Monday, January 31, 2011

Latest update: Impossible Things eaten by SNOW!

This afternoon the writers and directors for 6 IMPOSSIBLE THINGS held an emergency meeting.  Because of the extensive cancellations due to weather conditions since the beginning of January, we are canceling the winter production. 

Thank-you for all of your time and commitment to this project.  We will keep you informed of plans to perform the plays later in the year.

The auditions for SCAPIN will be held on February 14th & 15th - with snow dates possible for the 16th, 17th & 18th if needed!

Perusal scripts are available from Ms. Gwin in the nurses' office.  Please note that the show uses physical humor but will NOT be performed as a "clown" show.  The clowning workshops were simply a way to begin an exploration of physical humor.

Hope to see you at the auditions!

Sarah Ruhl public talk 2/10 in Middletown

Playwright Sarah Ruhl - author of EURYDICE - will be at Wesleyan University at 8 PM on February 10th to talk about her work in a 90-minute public appearance. She will be introduced by Professor David Jaffe.

(originally scheduled for 2/3 but moved due to weather)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

6 IMPOSSIBLE THINGS - Playwright & Director EMERGENCY Meeting 1/31

This weekend a couple of the writers and directors for 6 IMPOSSIBLE THINGS have contacted me because of the number of snow-days and postponements in the rehearsal schedule.  Because this week's forecast is predicting 2 similar storms for this week as well, we will hold a meeting of the playwrights and directors for an emergency meeting after school Monday 1/31 at 2:20 to discuss our options regarding the upcoming show.

I hope to see you at this meeting--


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rehearsals begin today

After delays for snow and ice -- at last we will hold a rehearsal!

Be sure to note which plays you are in and what days they rehearse.

Please be on time, and come prepared with your scripts and with a pencil.

Let's get to work!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tuesday, January 18th 6 Impossible Things Starts!

We've been delayed by the snow this week - but we will begin rehearsals for 6 IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST on Tuesday, January 18th after-school.  Check the casts and schedules noted below to confirm your rehearsal days.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast Cast Lists & Rehearsal Days

6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Casts and Schedule

DIARY OF A BUG (Mondays)
By Tori Gordon
Directed by Abby Bora
Grace Chattin
David Tang

By Tara Pealer
Directed by Tori Gordon
Forest Smith
CC Simmons
Katie Pealer

By David Sindel
Directed by David Tang
Justin Carroll
Amanda Hutchinson
Tara Pealer
Jsana Strong
Grace Chattin
Nastasia Humphries

STRANGERS (Tuesdays)
By Justin Carroll
Directed by Nathan Watrous
Kyla Wingrove-Haughlan
Paige Gruskowski
Forest Smith
Abby Bora
Justin Carroll

By David Tang
Directed by Forest Smith
Nastasia Humphries
Nathan Watrous
Tori Gordon
Amanda Throop

By Nathan Watrous
Directed by Amanda Hutchinson
Amber Coombe
Abby Bora
Ashley Giordano
Jenni Disco
Forest Smith
Tori Gordon
Tara Pealer
CC Simmons
David Sindel

TRUCK STOP (Thursdays)
By Kyla Rose Wingrove-Haugland
Directed by Justin Carroll
Hannah Posey
David Sindel
Laura Forte
David Tang
Paige Gruskowski

Saturday, January 8, 2011

You've got an audition, now you need an acting resume

A map is not the territory it represents, but if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness. - Alfred Korzybski
Your resume is a lot like a map; it renders a representation of you through a clear and focused list of your accomplishments.  Jam it full of too much detail and it becomes indiscernible, too little and it is useless.  How do you create a concise document that creates a useful and detailed "map" of you as a student actor? Begin as soon as possible.

In her article Respect, Create, Learn, setting the stage in a new theater classroom (Dramatics Magazine) author and educator Gai Jones describes directing her students to track their theatrical accomplishments by logging details into a "“conflated” résumé":
Students often forget their past accomplishments until they are required to list them. This résumé should include every theatre performance, monologue, scene, original work, dance recital, and vocal performance they have completed in their lifetime in order from the most distant to the most current. They should also list every bit of theatre training they have undergone, every festival they have attended, and every honor and award bestowed upon them, no matter how mundane. This includes best smile, most improved, best runner, speller of the week, and so on. Encourage the students to type up a special skills section, specifying whether they are at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level, and tell them to round out the résumé with accents, novelty talents, and athletic skills. Now they have a résumé that they can add to or hone down depending on their needs.
But what if you need to compile your resume for a task right away?

