The Beginners Guide to Theatre Acting
February 5, 2011 5:13 AM Subscribe
Thespians of Metafilter: What should I, a humble stage acting newbie, expect when auditioning for a role with his local theatre company?
posted by TheOtherGuy to media & arts (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
In April our town will host its annual arts festival, and the local theatre company will be putting on a production of King Lear. The troupe advertised on a mailing list that I follow that they are seeking local people who would like to audition for a role. The notice specifically indicated that no previous acting experience is required and that all audition pieces will be given on the night. Apart from that, the details on the process were quite vague.
But being a fan of Shakespeare, and declaring 2011 my year of new experiences, I am determined to give it a go!
The auditions are in the middle of next week, so I don’t have a whole lot of time to prepare. I have no real acting experience; unless you count my role as ‘Shepherd No 2’ in my pre-school Christmas play. But I am quite at ease in speaking and being creative in front of a crowd.
I am keen to hear any tips, advice or insight into what can I expect.
- Is it worth watching a film version of the play beforehand? I am familiar with the plot (Old man loses his shit when one of his daughters doesn’t feed his ego), but perhaps watching a film version will give me more insight into the characters.
- How do you like to prepare for an audition? Immerse yourself in some actors mindset? or keep your brain flexible for improvisation
- Are there any good, quick reads that might get my brain in gear?
- A beer beforehand. Brilliant plan to loosen up? or a well-worn path on the road to disaster.
Any advice on auditions, stagecraft or insight into what I might expect will be gratefully received. I have had a look at some previous AskMe questions: but they mostly seem to involve singing in musical theatre and discussions of the finer points of acting by those who are familiar with the process. I need more the Cliffnotes version!
I’ll be sure to let you know how I go!