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September 13, 2004
Taking the stage when the spotlight is on you
By Kate Haire and Katie Jordan
Asking someone about auditions toa show can sometimes cause more butterflies in your stomach than actually going on stage.
But luckily, there is no need to beso nervous about trying to become an active member of theater at your school.
If you’re interested in gettinginvolved with your school’s drama department, start by getting informed: Listen to announcements, search the walls for flyers, and talk to your local drama geeks. (You know who they are.)
It shouldn’t be too hard to find outwhat you need to know to get into the drama club.
You may be enthusiastic and wantto jump right into all the excitement of a school play, and that’s great. But don’t get ahead of yourself: Before you can become a star, you’ll have to audition.
Knowledge of several basic detailsis essential for any successful audition.
Find out when the auditions willbe held and — unless your voice really carries — what room they’ll be in.
Also know what the play will be,and if possible, get familiar with the material ahead of time. Practice may not make perfect, but it will help you win over your audience.
If you’re comfortable with the playalready, you’ll feel calm and self-assured at the audition. That’s a definite plus.
It’s crucial to be asrelaxed and confident as possible.
When it’s your turnto audition, remember the rules of drama: Stand straight, project your voice, and say the lines slowly, clearly, and with emotion. Even if you mess up, keep going as if nothing happened, because that’s what you’d have to do on stage.
Your stage presenceis really key to getting you a part in the production.
Also, it couldn’thurt to bake cookies for the director.
Try your best, butdon’t worry if you’re no Tom Hanks when you audition. Directors know that the actors they choose will have time to improve and really get into their roles.
Another importanttip is not to worry about what part you get. Keep in mind that, although you may think you’ll be perfect for one part, the director of the show knows best, and will place you where they see fit.
Remember, every single part in theplay is important, and you have to put them all together to make a great performance.
That great performance will alsotake a lot of hard work. There are lines to memorize and rehearsals to attend, so you have to be willing to put in the time and effort.
Even if you have no desire to be inthe spotlight, there are still lots of ways that you can help out backstage.
“Techies,” as the cast affectionatelycalls them, assist the director during shows by putting out scenery, doing light cues, and communicating between the director and the cast.
They also get to dress in black andwear really snazzy headsets.
There’s no denying that the set is abig part of every production, so anybody who will help build and paint it is welcome. This is a great option for kids who really want to be involved, but don’t have a lot of time for rehearsals. Just show up, help out for as long as you can stay, then you’re off the hook.
You might also be able to assist inthe search for props and bits of costumes that are needed. The school drama department has quite a bit of stuff, but there’s always something missing.
Overall, a lot of work has to bedone to put on a successful show in the world of theater. There are sets to be painted, props and costumes to be bought, roles to be cast, lines to be learned, and a show to be made.
No one can do it alone, and themore people helping out, the better.
And even if it is a lot of work, it’s definitelyworth it.
After your performance is over andthe final curtain closes, that feeling of accomplishment is something that you’ll treasure for a long time.
Or, at least, until your next show.
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