in regards to reheasal scheduling. If you have any questions, please call Ant Hill Live! Production Coordinator Dominique at (404) 437-0699.

Ant Hill Inc.
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