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[post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => well-know-broadway-musicals [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-15 13:47:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-15 18:47:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_quiz&p=28678 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_quiz [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28790 [post_author] => 736 [post_date] => 2018-02-15 13:38:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-15 18:38:46 [post_content] => Your best go-to audition songs should be something that shows off your talent, personality, voice and love of singing. However, with all the great songs out there, it can be tough to pick just the right one. Here is a four-step guide to help you find the perfect song for your next audition:

1. Choose Songs From Shows You Love

danielle brooks dancing GIF Which musicals do you love? Which ones make your soul excited and emotionally charged? Zero in on your favorite musicals, then take a good listen to all the songs they feature. From there, make a list of the specific songs you love from those shows. It’s also recommended to listen to other musicals listen by the same composer/lyricists as the musicals you love, if you aren’t already familiar with them. You might just find some surprising gems in there.

2. Choose What Fits Your Voice Type

titus andromedon singing GIF by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Now, look at your list and ask yourself which of those fit your voice type. You need to be honest with yourself here, so make sure songs gel with your voice strengths. If you need more help, think more specifically about whether you’re a soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Do you have a huge belt like Ethel Merman, a pop sound like Maureen in “Rent” or do you sound like Laurie in “Oklahoma?” Try to narrow down your song list to find tunes that match your voice type. This is also a great time to ask a voice, choral or drama teacher and/or professional for help if you don’t know your voice type or what might be easiest or best for you to sing. Also, if you absolutely love a song on your list but it doesn't match your voice type, you can always find someone to transpose it to your preferred key.

3. Choose What Matches Your Personality

weird dog GIF Now that you have narrowed down choices for your vocal range, it’s time to find songs that match your personality. Are you funny? Are you serious? Do you like to crack jokes, or tell a good story? Choose the songs on your list that best match your traits so you’ll be able to naturally act as you sing.

4. Choose a Song That Makes You Feel Like a Star

sassy hair GIF You now have a list of songs that match your voice type and your personality. The last question you need to ask yourself to make your final decision is whether you feel like a star when you sing each song. Do you feel like a performer who can stand center stage in the spotlight and totally wow the audience? Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to pick a big, loud, 11 o’clock number. Instead, it means you need a song you can sing in any audition at any time, in sickness or in health, on a good day or a bad day. It needs to be a song that you will be excited to sing no matter what. If you have more than one song that passes this test, great! You have an amazing starting point for an audition book and your go-to audition songs. Good luck, and have fun! How do you decide which songs to pick for an audition? Let us know in the comments! [post_title] => How To Pick Your Best Audition Song In 4 Steps [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => how-to-pick-your-best-audition-song-in-4-steps [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-15 13:38:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-15 18:38:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28790 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28382 [post_author] => 1294 [post_date] => 2018-02-14 21:42:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-15 02:42:07 [post_content] => Eligibility rules: 1. The production must've won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical 2. The production must've won that award during the 2000's Understand? Then let the voting begin! [post_title] => Vote For The Best Musical Revival Of The 2000's! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => vote-best-musical-revival-2000s [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-14 21:42:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-15 02:42:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28382 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28708 [post_author] => 774 [post_date] => 2018-02-13 17:33:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-13 22:33:02 [post_content] => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctT2UXWWj5s

Welcome back to another Theatre Nerds DIY! In this video we will be creating the rose from Beauty and the Beast. Hope you guys enjoy, and please don’t forget to leave comments and suggestions for future projects you would like to see.

What You Need:

-Bell Jar (I purchased mine at Ikea with the option of gold of wood base)

-x2 Roses (One that will go inside the jar, another that will be used for extra petals and leafs)


-Hot Glue

-Green Clay

-Battery powered fairy lights


First, measure your rose to your bell jar and make sure you leave some room so it can be bent to give it its welting look. Cut the excess stem and put to the side. If your flower has too many leafs, trim to your liking.

From the extra rose, cut off some petals that will be placed at the base of the jar. Adhere them to the base with hot glue.

Once the rose is the correct size, create a small mound of clay in the center of the base and place the stem inside it. Stabilize the rose on the base while placing the glass overtop. For added fun, take your fairy lights and wrap them around the base of the bell jar.

After the lights have been wrapped, you are all done and have finished your very own Beauty and the Beast rose!

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! Send and tag us in photos of your own rose.

Happy DIY’ing-see you next time!

Follow Katie on Instagram @kbettiniart

[post_title] => Video: Beauty And The Beast Rose DIY [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => video-beauty-beast-rose-diy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-13 17:33:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-13 22:33:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28708 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28667 [post_author] => 736 [post_date] => 2018-02-13 10:05:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-13 15:05:25 [post_content] => Though it’s easy to get dazzled by a show’s music, acting and choreography, set pieces quite literally set the stage for the world you are witnessing and are a vital part of any Broadway musical. Whether they wind up being part of a major plot point or provide a visual spectacle, here are nine of the most iconic set pieces on Broadway:

1. The Chandelier in ‘Phantom Of The Opera’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py__iDeCFkc This moving set piece is the pièce de résistance of this show, gliding over the audience and crashing down to help create the dramatic climax we will always remember.

