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The National Tour: More Conversations on Casting

Casting Director Alison Franck

StageAgent interviews casting director Alison Franck for another perspective on casting a national tour. Alison has been casting everything from Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, National Tours, Television, and Film for more than 20 years. She offers some personal insights on touring and gives actors some valuable tips on the use of modern technology in auditioning.

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Top Tips on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, with over 50,000 performances of 3,279 shows in nearly 300 venues across the city in 2016. It is held in August every year, and it is really never too early to start planning for the Fringe! There are so many things to consider: What type of venue is best for your show? City center or out of the main action? How do you promote it? How do you compete with the thousands of other shows appearing at the Fringe? Honestly, the top tip really is to ENJOY the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! The diversity, quality, and eccentricity on display is amazing. There really is nothing like it!

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Theatre for Young Audiences: An Enchanting Genre

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Children’s Theatre gets a bad rap. Some think it’s a fluff genre, with no substance. It’s as if a play for children doesn’t merit the same artistic credibility as a play for adults. Glitter, polka dots, and silly songs, can’t compare to Brecht, Stoppard, and Mamet. But these misconceptions couldn’t be further from the truth. Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is making waves, breaking molds, and giving artists endless creative opportunities fostering the future of theatre.

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College Tours: Finding the Perfect School for You

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Choosing a college can be challenging for many high school students. This can be even more true for soon-to-be performing arts or entertainment-bound students. College tours might be the answer for the prospective student, giving them an in-depth look at a prospective school and department. Taking one of the Cast and Crew College tours might not eliminate all of the intensity associated with the choosing the perfect arts school, but it leaves one much more confident about a life-changing decision.

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THE NATIONAL TOUR: CASTING

Casting Director Bob Kale

StageAgent interviews casting director, Bob Kale, on his perspective with casting national tours. Bob has been casting theatre, television and film for more than 20 years. He answers such questions as “What, if anything, is different about casting a national tour versus casting a regional production of the same show?” and “What’s the biggest challenge in casting a tour, or really, casting anything?” You’ll be surprised at the answer.

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