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Auditions: How to Behave in “The Room”

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You can act, you can sing, maybe you can even dance, play an instrument, and eat fire, but can you AUDITION? Can you go into the room and present yourself in a professional manner, and not open the door to any unnecessary judgment or questions? I’ve heard many people say that this is a separate skill, and while I don’t know if I completely buy into that theory, I do know that there is one thing an actor will do if given the chance: shoot themselves in the foot. Here’s how not to do that.

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A Little Perspective

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As a standby in the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, I’m often in a Starbucks during most performances, so when it was time to go on for a short time, my initial response was, “Damn, there goes all my free time.” As a parent of two small children, time is at a premium. But you may think I’ve completely missed the boat, that I should be elated at having a performing opportunity—and you’d be right, it just took me a couple of days to get here.

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Performing Arts High School Auditions: First Steps

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Applying to get into some high schools these days is like applying for college. Every year thousands of kids compete for a limited number of spots at performing arts high schools. Preparing for auditions is a pressure-filled process over several months that can lead to big smiles or lots of tears. But how can you prepare your child – and yourself — for this process?

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No Summer Gig…No Big Deal

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When last we met, I was extolling the virtues of summer stock theatre, that magical place where you build your skills as a performer, meet fascinating (and not-so fascinating) people, and try very hard not to embarrass yourself at the closing night party. But what if you’re not doing stock, what if you’re in the City (or elsewhere) for the summer, not necessarily performing? What should you do with yourself all summer?

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Of Tonys, Snacks, and Hamilton

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So, the 70th Annual Tony Awards are in the books, and it was a great night! I spent the evening with about a dozen friends, and we had a viewing party. It was awesome! It was like we were in the Beacon Theatre, well, except that we had snacks and weren’t quite as dressed up as the Tony-goers were. And our ballots weren’t quite official.

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News, thoughts, opinions and advice for the performing arts community.