2. The Barricade in ‘Les Misérables’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXKGvHxHQzM The awe-inspiring barricade, built with chairs, tables and many other pieces, is certainly the visual stunner of this production, whether you see it onstage or in the recent movie version.

3. The Tire in ‘Cats’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr_BMf6W7So The large tire is the most recognizable set piece of this show. It rises, it’s danced upon and it gives the stage the dilapidated look of a junkyard.

4. The Long Table in ‘Rent’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXE0XKFoUUo The cast of “Rent” schemes, dreams and dances over the large restaurant table during “La Vie Boheme.”

5. The Swings in ‘Matilda’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0tRDhEmdO4 This is a first for a musical, with cast members singing as they swing out over the audience. How fun would these be to ride every show?

6. The Bubble in ‘Wicked’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoqGgnqqfZc Glinda makes her iconic first entrance in this life-size bubble as it floats its way to the stage. Let us be glad and thankful it’s a part of this show.

7. The Bus in ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od2iGTbDLvw The bus, also known as Priscilla, takes on a character of its own, opening, shutting, twisting and turning as the leads make their journey through the desert.

9. The Car in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OIARONS7Ys The car, also known as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, takes on a life of its own as it swirls, whirls and flies in this fun, family-friendly musical based on the beloved film.

What are some of your favorite iconic set pieces? Did your favorites make the list? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. ‘Grow Old With You’ from ‘The Wedding Singer’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlwplQSySQ0 I want to make you smile whenever you’re sad Carry you around when your arthritis is bad Oh all I want to do is grow old with you

2. ‘Our Private World’ from ‘On the Twentieth Century’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4Vz_TzmWWk You opposite me, opposite you, Safe on our planet made only for two. Night after night, day after day, Living our private two-character play Here in our private world.

3. ‘Happiness’ from ‘Rocky the Musical’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11iOefwrxcI So here’s what it is Here’s how it feels Having a life with you in it Taking it slow Holding my breath Don’t wanna go and ruin it I’m looking for words But how do they go It’s something like “I don’t know” It’s something like… Something like… Happiness

4. ‘So in Love’ from ‘Kiss Me, Kate’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i31KAYUWRSc Strange, dear, but true, dear, When I'm close to you, dear, The stars fill the sky, So in love with you am I

5. ‘Ten Minutes Ago’ from ‘Cinderella’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xURANH2dN5M Ten minutes ago, I met you And we murmured our "How do you do's?" I wanted to ring out the bells And fling out my arms And to sing out the news

6. ‘Falling Slowly’ from ‘Once’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfeRdH4Q_sg Falling slowly, eyes that know me And I can't go back Moods that take me and erase me And I'm painted black

7. ‘Bare’ from ‘Bare’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL9Sn5hh9Bg Stay in this moment where secrets reveal. Here in a world where there's safety in falsehood, I have discovered the one thing that's real That I love you, and I've loved you from the start. And if you hold that close to you we'll never be apart

8. ‘I Have Dreamed’ from ‘The King and I’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kNpuyWG0pg In these dreams I've loved you so That by now I think I know What it's like to be loved by you I will love being loved by you

9. ‘The Next Ten Minutes’ from ‘The Last Five Years’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Xxzrx8LJU There are so many dreams I need to see with you There are so many years I need to be with you I will never be complete I will never be alive I will never change the world Until I do

10. ‘You Matter to Me’ from ‘Waitress’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTf7sRWEBqI You matter to me Simple and plain and not much to ask from somebody You matter to me I promise you do, you, you matter too I promise you do, you see? You matter to me

11. ‘All I Ask of You’ from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy1lWiHHHFY Then say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime Let me lead you from your solitude Say you need me with you here, beside you Anywhere you go, let me go too That's all I ask of you

12. ‘What You Mean to Me’ from ‘Finding Neverland’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJJnYhFdTi4 Every word and every sentence Doesn't seem to make a difference Nothing can explain just what you mean to me Every shape and all the colours All the love from all the lovers Never quite express just what you mean to me

13. ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love With You’ from ‘All Shook Up’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eSt7qVdRgI Take my hand Take my whole life too For I can't help falling in love with you

14. ‘As Long as You’re Mine’ from ‘Wicked’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYGEz4UJJkY Just for this moment As long as you're mine Come be how you want to And see how bright we shine Borrow the moonlight Until it is through And know I'll be here Holding you As long as you're mine

15. ‘Something to Believe In’ from ‘Newsies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FhVL0Jylm4 And if I'm gone tomorrow What was ours still will be I have something to believe in Now that I know you believed in me

16. ‘That Face’ from ‘The Producers’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw-SERyg6X8 That face, that face That fabulous face It's clear I must beware I'm certain if I fall in love I'm lost without a trace But it's worth it For that face

17. ‘When Words Fail’ from ‘Shrek the Musical’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrW316L8KUI If words fail She'll know what I mean If words fail She'll just take my hand She sees me like no one else has If words fail She'll understand

18. ‘Jimmy’ from ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qsjqtutqkA So coax me, implore me I promise you won't bore me Oh, Jimmy, I might say yes

19. ‘It Takes Two’ from ‘Hairspray’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3FES5YoRcc I'm your man And you're my girl That I'm the sea And you're the pearl It takes two, baby It takes two

20. ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before’ from ‘Guys and Dolls’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVaTPJR4ldM I've never been in love before I thought my heart was safe I thought I knew the score But this is wine that's all too strange and strong I'm full of foolish song And out my song must pour So please forgive this helpless haze I'm in I've really never been in love before

21. ‘Love Song’ from ‘Pippin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA9sYlMt-NQ They say the whole is greater Than the sum of the parts it's made of Well if it's true of anything It's true of love

22. ‘Bonnie’ from ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObzPpNllt-M That girl's got somethin' Nothing scares her Only piece of luck that's ever come my way Can't wait to tell her How much I've missed her Feelin' sorry for James Cagney 'Cause he's never kissed her

23. ‘I’ll Cover You’ from ‘Rent’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUY_st9c-QA I think they meant it When they said you can’t buy love Now I know you can rent it A new lease you are my love on life All my life

24. ‘Almost Paradise’ from ‘Footloose’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCEaZrK7Rc Oh, almost paradise We're knocking on heaven's door Almost paradise How could we ask for more? I swear that I can see forever in your eyes paradise

25. ‘Seven Wonders’ from ‘Catch Me If You Can’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LofLiHle2CA I've seen the seven wonders If you give or take a few But all them seven wonders Well they can't compare to you I've been a lot of places Yes I've travelled near and far But now I know that home is where you are

26. ‘Perfect for You’ from ‘Next to Normal’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICAfH5I8ttk But even if everything else turns to dirt We'll be the one thing in this world that won't hurt.

27. ‘What More Can I Say?’ from ‘Falsettos’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBy42lR1niY It's been hot Also, it's been swell More than not It's been more than words can tell I halt, I stammer I sing a roundelay What more can I say?

28. ‘What Would I Do?’ from ‘Falsettos’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6znrqo7vhHM How am I to face tomorrow? After being screwed out of today Tell me what's in store Yes, I'd beg or steal or borrow If I could hold you for One hour more

29. ‘Somewhere’ from ‘West Side Story’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BQMgCy-n6U There's a place for us A time and place for us Hold my hand and we're halfway there Hold my hand and I'll take you there Somehow Some day Somewhere!

30. ‘Easy to Love’ from ‘Anything Goes’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqXTy64HIz0 You'd be so easy to love, So easy to idolize, all others above, So sweet to waken with, So nice to sit down to the eggs and bacon with. We'd be so grand at the game, So carefree together that it does seem a shame That you can't see Your future with me 'Cause you'd be, oh, so easy to love...

31. ‘‘Till There Was You’ from ‘The Music Man’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLDsLeVxOaU There was love all around But I never heard it singing No, I never heard it at all Till there was you

32. ‘No One Else’ from ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1912’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL6GLr3k_Vo Oh the moon Oh the snow in the moonlight And your childlike eyes And your distant smile I’ll never be this happy again You and I And no one else

33. ‘I Could Write a Book’ from ‘Pal Joey’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGuaoiI1bSc If they asked me, I could write a book About the way you walk and whisper and look I could write a preface on how we met So the world would never forget And the simple secret of the plot Is just to tell them that I love you a lot Then the world discovers as my book ends How to make two lovers of friends

34. ‘Only Us’ from ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPvO1sZkOx0 What if it's you And what if it's me And what if that's all that we need it to be And the rest of the world falls away? What do you say?

35. ‘If I Loved You’ from ‘Carousel’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuHAh-2xGxw If I loved you, Time and again I would try to say All I'd want you to know.

What are your favorite musical theatre love songs? Let us know in the comments below...

