Article from ADVERTISER GLEAM in Guntersville, AL.
By Katherine Brewer Whole Backstage
The Whole Backstage will host an acting seminar and workshop led by an award-winning Hollywood actor and award-winning director/producer.
Jeffery Patterson and Judy Norton will show actors how to take their skills to the next level as they teach the free acting seminar and workshop at the Whole Backstage Theatre on Friday, July 7, from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Judy Norton launched to international fame when she starred for 9 years in the Emmy Award winning series “The Waltons” Since then, she has gone on to numerous other TV appearances, as well as roles in feature films. On the stage she has starred in productions of such classics as “Hello Dolly,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Sound of Music” and “Blood Brothers.”
Judy’s theatre directing credits include such popular musicals as “Cabaret,” “A Chorus Line” and “All Shook Up.” In total, she has written and directed more than 50 productions.
Branching out from her musical theatre roots, Judy sang on the Dove nominated single “That’s What Christmas Means to Me” and has gone on to record two CDs and perform in concerts all over the world.
Judy has coached numerous actors and also taught a Master Class in acting for film and television, helping guide students who have gone on to star on TV series, films and Broadway shows.
Jeffery Patterson founded Once Upon a Dream Productions, which is a feature-film production company based in Hollywood, California, that focuses on family-friendly theatrical content. He is a Marshall County native.
Mr. Patterson recently completed the feature film, “Woman on the Edge,” in which he co-starred with Rumor Willis. Mr. Patterson’s production company has 4 additional movies now in post-production, slated for theatrical release this year.
Mr. Patterson and Ms. Norton paired up on their first feature film together, “Finding Harmony” which was shot in Muscle Shoals at Fame Ranch. Ms. Norton wrote, Mr. Patterson produced, and they starred alongside Billy Zane, Alison Eastwood and Ed Bruce.
The most recent collaboration between Mr. Patterson and Ms. Norton is another script Judy Norton wrote titled "Another Day in Paradise” starring Mr. Patterson’s identical twin daughters (Madeline Paige and Autumn Patterson) along with Frankie Muniz, Joanna Krupa and Angie Everhart. Jeffery and Judy played brother and sister in the film. “Another Day in Paradise” won best drama at the International Family Film Festival this year.
Limited spaces are available, so RSVP as soon as possible for the workshop by calling the Whole Backstage office at 256-582-7469 Monday through Friday from 9:00-3:00. Interested participants must RSVP by June 30 for a chance to meet face to face with these two Hollywood stars.