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A Theatre Geek’s Back-to-School Shopping Guide

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Shopping for normal-people school supplies is easy. You walk into Staples and buy one of everything and then never use it. But how should you approach back-to-school shopping as a theatre person? Allow me to translate your school supply list into theatrical terms, using every student’s favorite tool: Venn Diagrams.

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Audition Material That’s Right for YOU

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I have found, both in my life as a creative and in my career in casting that there are two kinds of people: those who love auditioning and those that would rather eat glass, but know they must audition in order to work. Either way, auditioning is a necessary evil, if you want to be a professional actor. There is just no way around it. If you are a person who loves auditioning, consider yourself blessed.

If you are not one of those people, every little thing about the audition process probably becomes something that you question or second-guess. What you wear, when you arrive, what you prepare, and even the simplest moments like interacting with the monitor become things that you obsess about the night before — and maybe even sometimes stop you from going to your audition. These fears become your excuses.

First, I just want to say that these fears are totally valid. How you deal with the process of putting yourself out there is your own business, and each individual relationship with the audition process from breezy to terrified is totally legitimate.

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12 Tips to Help Actors Survive Long Runs

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1.  Buy an extra larynx, just in case.

If on a budget, make one using premium deli meat.

2.  Periodically reconnect with the source material.  

Especially if the show is about dessert.

3.  Switch costumes with someone weekly, as a sign of affection.

You might be tempted to warn them but I say don’t. 

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Top 10 Musical Theater Composers

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Imagine a world without the dulcet songs from Into the Woods, Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Little Shop of Horrors.  Undoubtedly, musical theater composers have changed Western culture for the better.  Amongst musical theater composers, there are an elite few who have become world renowned.  These are the composers who have written the musicals we all know and love. Every day, StageAgent members ‘fan’ their favorite composers. Let’s take a look at the top ten musical theater composers of all time, as voted by StageAgent members:

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Actors: Do Your Homework!

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The other day, I got on the subway and overheard a young musical theatre actor say, “Oh no, I don’t know the work of Annie Baker. Honestly, I don’t really read plays.” It took all of my strength not to walk over to this young man, shake him, and scream, “THIS IS YOUR CRAFT!!! YOU HAVE TO EDUCATE YOURSELF OR YOU WILL BECOME IRRELEVANT.” But it was hot and I was tired — so I rolled my eyes, said a wee prayer for his career, and enjoyed my brief respite in the air conditioning.

However, the incident got me thinking about how, more and more, I am meeting performers and industry professionals who are not doing their homework — and it shows. Yes, school is starting for many theatre students all over the world in the next couple of weeks, but — in fact — the homework never stops. Homework should be an essential part of your life, throughout your career. There are a lot of people who believe that if they have gone to school and done well, then they are educated, have a leg up in the industry,

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