[post_title] => In Love With A Theatre Nerd? 35 Showtunes To Serenade Them With This Valentine's Day [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => love-theatre-nerd-35-showtunes-serenade-valentines-day [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-12 10:58:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-12 15:58:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28431 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 8 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 10997 [post_author] => 905 [post_date] => 2018-02-09 17:51:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-09 22:51:21 [post_content] => So I will say a song lyric, and you will guess the Musical it's from. Ready, set GO! [post_title] => Quiz: I Say A Song Lyric, And You Guess The Musical It's From [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-say-song-lyric-guess-musical [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 17:52:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 22:52:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_quiz&p=10997 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_quiz [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11652 [post_author] => 896 [post_date] => 2018-02-09 17:46:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-09 22:46:23 [post_content] => Are you Bonnie or Clyde? Take this quiz to find out! So how 'bout a quiz? [post_title] => Are You More Bonnie Or Clyde? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => are-you-more-bonnie-or-clyde [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 17:46:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 22:46:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_quiz&p=11652 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_quiz [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 10614 [post_author] => 945 [post_date] => 2018-02-09 17:44:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-09 22:44:14 [post_content] => Being a die - hard Great Comet fan, I feel like I know just about everything about this musical! But sometimes, I find out crazy new things, or forget lyrics I thought I knew! So here's an 1812 quiz to wrap your brain around! [post_title] => Quiz: Are You A CRAZY Comet Fan? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-crazy-comet-fan [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 17:44:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 22:44:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_quiz&p=10614 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_quiz [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11703 [post_author] => 1120 [post_date] => 2018-02-09 17:41:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-09 22:41:53 [post_content] => I think it goes without saying that there is many superstitions in the theatre world. If you have ever been in a scripted show, whether it's a musical or not, chances are that you've heard the following superstitions. 1. Don't say "Macbeth" This is probably the most famous superstition you've heard. If you say it during show time, or even a rehearsal, you have to go outside and spin around 3 times to reverse the curse. Now what is the story behind this superstition and why is everyone so stuck to it? Well, Macbeth is a scottish, Shakespearian play written in the 1600s. The play is full of spells and curses that will leave you shooketh - so it's no surprise someone spread the idea that the Scottish Play itself is cursed. And so the superstition among actors and actresses was born. 2. "Good luck" is bad luck Of course, you don't even have to be performing for very long to know about this. Usually we hear the terms "Break a leg!" and "Merde!" and say "thank you!" without giving it another thought. But have you ever stopped and wondered why it's so bad to say "good luck?" Well, according to the original theory (which highlights discouraging evil spirits away so they don't interfere with the performance), saying "good luck" is the equivalent to invoking the evil eye. As theatrical people are one of the most superstitous groups in the world, we can't help but abide by this rule. 3. Never say the last line If you ever say the final line of the show before it even opens, you may be giving the cast bad luck. There's really no history or evidence of this superstition, but it has been around for a while. This isn't a very well-known superstition but it's always nice to be cautious, right? 4. No broken mirrors! It is said that breaking a mirror onstage during a performance will cause misfortune for both the theatre and the people in the show for the next 7 years. This superstition is derived from the original "broken mirrors equals seven years of bad luck." No one knows who came up with it or where it even came from, but we believe it anyway! 5. You better bring flowers Another superstition theatre peeps believe is that getting flowers before the curtain call of the performance will cause a very terrible show. With that said, we shall not be accepting flowers before the show. Got it? There it is. Those are only SOME of the superstitions that theatre geeks hear constantly. Thanks for reading and break a leg! [post_title] => Theatre Superstitions We've All Heard [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => theatre-superstitions-weve-heard [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 17:41:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 22:41:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=11703 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28388 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-02-09 10:47:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-09 15:47:55 [post_content] => Your eyes met across the crowded room. Or maybe you bumped into each other on an elevator and got talking. Or perhaps the barista mixed up your pumpkin-flavored beverages at Starbucks. Whatever your adorable meet-cute story happens to be, you may now be facing the all-important date. For lovers of the stage, the natural choice would be to head to a show of some kind. But where do you go next if that date goes well? Here are 17 date ideas if you and your date love the arts:

1. Escape Room

Test your skills in a game of make-believe and work together to beat the clock. Top-notch escape rooms will even have actors, costumes, sets, props and elaborate plotlines. Be sure to do your research before you make your choice.

2. Immersive Experience

Immersive theatre opportunities such as London’s Secret Cinema are gaining momentum in cities all over the globe. Join in on the action and be part of the show together.

3. Vintage Shopping

https://www.avintagesplendor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Vintage_Splendor_Rose_Bowl_03.jpg Try on costumes and enjoy indulging in your creative side. See what sorts of unique pieces you can find and even choose something for the other person just for fun.

4. Comedy Club

There’s nothing quite like laughing together and sharing funny memories. Check out your local comedy night, or if you’re tight on funds, Netflix has plenty of comedy specials to indulge in.

5. Museum Modeling

Go to your local museum and become the art! Find your favorite statues and paintings and do your best reenactment. If the museum allows photos, take pictures of your version next to the real thing, and choose the winner of the best snap at the end.

6. Take a Dance Class

Get your groove on by signing up for a dance class together. Clubs for group dancing, such as swing or salsa, will often offer a free introductory class for newcomers.

7. Create a Crawl Based on Your Favorite Show

Pick a show you love and enjoy the fun of being creative as you plan three or four activities for your date. Are you “Hamilton” fans? Plan a date where you visit important local spots involving the Founding Fathers. Or, if you love “The Phantom of the Opera,” book backstage tours of a local theatre or opera house, eat French food and then go on a ghost walk.

8. Theatre in the Park

Summer months and the holiday seasons are when this option is likely to be available. Outdoor theatrical events are a great chance to take in a show such as Shakespeare while also enjoying nature.

9. Karaoke

Indulge your Broadway dreams for a few hours and belt out your favorite show tunes at a karaoke bar. For a cheaper option (or for those under the legal drinking age), host a karaoke night at home with the magic of YouTube.

10. Movie Theatre Singalong

“Grease,” “The Sound of Music” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” are a few films known for having singalong showings at movie theatres. Audience participation and dressing in character are encouraged. Be sure to check your local listings.

11. Take a Creative Class Together

Be it a painting, sculpture, sewing or even photography class, learn more about your artistic passions together.

12. Go to a Reenactment

Visit a famous battlefield or a rebuilt historical community and take a step back in time to immerse yourselves in another world.

13. Take a Music Lesson

Perhaps you’d like to learn to sing or play a new instrument. Find a teacher or local group and join up together. You might even be able to snag a deal, such as two for the price of one.

14. Live Music Roulette

For a spontaneous night out, cruise your local nightlife area and pick a random bar or restaurant advertising live music. Grab a drink and enjoy the entertainment. You could find a new band you both love!

