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Preparing an Operatic Role: Part Two

Successfully performing an operatic role requires a ton of work and planning before you step foot on stage. Enjoy part two in our series on preparing an operatic role. Study one opera singer’s journey as she gets ready to perform the role of Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto. Learn how to perform character research, memorize your lines and other expert tips.

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Playwright Chronicles: Marco Antonio Rodriguez

Here at StageAgent we have had a busy few months adding guides for exciting new works. Working with a host of new playwrights from across the globe, our catalogue of shows now also features a wide-range of guides for new full-length and one-act plays and musicals. We have built up fascinating new relationships with our diverse and inspiring group of new playwrights.

We were interested in learning what inspires these playwrights creatively, why they started out as a writer, and the challenges they have faced along the way. Over the course of a series of new blog posts, we will be asking playwrights to share their experiences and shine a light on how they set about writing many of the new works that are featured on StageAgent. First up, we are very pleased to introduce a wonderful playwright, Marco Antonio Rodriguez! 

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Preparing an Operatic Role: Part One

After all that hard work preparing for your auditions you’ve received the best news: you got the job! You’ve been offered a role in a production somewhere! Mission accomplished, right?

Wrong! Here’s where the work really starts. It makes no difference if you were offered the role on a pay-to-sing, amateur production, a young artist program (YAP), a summer school, a regional tour, or the Met, the preparation you do before day one of rehearsals will determine not only how well you perform this particular role, but could influence the rest of your career.

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Tips for First-Time Directors: Managing the Production

Directing Les Misérables

Congratulations! You’re directing your first show and are probably feeling a little overwhelmed right now — which is totally normal. Whether you are directing at a school or with a community theater, all directors have the same starting point: choosing the show. Selecting the show requires considering many factors, including people, time frame, budget. And then, after the show is chosen, you now have many things to consider before auditions even start, and all of these things can be broken down into two categories: aesthetics and logistics.

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Using a Smartphone to Prep a Monologue or Song

You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor that hasn’t practiced (mugged) in the mirror when prepping a role, monologue, or song. And while the mirror is a perfectly natural choice, the problem with the mirror is in the user. It’s human nature for all of us to look ‘where we want to look.’ We look at our hair, our waistline, our arms—we look at the thing we want others to see and appreciate. While in private moments we may look at what we perceive are flaws or imperfections, overall, we are looking in the mirror to find validation.

Enter the camera phone, now capable of greater video and photographic ability than ever before.

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