Analyze and Act

Holding a new script in your hands can be a bit daunting at first. As an actor, your job is not simply to memorize your lines – it is to understand why you are saying them. The process of discovering your character and their story is done through script analysis. Though there are many ways of interpreting a given script, each interpretation should be done with the foundation of what the playwright has embedded in their story. (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…)

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…)

Twist Up Your Warm Up

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Just like for any athlete, warm ups for actors are essential. Performing in a play is in many ways its own athletic event. Think about it: in sports, athletes practice rigorously each day in order to be able to instinctively react and improvise in the moment when it comes to game time. For actors it’s the same exact thing with rehearsal and performance. What makes this possible for both the actor and the athlete? A well warmed up instrument, able to spring into any direction at any given moment. (more…)

Tis The Season To Sing

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Pulling into the final stretches of this holiday season, you may find you have a million things buzzing in your mind. Hopefully all the shopping is done. If not, no judgement from us! But as you’re wrapping those last minute gifts, or decorating the house, take some time to consider bringing in this Holiday season with song! That’s right: we’re talking about caroling.  Whether it’s an old family tradition, or something you’ve never tried out, we suggest you make this year the year to sing out! (more…)

Thanksgiving Hacks: Arts and Crafts

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Take down the spooky cobwebs, and take out your glue sticks! With Thanksgiving approaching, your mouth may already be watering for some turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. What better way to make the time fly than to indulge in some festive decorating? But before you rush to the home goods aisle, take a detour to the crafting section. That’s right! Bring the whole family together before turkey day to make some of your favorite festive crafts projects. Check out this awesome list of craft ideas by Brit + Co to get yourself started! (more…)

Halloween Hacks: Makeup

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So last week we filled you in on how to perfect your Halloween look with your wig. It’s time for the next step. No Halloween costume is complete without some spooky makeup. The trick to getting it just right? Well, it all starts with the materials you’re working with. So on October 31st, treat yourself.  Top off your costume the same way you would on a performance night. Put aside the face paint and pull out your stage makeup. The results will be worth it. (more…)

Halloween Hacks: Wigs

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Whether you’re going as Effie Trinket this year, or pulling off the classic Cruella Deville, the perfect wig can make your Halloween costume (or for that matter your next theatrical show) a hit. But when it comes to getting your wig on straight, it can be its own event.

Here are a few tips to make your newly acquired hair last all night: (more…)

Preparation and Luck

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Your alarm goes off each morning, and immediately your are assaulted by the list of tasks that need to be completed that day. You rack through them, scheduling them, and mentally checking off each one you complete as your day wears on. Go through the list again. Go through it honestly. Did you schedule in time for creativity? (more…)