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Summer is here and I know many of you are itching to be back in theatre so here are some ideas...
Summer Theatre Camps
There are theatre camps/workshops or intensives all over larger cities and most are still accepting students. Check out arts or community centers sometimes the YMCA will have camps if your'e in a smaller town, or even check in with community/professional theatre companies in the area.
I know many of the companies in St. Louis have already held auditions for summer shows, however, there are still community theatre groups out there producing shows. Audition for a show to do over the summer. Side note: be sure to check dates/conflicts on all vacation plans before auditioning ;) Doing a show in community theatre is a great way to build connections and make new friends!
Reach out to local theatre companies, professional and community and see if there are opportunities for short term internships or apprenticeships! There is always work to be done in the theatre and you can learn a lot through the process.
Work on Audition Material
While your student may not know the audition requirements for their schools upcoming show season, it's always a good idea to be working on audition material to be ready! Building your audition book is important so when auditions DO arise, you're not scrambling to find new material and you're actually prepared!
This summer, I'm starting an online audition prep course for 8th-10th graders that runs June 1-30. It includes access to a Facebook group where I'll be doing weekly live Q & A sessions, posting audition tips and videos, helping students select audition material to work on during this course and each student will receive a 30 minute online coaching session with me. It will be an online community of theatre students who want to learn and grow together....just think of it like a virtual cast! The best part of doing this online is you can catch up whenever, so it won't interfere with vacation plans! It's only $20 for this session and space is limited! Here's the link to join!
Let me know if you have any questions about things to do this summer or about the online course!
Don't wait to enroll, spots are limited! :)
Hi Audition Well Friends!
Knowing your type for theatre is really important and can help you book jobs, land the part and secure your place in a college program.
Type casting (casting based on a person’s look) isn’t something new, it’s an easy way for directors to eliminate people in massive cattle call auditions when they’re looking for a specific “type” for a role. Typing has tricked down to college auditions over the past 5-10 years as well.
Keep reading...I'll give you the tools to figure out your type.
THE TRUTH ABOUT TYPE
Why is it important to know your type now in high school?
It can save you years of frustration in the audition room and not getting cast!
Can my type change? Your type will change as you get older, you will be able to play older roles (probably be able to play some of the roles you were playing as a high schooler). Just as we grow as humans, we have to adapt in the theatrical world too.
How do I figure out my type?
You want to choose age appropriate material, always. The more specific you can be, the better. Just because YOU connect with the role doesn’t mean you are right for it in the director’s eyes. There are other factors involved when casting:
Do you have some of the same personality traits as the character?
Physical appearance/characteristic as they relate to the character?
Self Assessment: You’re going to have to have an honest conversation with yourself, which can be challenging sometimes but it’s necessary.
P.S. The more you can figure out your type and find audition material, the more successful you’ll be!
You can go to audition after audition and wonder why you’re not getting the roles OR you can take 30-minutes and let’s have a chat!