The sporadic ramblings of Emily C. A. Snyder - devoted to God, theatre, writing, and much randominity.

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Artistic Director and Co-Founder of TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS. | Author of "Nachtstürm Castle," "Niamh and the Hermit." | Playwright: "Cupid and Psyche," "Math for Actors." | Classical director and educator.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Auditions: Having Fun

Alina Saez, a handful of shows ago, came in early to auditions, went right up to the whiteboard, and wrote out helpful tips for auditions - the last of which is always, "Have Fun!"

There really is no better advice than that. A large part of feeling comfortable at an audition is to go in with a sense of "Let's just have some fun." It's then, when you're not looking at yourself and how you're doing and trying to gauge how you are against someone else (who may not even be a "rival" in the director's eye for you!), it's when you're focused on making the whole process enjoyable for all present that you often shine. (Rather like Matt and Maureen when they read for Ophelia and Hamlet...respectively.)

Why? Well, because all theatre is not based in examining how one is doing, but rather is engaged in "encountering the other." That means that you aren't trying to be "angry," but rather you're trying to "tease" or "crucify" or "command" another person. And if you, the actor, feel "angry," its because your acting partner was doing their job changing your emotions. Acting is like a game of catch. You don't catch the ball because it threw itself at you, you catch it - you adjust for it - because your partner threw it in such and such a way.

So, as y'all are preparing for auditions, come in to have fun. Come in to play with each other. We're all just kids again, and that's kind of nice, huh?

Mood: Sable Valentine-y. Huzzah!
Music: "Mary's Eyes" from the Merry Mix CD
Thought: Duck? What duck?
Edit Redux: Tee hee hee. Gacked from Jules
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Exalted Highness Duchess Emily the Erudite of Fishkill St Wednesday
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Edit Duck the Redux: Bwahahahhaha. It's funny because it's true. (Over 50 pages, 20K words of TSV!)
My Fortune Cookie told me:
Take time today to pay more attention to your imaginary friends.
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