15. Circus School

Learn a unique skill by taking a class in the circus arts. Try out the trapeze or even learn to juggle. You could end up with a new talent for your resume!

16. Throw a Murder Mystery Party

Gather your friends together and enjoy an evening of intrigue where everyone has a part to play. If you’re short on time to plan it, buy a party kit online. Most will include character cards and instructions for the evening.

17. Ghost Walk

Popular primarily around Halloween, a ghost walk or haunted tour is a fun way to see storytelling in action. Whether you’ve been together for 15 years or 15 minutes, there’s always room for creativity and fun in relationships. Don’t be afraid to try something new and share your love of the stage with your partner.

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[post_title] => 17 Date Ideas For Theatre Lovers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 17-date-ideas-theatre-lovers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 10:54:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 15:54:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28388 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [12] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28387 [post_author] => 1403 [post_date] => 2018-02-09 10:06:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-09 15:06:48 [post_content] => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhZ4e2hSMNc&t=1s I'm writing a musical and vlogging about the process. If you have any advice, have a topic you'd like me to cover, or are an expert in some aspect (Choreographer, Director, Stage Manager, etc) that I can interview, please let me know! Any help would be greatly appreciated =D [post_title] => I'm Making A Musical [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => im-making-musical [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 10:06:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 15:06:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28387 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [13] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28128 [post_author] => 1294 [post_date] => 2018-02-07 20:44:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-08 01:44:16 [post_content] => The score of a musical, in case you didn't know, is the music and lyrics of the songs. It is the part of the musical that makes it a musical! Luckily the Tony Awards Committee has an award to honour the writers of the scores. But do you know the people behind the score? [post_title] => Quiz: Who Wrote These Tony Winning Scores? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => wrote-tony-winning-scores [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-07 20:44:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-08 01:44:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_quiz&p=28128 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_quiz [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [14] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28351 [post_author] => 1349 [post_date] => 2018-02-06 16:19:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-06 21:19:21 [post_content] => I’m sure you’re all familiar with the scene. A crowd of young actors huddled backstage desperately trying to complete their homework in between scenes. It’s a difficult situation to be in, especially if you have a tendency to say to yourself “I can always do it on the bus” like I do! That’s why I’m here to share my top 5 tips to perfectly balance school work with a busy rehearsal schedule.


It is important that you plan out what homework you have to do each night. For example, if your biology homework is due first thing the next morning, it would be wiser to start on that then an English essay which is due in two weeks! It is also important to prioritise between rehearsals and school work. Whilst bringing your books to rehearsals may seem like a good idea, I often find that I’m far too busy to get anything done. It may mean being a bit late to rehearsals, but if you explain to your director before hand that school is your priority, I’m sure they will understand.


How do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit. Rather than leaving all of a large essay to the very last minute, it is better to slowly work away at it over a period of time. It may seem like a painstakingly long process at the time, but it is much less draining than having to pull an all nighter to get it done, which will affect both your concentration at school and your performance on stage!


It is vital that you break up your workload into small manageable chunks of around an hour or so at a time, with 15 minute breaks in between. During your break is an ideal time to read over lines, listen to backing tracks and practice your performance. Doing this helps to both tackle work efficiently and perfect your performance on stage


Whether it’s exhausting yourself on stage or pulling all-nighters, it’s important that you rest yourself. Getting some rest will help to relieve sore throats from singing and relax muscles from dancing. Sleep also improves your focus and ability to retain information, which comes in handy for remembering lines or studying for an important test! Water also helps to improve memory and dehydration will completely put you out of completing school work or rehearsals.


