10 Pet Peeves… About Non-Theatre People

Let’s talk about Non-Theatre People. I’ve already written an article describing why I describe non-thespians as "Muggles" (go read it, you beautiful person!) and frankly… After thinking about it? Let’s talk about why some of their habits are so weirdly annoying! It’s not like we can’t/won’t live alongside them, we do it every day, but… They’re just so weird! But normal weird, not us weird.

Speaking at a Silent Retreat: An Interview with “Small Mouth Sounds’” Orville Mendoza

The majority of plays are centered around, as Hamlet put it, “words, words, words.” From Shakespeare’s soliloquies to Mamet’s fractured urban poetry to Durang’s whimsical prose, dialogue is often the most important aspect to any given play. But what happens when your play features almost no dialogue at all? Bess Wohl’s “Small Mouth Sounds,” which is playing New Haven’s famed Long Wharf Theatre from August 30-September 24, is such a work. It takes place at a silent retreat and only contains a handful of spoken lines, most of which comes from the mouth of actor Orville Mendoza.

We Happy Few: A Reflection on the Importance of Relationships and Interdependency in Theatre

In midst of acting, if I’m in a position infrequently to look out into the audience and into the house, it feels like staring into a total abyss. Aside from, of course, being in the moment with my character with the story in the given play, and that my eyesight is beyond terrible, I find a strange sense of mysticism and wonder in that—as if it were a message from the universe that all that mattered was the present, and the stories we tell.

Technical Difficulties: When a Show Stops

It was right after Marya called Natasha a horrid hussy of a girl that the sound cut out in the Imperial Theatre at the Sunday matinee of Great Comet this weekend. Natasha, Marya and Sonya soldiered on; projecting like champs while their mics failed. Seconds later, a voice filled the theatre alerting the audience to something we already knew--that they were experiencing technical difficulties. The show was stopped, and the audience was encouraged to stay put. The actors exited (not pursued by a bear with a policeman on its back) and the theatre erupted with applause.

10 Audition Pet Peeves

Today I want to talk to you about auditions. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect. As much as we want to think that auditions are the beginning of something great… Well, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their faults. Some of these are annoying things that happen because of the actors, and some of them are things the people casting you do.

The Top Ten Most Underrated College Theatre Programs for 2017 - North East Region

Here at OnStage Blog, we spend months compiling, researching and comparing college theatre programs to come up with what we feel are the very best colleges in the country. While names like Tisch, Juilliard, Emerson and Baldwin Wallace get plenty of attention, there are a ton of schools out there with incredible programs that deserve more. 

So we wanted to highlight some of these underrated programs. Whether they are programs that have amazing facilities and curriculum or have a ton of value when it comes to their cost, these are schools that are doing tremendous things in theatre that might not be known on a national level. 

How Can We Improve Musical Theater Education in Schools? : Part 3

So in my last Blog I discussed how there are some major obstacles that school theater programs are facing on a large scale. You were probably left with a lot of questions. What can be done to help remedy the situation? How can I help? What can larger organizations do to help? What can directors do to help improve their programs? I’ve compiled some easy fix answers and thought up some crazy out of the box thoughts that may help improve musical theater education in schools.