Simple ways to create magnetic stage presence

Simple ways to create magnetic stage presence

You’ve learned your song, memorized it, planned your breath marks, and refined your vocal tone quality. When you sing it, your song sounds just amazing. Does that mean you are you ready to perform it? NO! Live vocal performances aren’t complete until you’ve added the visual element - how you look while you’re singing. Most audiences get just as much out of watching a singer as they do listening, which is why live concerts continue to be popular even though we’ve had the technology to record music for a very long time. The visual elements of a performance, known as stage presence, are a critical part of what takes a singer from good to great.

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Memorization tips for musical theatre actors

Memorization tips for musical theatre actors

One of the least glamorous but most important skills for the musical theatre artist to have in their professional toolbox is simple memorization. Memorization will be an element of every acting job you encounter, and your lines are only the beginning; you also must memorize entrances and exits, blocking positions, props, and costume changes.

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Musical theatre audition tips part 3: perfecting your monolouge

Musical theatre audition tips part 3: perfecting your monolouge

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.

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Great technique, but no soul

Great technique, but no soul

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.

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