If you have free periods or study breaks in school, you should make use of these periods to complete school work that you will otherwise have to cram in between rehearsals or catch up on any work that you are behind on. If you have completed all work for school then free time like this is also a good opportunity to read over lines or directors notes, maybe even sneak in a rehearsal of your own if your school has a drama space! It is so important to utilise free time given to you in school as it will save you lots of time later when you would otherwise be stressing over getting your work handed in on time. It is important for all young thespians to find a good balance between schoolwork and rehearsals, and if you feel like you are struggling to cope with it, the talk to your director or teacher. They can help you work out a schedule that will allow you to do both work and rehearsal and ensure that you are achieving your full potential in the classroom and on stage! [post_title] => 5 Tips For Balancing School Work With Rehearsals! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-tips-balancing-school-work-rehearsals [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-06 16:23:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-06 21:23:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28351 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [15] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28347 [post_author] => 1348 [post_date] => 2018-02-06 16:08:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-06 21:08:41 [post_content] => Three weeks after my 10th birthday, I had an experience that would be the beginning of a change in the way I see myself. I walked into the Dayton Jewish Center multipurpose room, hit a button on a CD player, sang my best “Colors of the Wind,” and went home. There was no way I’d get to hear the word yes. No way the kid who looked like me would get a shot. Two days later I got the phone call, informing me that I had been cast into the ensemble of a production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The seemingly impossible had happened: I was being told yes. After what seemed like a lifetime of being told I couldn’t, I was being given a shot. That was when the theatre bug bit – hard and fast. My name is Jamie. I’m 29, I live in Ohio, and I have spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy on my left side. I am a daughter, sister, friend… but perhaps most importantly, I’m a singer and actress with a fierce passion for musical theatre, mostly because I was given the opportunity to feel equal onstage instead of constantly feeling “other”-ed and stigmatized. My whole life – my family life, my personal life, my interactions with people in the healthcare world – up to that point had been defined by what the CP prohibited me from doing or made complicated. But I walked into that first rehearsal at 10 years old and instead of being “the girl with the arm,” I was just Jamie. Suddenly I mattered. Suddenly I wasn’t able to use the CP as an excuse. Suddenly there was an adult in my life who saw right past it. How refreshing that was! My limits – what I thought I could do – were pushed progressively further with each passing year, but they were taken to a whole new level my final year in the theatre program, which was eighth grade. It was the year of “Oliver,” and it brought about another big change. That show had a set that was anchored by two large platforms, each of which were about eight feet high. Our set designer for the show was also our music director for three previous shows, including that first production of “Fiddler,” so I knew him. But I was afraid of heights. Unfortunately for me, however, spending the whole show on the ground was not an option. I approached the set designer and said something to the effect of, “I can’t go up there, there’s nothing for me to hold onto. I’m going to fall.” There was no bar on the back of the platforms. He looked me directly in the face and said something I will never forget. “Jamie, don’t tell me you can’t. You were told four years ago that you do not get to make excuses. I will not let you fall. Now go. Put your microphone in your hair like we showed you and go. And I better hear you sing!” The set designer and previous music director was a guy named Richard. He was about 25 when I met him. He came back into my life in June 2016 when we were both cast in another local production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He played my father. Since that show, he has taken me under his wing and developed me as an artist in ways that no one ever has. As of this writing, I have assistant directed two of his productions, and I am getting ready to stage manage a production for him in the spring of 2018. He is also my best friend. He pushes me to my limit and then a little further, just because he taught me that I do not get to make excuses. I am not defined by my disability in his eyes. He sees me as a full, complete, talented, beautiful person and just by being in my life, he reminds me that I am loved. [post_title] => No Excuses: My Life As An Actress With Cerebral Palsy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => no-excuses-my-life-actress-cerebral-palsy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-07 21:20:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-08 02:20:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28347 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [16] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28343 [post_author] => 1294 [post_date] => 2018-02-06 15:20:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-06 20:20:44 [post_content] => Like the Tony Awards I had to decide eligibility which boiled down to two rules: 1. The Musical must've won the Tony Award for Best Musical 2. That Musical must've won that award during the 2000's Understand? Good, then let the voting begin! [post_title] => Vote For The Best Musical Of The 2000'S! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => vote-best-musical-2000s [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-07 09:23:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-07 14:23:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28343 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [17] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28287 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-02-04 08:43:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-04 13:43:55 [post_content] => [viralQuiz id=67] [post_title] => Quiz: Binge Netflix And We'll Tell You Which Stage Show You Are [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-binge-netflix-well-tell-stage-show [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-04 08:43:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-04 13:43:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28287 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 5 [filter] => raw ) [18] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28282 [post_author] => 1280 [post_date] => 2018-02-01 09:15:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-01 14:15:11 [post_content] => Theatre is a career platform that is always expanding. With the advancement of technology, we are able to create things onstage beyond the wildest dreams of the original players. Most people catch the bug young and often wonder if the only way to have a successful career in theatre is to make it big as an actor, director, stage manager or design technician. Luckily, with the growing imagination of the industry comes a demand for equally creative jobs. Knowing all your options and applications makes theatre an incredibly viable career path. Here are a few interesting theatrical jobs that might suit your interests and talents and spark your interest in pursuing a theatrical career:

1. Dramaturgy

via GIPHY If you’re organized, methodical and love history, dramaturgy is a dream job. The art of dramaturgy is the theory and practice of dramatic composition. One of the more misunderstood jobs, this field covers the in-depth research of anything and everything that happens in a show and how it applies to the production. Dramaturgs make shows magical and accurate and heighten them to be their best possible selves.

2. Publicity Managers

Publicity is a better-known path that is ever-changing with the rise of social media. Imagine getting paid to go backstage and take snaps of the cast of your favorite show!

3. Fight Choreographer

There is a lot of research, training and rehearsal that goes into the fight scenes onstage. Fight choreographers undergo intense training to make staged fights look realistic for the audience. To be a fight choreographer, you have to learn how to move realistically with a multitude of epic weapons and armor — possibly up in the air or wearing six-inch heels. Basically, a fight choreographer is the guru to every cool character in every action scene ever.

4. Animal Trainer

Animal lovers have a spot onstage, too! Often forgotten, the animals that perform in plays need rehearsal time as well. Animal trainers train animals to consistently replicate tricks for every performance. What better excuse to have an Instagram page fully dedicated to your Boston Terrier, the star of “The Wizard of Oz” on Broadway?

