slip-of-a-bolt said: Hi! Great blog- I just wanted to let you know that in the Les Mis "The Bachelor" post, you tagged it as Cassie Levy. That is actually Samantha Hill, who plays Cosette. Cassie is the excellent Fantine in the cast!
Thanks. I’ll fix that.
Sorry if I haven’t been active lately. Let’s just say job hunting sucks.
In other news, the Toronto International Film Festival is coming up and I was able to get tickets for The Last Five Years. It’s one of my favourite musicals and I want to see how they work it out on the big screen.
Anonymous said: can you give a detailed explanation of the things you said musical theatre auditions shouldnt be
aah yes, after hours of research, this is what i have come up with for tips on choosing your musical theatre song for an audition
NO ROCK MUSICALS
Specifically, no Next to Normal or Spring Awakening. Not only are they overdone and the director will be comparing you to everyone else and be bored out of their mind, they are also written for certain voice types. Even if you have that alternative rock sound, it’s safest to stay away from it for your audition.
NO JUKEBOX MUSICALS
This makes you look like you know nothing about musical theatre and you just wanted to sing a Green Day song. Again, meant for specific voices. Not to mention no one in the world likes Mamma Mia! and if you do it’s because you haven’t experienced good theatre.
NO SONDHEIM, RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN, COLE PORTER, SHWARTZ
All of these music/lyric artists are absolutely amazing and it’s fantastic to hear Sutton Foster belt Anything Goes on a big Broadway stage, but you are not Sutton Foster. All of their music is terribly overdone, which as mentioned in the rock musicals section, isn’t good for a number of reasons. If you must choose one of their pieces, make sure it’s one of their lesser known songs. Also, no Les Mis. I don’t care that Lea Michele sang On My Own for her Glee audition.
NO JASON ROBERT BROWN
You wouldn’t want to sabotage your own audition, therefore don’t give the accompanist something that is so difficult to sight read. Again, terribly overdone as well. Especially stray from The Last 5 Years because every director in the world is tired of hearing an audition about an audition. His songs are also very mature and I know a lot of my followers are still teenagers, and while they may sound fantastic singing the songs, it wouldn’t make much sense.
NOTHING NEW ON BROADWAY
If a show just closed or opened on Broadway, it’s probably too soon to use their music. Not only would it be incredibly hard to find correct sheet music, if you’re auditioning for a professional show then the director may have seen this production recently or downloaded the cast recording and will be comparing you to the star. I wouldn’t want to be compared to Barrett Weed and you shouldn’t either.
NO BELTING TO SHOW OFF
I get it, you can belt and maybe that’s you’re signature thing or you’re not as comfortable with your regular singing voice. But if you belt too much in your audition it will look like you’re showing off. If the director is seriously interested in you, he will ask you at a callback how high your belt is/if you can belt (if the part calls for it), so there’s no point doing it beforehand, it just gets annoying.
SING SOMETHING THE GENDER OF THE CHARACTER YOU’RE AUDITIONING FOR
Ladies, I know we all love Aaron Tveit, but that doesn’t mean that we can sing Goodbye and nail it. Generally, it’s a good rule of thumb to perform a song originated by someone of your character’s gender.
SING SOMETHING IN YOUR AGE RANGE
If you are 16 years old then it would look extremely odd if you get up there and start singing about divorce. That just doesn’t fit. Same as if you’re 40 and you try to sing something from 13 (which you shouldn’t do anyway if you read the no JRB section)
SING SOMETHING THAT COMPLIMENTS THE CHARACTER YOU’RE AUDITIONING FOR
If you’re auditioning to play Rose in Dogfight it wouldn’t make much sense to sing Dead Girl Walking from Heathers. You would probably want to try something with a more innocent touch to it.
After reading this list you have probably deleted all but one song on your “Auditions” playlist and you probably sound terrible on that song and now you’re screwed and have to go discover new musicals. It sucks, I know. If you want any help choosing a song I can try to help but I’m kind of in the same boat right now.
I would also add no Andrew Lloyd Webber, particularly songs from Phantom, Cats, and Evita. Basically, avoid overly familiar material. There’s a lot of songs to choose from other than “On My Own” or “Defying Gravity”.
Also, don’t imitate the actors that are associated to the role. If you’re auditioning for Max Bialystock from The Producers, don’t do a Nathan Lane impression during your audition. Make it your own; give the casting directors a fresh and unique approach to the character.
How to Choose and Prepare and Monologue
Theatre Power Point 1 / ?
Coming soon: How to Choose and Prepare and Audition Song
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jd + warning signs of abusive relationships (musical)
—if any of this sounds familiar to you, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (US)
Anonymous said: So I want to go into theater as a career but am really scared and I don't know what other jobs could be my backup. I don't even know how I'm going to get all the money for college anyway let alone go out of state into. Liberal arts school or a drama school. I thought about psychology but that's many years of school. I'm just really scared that I have no idea what I'm doing yet all my friends know there top three colleges and somehow know how they're going to pay for it.
This question has a couple of parts, so I’m going to break it up:
This is going to sound harsh, but here it is.
I know your friends are rubbing their acceptance letters in your face right now, but I went to high school with people who “had it all figured out” senior year. They got into out-of-state, very expensive schools and bragged about it every day to everyone.
Fast forward 6 years, and many of them either dropped out and went to the community college back home or they are riddled with crippling student loan debt. Not all of them, but many of them are unemployed or unfulfilled with their jobs. So seriously, don’t worry about those guys. Just focus on your goals and making your life better. You have just as good a chance to be successful going to a state university or even a community college.
Here’s a link that will help you pick a college. As far as paying for it, once you’ve applied to a few colleges, you can start applying for scholarships, grants, and loans at those schools.
We get the theatre question pretty often. Here’s our standard advice:
Most people associate salary with success, but that just isn’t the case. Success is being happy with your life and what you do every day. If theatre makes you happy, that’s really all that matters.
I know what you’re thinking. How will I pay my bills? That’s a good question.
If you want to go the traditional actor route, the reality is you’re probably not going to have a steady income. You’re going to have to go to auditions to support yourself, but if that’s what you’re passionate about and you work hard, you should be able to make a living. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average hourly salary for actors was $20.26. It’s not a doctor’s salary, but it’s not minimum wage either.
"Why is Hedwig not appropriate for me … It’s so hard to be a 6 year old who loves theatre."
Oh. My. God. This kid is perfection. Never change, little man; never change.
This kid watches more shows on Broadway than me. Mad props to his parents for bringing him to the theatre.
Lin-Manuel tweets about Ferguson with brilliant musical theatre lyrics
- Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
- Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
- Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
- Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
- Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
- Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
- Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
- Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
- Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.
If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.