Ways to keep your show fresh, mid-run

Ways to keep your show fresh, mid-run

Congratulations! You’ve survived the first few chaotic weeks of your show. Small issues with timing, costume changes, setting props and traffic patterns have been worked out. It feels good! It also feels…..like a monotonous routine. This is the point at which a show is in danger of falling flat and losing spontaneity, if actors don’t proactively take steps to keep their performances fresh. Here are a few strategies to keep your edge: Go back to the text. Don’t let your familiarity with your speaking and singing parts get in the way of the reason why you’re saying them. Go back to the message your character is trying to get across. Nothing is ever casual in musical theatre, and the playwright is highlighting this part for a reason. What do you want? How are you going to get it? Focus on that desire.

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Performance anxiety in musical theatre settings

Performance anxiety in musical theatre settings

Most people have experienced some level of anxiety before, during, and/or after a performance of some sort. Those performances may include traditional performing arts such as dance, theatre, or music, or a wide range of other experiences that create similar circumstances such as public speaking, corporate presentations, sales, teaching, sports, or test taking. You might be uncomfortable, but have no idea what’s happening to you or how to solve it. Additionally, it is not uncommon for people who experience performance anxiety to also experience generalized anxiety symptoms in their professional life, home life, relationships, and basic day-to-day situations. 

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