5. Dialect Coach

via GIPHY If bad accents pull you out of a show and you take guilty pleasure in BBC dramas, you might want to consider dialect coaching. However, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a party trick career. Dialect coaching requires intense training to master the art of IPA and transcribing it for the dialects present in any show. The job of a dialect coach is to make sure accents are consistent and nobody sticks out. This means dialect coaches need to know accents from almost every region in every country. Talk about international! This is only a small section of many interesting theatre jobs. Learning about the various paths in theatre arts is often encouraging for people deciding whether it’s the field for them. Theatre offers outlets for so many interests, so if you’re good at something, a theatre career probably has a place for it. https://m.popkey.co/b9657f/yZoaj.gif?c=popkey-web&p=popkey&i=mondaymotivation-reactions&l=direct&f=.gif

Which jobs are you pursuing in the theatre? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. ’Poor Unfortunate Souls’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3rapXwn8mw This classic Disney villain number features Ursula the Sea Witch taking away Ariel’s voice in exchange for the mermaid becoming human for three days. Sherie Rene Scott (“The Last Five Years,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”) performed this song for the Broadway adaptation.

2. ’Be Prepared’ from ‘The Lion King’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7uwV7pzCVw Scar, Mufasa’s brother, plots with the hyenas to have Mufasa and his son, Simba, murdered so that Scar can take over the Pridelands.

3. ‘Meant to Be Yours’ from ‘Heathers’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD7x_7tUFNI J.D. confronts his partner-in-crime, Veronica, telling her that instead of killing her, he plans on wiping out their high school’s entire student body.

4. ‘Hellfire’ from ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG7kfW4gWKc Judge Frollo faces an internal struggle as he lusts after Esmeralda while blaming her for his descent into darkness.

5. ‘Alive!’ from ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzVbFBRnk_s After drinking a potion, Henry Jekyll is consumed by his alter ego, Edward Hyde, and sets out to wreak havoc throughout London.

6. ‘Miss Baltimore Crabs’ from ‘Hairspray’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7aw4jy3PGk Velma von Tussle, who produces “The Corny Collins Show,” encounters Tracy Turnblad for the first time and is repulsed by Tracy’s plus-sized figure and progressive views.

7. ‘The Room Where It Happens’ from ‘Hamilton’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WySzEXKUSZw As a result of the Compromise of 1790, Aaron Burr, rival of Alexander Hamilton, decides to run as a Democratic-Republican candidate to be in the same league as Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

8. ‘The Smell of Rebellion’ from ‘Matilda’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8B9yfdR8po Miss Trunchbull, the headmistress of Crunchem Hall, puts Miss Honey’s class through a brutal gym lesson and has an argument with Matilda.

9. ‘The Beauty Underneath’ from ‘Love Never Dies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4teFe_zf6Y The Phantom leads the musical child prodigy Gustave (Christine’s son) through the grotesque wonders of Phantasma.

10. ‘I Will Prevail’ from ‘Wonderland’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_t2a-p26Lw With Chloe, the Caterpillar, El Gato and the White Knight in her captive, the Mad Hatter is determined to win her battle.

11. ‘Mr. Cladwell’ from ‘Urinetown’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibv2vRNEQWM The staff of the Urine Good Company sing their praises of corrupt CEO Caldwell B. Cladwell.

12. ‘Falcon in the Dive’ from ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=413HFU2CSC8 Citizen Chauvelin, an agent for the French, resolves to help Robespierre find out who the Scarlet Pimpernel is.

13. ‘Hard to Be the Bard’ from ‘Something Rotten’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hnI7yhIWGY Suffering from writer’s block, Shakespeare complains about how hard it is to be famous.

14. ‘Killing Spree’ from ‘American Psycho’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7NMbIcNf4o After killing Paul Owen and taking his place in Owen’s apartment, Patrick Bateman continues to commit more murders for three months.

15. ‘When the Going Gets Tough’ from ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lKi_aTN5Rg To help combat the nearby volcano, Plankton tells Bikini Bottom’s citizens to enter his escape pod, which will then hypnotize them into working for Plankton’s restaurant, the Chum Bucket.

16. ‘Like Father, Like Son’ from ‘Aida’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5e_R5DMB_c Zoser, the chief minister of Egypt, warns that Radames’ affair with the Nubian princess Aida could cost Radames his chance of becoming the next pharaoh.

Did we leave out your favorite contemporary villain number? Let us know in the comments below...

    [post_title] => 16 Ultimate Contemporary Villain Numbers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 16-ultimate-contemporary-villain-numbers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-30 10:04:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-30 15:04:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=28238 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 6 [filter] => raw ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28232 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-01-29 10:56:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-29 15:56:51 [post_content] => Whether you teach drama or not, the day may come when you are tapped to run a school production. For most teachers and students, the idea of running a musical without an experienced guide seems daunting. Where do you start? In this series, we will help walk you through the basic steps of organizing a show, from pre-production to your final performance. Now, it bears mentioning that every production is different, so this is in no way a 100 percent foolproof, completed guide. But it should help you get started, and as with anything in the arts, you may have to get creative. Here are five steps to help you organize the early stages of your school production:

1. Meet With the Higher-Ups

Before embarking on your theatrical journey, it’s essential to sit down with those in charge. Schedule a meeting to discuss your ideas for the production, your budget, timelines and any restrictions. Knowing the parameters you’re working within right off the bat will help you avoid problems down the road.

