Welcome back, again, to part 3 of MTU's audition tips series: today we'll discuss the art of choosing, preparing and delivering a fantastic monologue for your audition. Bring what they ask for. As mentioned in audition tips part 1 on general professionalism, casting directors are not just looking at how talented you are, they are also evaluating what it will be like to work with you. If they ask for a 1 minute piece of a serious nature, bring one. Show directors that you can follow simple instructions.Read More
Aside from obvious considerations such as location, price, and your capacity and willingness to actually commit to the work, there are a number of important things to keep in mind before jumping in on (or continuing) an acting class this year. Though this list is by no means exhaustive, I hope it helps guide your choices in finding a class to make this year your year.Read More
Musical theatre performers with a strong musical or instrumental background tend to be guilty of this most often: you've mastered the fine details of every note, rhythm, lyric and breath mark, but you've forgotten that the people watching you don't really care about that stuff - they want to feel something while you sing. You're pleased with yourself for singing your piece so perfectly, but you're getting feedback that you're boring to watch.Read More
I recently wrote a post on why meditation is important for musical theater actors, along with an eBook how-to-meditate guide. Progressive muscle relaxation is an equally useful relaxation technique that has applications for musical theater. As performers, relaxation techniques are extremely important for the work that we do, because we need to be able to clear our chattering thoughts on a moment’s notice, calm your pre-performance jitters, give a truthful response, connect with a character, or concentrate quickly on some challenging choreography that the dance captain has changed at the last minute. More so than any other career, musical theater demands the skill of silencing your mind and coming into the present. Progressive muscle relaxation is a sounds fancy, but it's really simple - jRead More
About the book: published in 2012, this book is very current and makes an excellent, up-to-date guide on singing as storytelling.
About the authors: the authors make a great pair, one being primarily an actor and the other primarily a director and writer,Read More
We all know the feeling: your show ended 3 weeks ago, you don't have anything else lined up yet, and you're back into the grind of working at your day job. Or maybe you just got rejected at an audition. You're not motivated to practice, because there's nothing on the horizon. You scan audition postings, and nothing stands out. You wonder if you'll ever make a living performing, and if you'll be stuck at this day job for the rest of your life. You're officially in a RUT. What's a musical theater performer to do?Read More
About the book: Published in 2006, "Acting Songs" is still current enough to be a guide for making your music come alive in musical theater, cabaret, auditions or other performance settings. Although short, just 95 pages, the length is one of the things I like best about it, making it approachable, easy to read with very little jargon, and can be finished quickly for those looking for immediate, actionable take-aways.Read More