Begin by sitting down and listing what you've been doing in the theater.  Start with roles and plays, note where and when they were performed, and who directed them if noteworthy (Ms. Carter in 4th grade may have been very nice, but wracking your brain over her name and researching the play in which you played an owl won't win you any admiration).

As a high school student it is best to include any roles you have performed with your school program, classes held at the school that you have taken, and perhaps reach back to middle-school productions if necessary, but your grammar-school work is best left off of the listings unless there is something exceptionally notable.

If you have performed any work with community or other groups outside of your school programs, these should be listed along with making note about where and when these events occurred.  They serve to illustrate your willingness to pursue your goals as a theater artist beyond the easy reach of school programs.

Do you sing in a choir? Perform in other ways like public speaking? Are there other places that you have worked or volunteered in a public forum? These are all possibilities for inclusion on your resume.

Make several lists of the various categories that your work could be organized under.  Examples include School Productions, Classwork, Community Productions, Professional Productions, Technical Theater, Volunteer Work, Awards, or other choices particular to your experiences.

The website Ace Your Audition lists several examples of beginner and student resumes, and has this to say about composing your page:
Keep it simple.  You'll notice there's a lot of white space. That's okay. Just make sure it's well formatted and attractive to the eye. Make it look professional.  [...] [A]ny experience is experience. Were you a spear holder in Hamlet at your high school? Were you Joseph in your church's Nativity play? Done any children's theatre? Put it all on your actor resume. Had any training? Write it down. Put it in bold so that it draws the eye. Training shows that you're serious. And there's always the chance that your auditors know your teachers.
You've made your lists, now look at the information and begin to organize it.  What is the most important information you want the reviewers of your work to know?  That goes near the top.  Think about that map: what is the important information that is needed to include.  You don't need to represent every tree on the road, you need to sort out the best information and make it concise but clear.

In his book The Actor's Audition (Vintage Original, 1990) theater director David Black describes the goal of a clear and well-organized resume:
The most important function of your résumé is to support the opinion of someone who has taken an interest in you. [...] If you do not have enough credits to fill up a résumé, list what you have done under the heading "Representative Roles." This allows you to put down parts you have performed in college, school, camp, and so on. Even roles you have studied or wish to perform can be listed under this heading. (pp. 94-5)
He cautions against excessive padding, or listing false credentials, "What may seem , in a moment of poetic license, to be harmless padding can come back to haunt you and might even cost you a job rather than get you one." (p. 94)

Remember that you are drawing a map -- creating an easy to follow, informative representation of your history in theater.  That history will indicate your intent as a theater artist and serve to point toward your continued goals.  Remember that the people requesting your resume are interested in learning more about you.  Make that process as simple and straight-forward as possible.

Make a map that the people interested in your work can follow, a map that represents your experience, your common-sense, and your accomplishments thus far as a theater artist.


For more information and samples online check out these resources:
Ace Your Audition

Respect, Create, Learn, setting the stage in a new theater classroom by Gai Jones

Or get some books:
The Actor's Audition by David Black

I GOT IN! The ultimate Guide for Acting and Musical Theatre! by Mary Anna Dennard

Auditions conclude January 10th

Due to the cancellation of after-school activities on Friday, the final day of auditions for 6 IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST will be held Monday, January 10th.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast auditions postponed!

The second day of auditions for our winter show "Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast" scheduled for Friday, January 7 has been postponed until Monday, Jan. 11 after school in the LHS auditorium. Please come prepared to perform a short monologue.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Audition Tips and online Info

Audition Techniques and Tips for Students Online

Want to know more about how to prepare for an audition -

Checkout these online resources as eHow:

Acting Audition Preparations

For our auditions it is a good idea to come prepared with a short, memorized monologue.  Your piece could be anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length.  Checkout this monologue advice article on all about Performing a Monologue.

How do you find a monologue to perform? Check out these tips on How to Pick a Monologue that Works.

And - of course - BREAK A LEG!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Standard Play Format

For online information about standard play format you can download the industry standard from Samuel French:

You can also get advice from The Playwrights Muse.

Playwright/Director Meeting January 4

There will be a Playwright/Director Meeting after school January 4th for 6 Impossible Things.  We will be discussing the auditions and individuals' responsibilities for the production.  Playwrights should bring any new works or rewrites to this meeting.