BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Students at a Bethlehem high school were all ears Thursday for a one-of-a-kind lesson. Their teacher was someone who's more accustomed to the stage than the classroom. Students at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts got a crash course in capturing the attention of an audience when the spotlight's only on you.
"If you want to learn something about solo performance, I think this is the guy you want to learn from," said Theatre Director Diane Wagner.
The guy she's talking about is Guy Masterson. He's a British Olivier-Award winning actor and producer, who's teaching theatre students the basics of physical storytelling.
"It's just making you a better actor and I feel like any opportunity that makes you a better actor, you should take," said theatre student Gabe Blaikie.
With theatre as one of seven majors at the school, Masterson agrees that the arts are vital.
"[The arts] take the general population to places they otherwise wouldn't go."
And Saturday night, Masterson is taking his audience to Victorian England during his solo performance of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
"I like to think that A Christmas Carol is an incredibly intelligent, beautifully-written, wonderfully witty piece," said Masterson.
Masterson says it's the message behind the story that is always a good reminder.
"When there are people struggling in the world, and generosity is required, it's important for us to keep our eyes open to those who need our help," said Masterson.
The show starts at 7 p.m. December 7 in the school's theatre on East Third Street in Bethlehem.