McDonogh upper schoolers grew up in the age of Harry Potter. For many of them, the books and films filled their youth with magic and adventure. So when it was announced that Benjy Shaw Director in Residence of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" on Broadway was going to lead an acting master class at McDonogh on Monday, April 29, they were more than a little excited.
After getting to know the students over a quick lunch, Shaw led them through a series of warm up exercises that encouraged them to listen to and work with their scene partners in a harmonious collaboration. He then conducted a workshop in which students used sides, pages from a script given to auditioning actors, from "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." Shaw encouraged them to think deeply about their characters' motivations and intentions and allow it to inform their performances.
Director of Fine and Performing Arts Kara Zimmerman arranged the class as a "thank you" for the students' dedication and contributions to the Upper School Theatre Department.