2. Choose a Show

There are a few ways to go about this one. First, decide what type of production you want to have. Will it be a musical? A play? A revue? There are plenty of choices, and it’s best to pick what makes you feel most inspired, as you will be working on this show for weeks. Also, consider the age group of the students. A show like “Rent” is a no-no for your elementary school spring musical. Always clear your choice with your school administrator before moving ahead. Your next job is to decide whether you will purchase the licensing for an existing show or perform something original. If you decide to select an existing show, know your budget before you start shopping available licenses. Or, if you have an incredibly talented budding playwright in your school, think about inviting them to have their script performed. You never know — the next Lin-Manuel could be in your midst. Whichever path you choose, ensure the show has a variety of roles.

3. Build a Team

No one is an island, especially when it comes to a show. You will need a team of reliable creatives with whom you can divide the workload. It’s always nice to have a mix of adults, staff and students. Your gathered creative team should include people who will handle:
  • Directing
  • Choreography
  • Music
  • Stage managing
  • Set design
  • Costumes
  • Props
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Hair/makeup
Put the word out to the student body and request that interested students attend a meeting. Have those who attend fill out a quick survey about what they are interested and where they feel their talents would best serve the production. A word of advice: Avoid filling your entire creative team and backstage crew with senior students only. It’s equally as important to train younger students to ensure the success of future productions. It’s good to establish as many members of your team as possible at the start of the production process so you can communicate all the way through. The last-minute scramble is a stress you want to avoid as much as possible.

4. Hold Auditions

https://style.disney.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/4-Sharpay-What-Ive-Been-Looking-For-Outfit.gif With the show chosen, it’s now time to cast. Choose a space, date and time to hold your auditions and ensure the director, choreographer and music director are available to participate. Posters, announcements and school-approved social media feeds are a few ways to advertise your auditions to the student body. Don’t underestimate the value of classroom visits as well. Stop by different classes and ask the teachers to spend five minutes speaking to the students about the production. Auditioning students should be asked to prepare a few things:
  • A memorized monologue will give you a taste of their acting abilities. You can allow them to choose their own or provide one beforehand. You can also give them a short section of text from the show you are doing to see how they would handle a specific character.
  • If you are performing a musical, they will need to sing something for you. Ask them to come prepared to sing an excerpt from a piece of their choosing. If you don’t have an accompanist available, don’t worry — a cappella works, too.
  • Ask students who audition to fill out a survey form before they arrive that includes details such as their name, school year, the role they’re auditioning for and any previous performing experience.
On the day of auditions, call each student into the room one at a time to audition. Either have each student provide a school photo or take one yourself. When your team is going through notes afterward, it can be tough to remember every single person if there were a lot of auditions. Be sure to take specific notes so you have something to reference when you make your decisions. If you are auditioning for a musical, you may also want to have a separate dance audition. The students will learn a short combination from the choreographer before they perform it in groups. Ask the dancers to wear a number during the audition to make it easier to take notes.

5. Cast Your Show

When all the auditions are complete, sit down with your creative team and review everyone’s notes. Consider all the aspects of the audition when casting each student. A few things to remember:
  • Don’t be afraid to mix things up. I was once part of a production of “Alice in Wonderland” where the best audition came from a male student. He was cast as the lead, Alice became Alex and the production was a hit.
  • Take chances on new talent. It is common in school productions that the same students are always cast in the lead roles (“High School Musical” didn’t make that up). Talent can be lurking in unexpected places, just waiting for the opportunity to shine.
  • Much like the creative team, avoid casting all senior students. It is vital to nurture the younger students and help them develop their talents and skills.
Once casting is complete, post the list and prepare for excitement and disappointment. It takes a lot of courage for students to put themselves out there by auditioning, and a student may not take creative chances in the future if they’re discouraged by a negative experience. Be sensitive to the students you don’t cast and encourage them by offering them a position backstage or in another part of the production. The initial stages are now complete, and the rehearsal phase can soon begin. Stay tuned for Part 2, where we will discuss finding a rehearsal space, creating a schedule, keeping the production organized and facilitating rehearsals.

What advice would you give someone organizing their first school production? Let us know in the comments below...

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To understand the idea of moving upstage or downstage, you have to know a bit of theatre history. During the Renaissance, when theatre was becoming more prevalent, stages were raked, which means the highest point of the stage is the back of the stage. The stage then slopes down toward the audience. Stages were raked so that audiences could see the action even if they were on an even level (usually standing). Because of this stage style, actors who were told to be at the back of the stage would need to walk up the rake to get there — and the term “upstage” was born. So, when a director asks you to move upstage, you move toward the back of the stage area. The reverse also holds true. When a director asks you to move downstage, you are moving forward toward the front of the stage and closer to the audience.

Stage Left/Stage Right

Not knowing your right from your left onstage is just as important and not always as easy as it seems. Think of it this way: As an actor, your left is the left side of the stage when you are facing the audience. Or, you could also call this “audience right” for those looking at the stage. It’s the same idea for the right. For an actor, the right part of the stage is the right part of stage when you are facing the audience. If you are following this, it’s the audience left if you are sitting in the audience looking at the stage itself. Still confused? Watch this great video with tons of stage direction information by Krista Price. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXVJh3g4kuo Then, make sure to check out this episode of the series Studio C, with their hilarious, totally relatable parody on taking stage directions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUzCVoBA99Y

What tricks do you use to remember your stage directions? Let us know in the comments below...

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