Five Minutes to Curtain

“Actors, five minutes to places”. The call goes out across the intercom backstage and in the green room. While the Actors are busy putting the finishing touches on their costumes, the technical staff on the production burst into a flurry of activity not unlike like when NASA Mission Control is about to launch a rocket into space. This is live theatre, there are no redoes! For the next several hours many different departments and people must come together as one to execute perfectly to put on a successful live performance. If you haven’t opened a show (or were present for a rocket launch) it is one of the greatest thrills you can experience! (more…)

Ventriloquism For A Younger Generation

If you did not catch last week’s episode of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, where 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer of Oklahoma City took the stage with her bunny puppet, Petunia, to perform a musical ventriloquism act then you missed out on a fantastic performance! She wowed the judges with her act and was even rewarded with a rare “golden buzzer,” which automatically advances her to the live rounds! During the introductions, one of Darci’s most heartwarming responses was when she explained why she chose to do a ventriloquism act; stating, “she really wanted to keep ventriloquism alive because it wasn’t common”.   (more…)

Prepping to Paint: Sizing

So you have decided to paint something. You stretch a new piece of canvas across a frame and think you are ready to go. Not so fast! It is probably smart to “size” your canvas first.

What is sizing? It is the process of applying either a natural or synthetic compound to the painting surface that is absorbed by the fibers of the fabric and seals them. (more…)

8 Tips to Nail Your Next Dance Audition

Congrats on scheduling your next dance audition! It’s time to show off your dance skills and put on your favorite leotard. But before you spin out of control with nerves, get your mind a body prepped so you can dance your best! Whether you are a professional dancer, an actor auditioning for a musical, or a singer auditioning for your high school’s show choir, walking into the audition hall prepared is key to your success. (more…)

A How-To-Film-Festival Guide for Young Filmmakers

If you are a young filmmaker or new to filmmaking, breaking into the film industry may seem impossible. Making films requires a lot of time, people, and resources. Getting an audience for your film can be an even more allusive challenge.

Don’t sweat it though! Before packing your bags and moving to Hollywood, consider taking advantage of what is already available to you as a filmmaker. More importantly, don’t overlook film festivals and how they can launch your career. (more…)

Paint Nights & Why We Love Them

Chances are that if you haven’t been to a paint night yourself, you know of at least three people who have (thanks to their instagram account). Aside from being all the rave, paint nights are an awesome way to connect not only with friends, but with art. For those of you who’ve somehow missed the memo on just exactly what a paint night is, don’t worry, it’s pretty self-explanatory. With the help of a guiding artist, you and your friends are led through the creative process of creating a painting unique to you. Best part? You get to take home your new masterpiece! (more…)

Preparing Percussionists

Unlike many of their fellow band members, percussionists have the task of not only mastering one instrument, but every instrument in the percussion section. This leaves an even greater challenge for band directors. As a band teacher with first-time band students, percussionists usually come in abundance and also find themselves unengaged. With limited class time, more attention is oftentimes put on helping wind instrument players produce their first notes. In the meantime, your percussionists are either left playing slow quarter notes, or creating utter mayhem hammering on their drums.

There are two vital steps to creating a well-rounded percussionist: (more…)

The Importance of Theatre Festivals

Last weekend, artsii had the pleasure of attending the Virginia Thespian Festival hosted by Virginia Tech. This wasn’t the first theatre festival artsii has traveled to, and it definitely won’t be the last. Aside from the event being a blast, it was also an awesome educational experience for high school theatre students!

Our mission at artsii is to enhance arts programming in our communities and education systems. It was a no brainer that we were more than eager to attend. This festival is hosted by a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association, whose goal is “shaping lives through theatre education.” More than that, the Virginia Thespian Society is also a division of the International Thespian Society (ITS). Why that’s important? ITS is an honor society, recognizing student achievement in theatre arts. With nearly 4,000 troupes in North American schools, ITS is dedicated to improving training opportunities for middle and high school theatre students, and providing them with scholarship opportunities. (more…)

Get Warmed Up for Your Next Dance Class

Getting ready for your next dance class takes more than practicing the steps. Dance class demands energy, stamina, and a 100% effort. To do all of this, you need to properly warm up. Warming up steadily gets blood pumping to your muscles and increases your heart rate. In doing so, you reduce the risk of injuring yourself. (more…)

Make Your Book Club a Success

Books are amazing! Creating a good one is an art form all to itself. Sadly with all the technology around us these days sometimes this gets lost in the mix. One of our favorite ways to fully experience a good book is to enjoy them with friends. That’s right, create a book club! Not only do you meet new people and catch up with old friends, but you also can exchange ideas, all while having a lot of fun!

Here are some ways to get started with your book club: (more…)