Stop Asking for Honest Opinions if You Don't Want to Hear Them

Stop Asking for Honest Opinions if You Don't Want to Hear Them

A while back I went to see a show my friend was performing in. I'm going to be honest with you when I say that the show was horrible. I can count on two fingers the number of shows I've left during intermission due to their quality and had my friend not been in it, this would have been the third. 

After the show, we went out for coffee. I knew the question was coming but I was really hoping it wasn't. Finally, after our first cups she said,

"So what did you think?"

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Why Actors should have Backup Careers

Why Actors should have Backup Careers

During my second year studying undergraduate theatre, my class watched a documentary called Every Little Step. This film details the story of the musical Chorus Line and follows the casting process of the 2006 Broadway revival. Although it is a truly fascinating film I would recommend to all theatre fanatics, one moment stuck with me most of all. One of the actresses cast in the revival said of dancing and showbiz, “If you have something to fall back on, you’ll fall back.” My fellow classmates seemed to think this was wise advice to keep in mind as we began our careers as actors, but to me something seemed wrong with the picture.

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What About the Showgirls?

What About the Showgirls?

When I was 15 years old, I shimmied into a sequined leotard and balanced a feathered headpiece on my head for my high school production of George M! I distinctly recall claiming a private changing space in our closet-sized dressing room during our first dress rehearsal, only to have it dawn on me that there was no point in being modest: I’d be wearing virtually nothing onstage, so why bother hiding now?

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More Colleges Should Be Producing New Plays

More Colleges Should Be Producing New Plays

Two years ago, I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in Theatre and minors in Writing and Film Studies. Since it’s a smaller and lesser-known school, many people may not ever know it, but if there’s anything about the theatre program at ECSU that makes it special and sets it apart from other many colleges in the New England region, it is its consistent support for newer and lesser-known works, including some plays that may be more controversial or experimental. 

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"You Will, If You Keep Moving" - My Beginning Experiences with Ballet

"You Will, If You Keep Moving" - My Beginning Experiences with Ballet

I’ve never been the best with dance. My earliest experiences with it would go as far back as learning choreography for the first musical I ever acted in when I was in high school with Singin’ in the Rain. From there, in continuing to pursue acting, I gradually picked up on more and more comfort-ability with approaching it. But it was still always an awkward relationship—kind of in the same vein of being mutual acquaintances with someone, but having mixed feelings about them for whatever reason. 

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Should the Tonys Start Nominating Off-Broadway Productions?

Should the Tonys Start Nominating Off-Broadway Productions?

Over the past couple of months, I've heard from more than one person that they are concerned that the over-commercialization of Broadway will mean that less "artistic" and original musicals will be recognized by the Tony Awards.

While I think they're overreacting, I don't think their concerns are completely unfounded. After all, this past year, there wasn't a single musical that wasn't based on a movie or TV show or that wasn't a jukebox collection.

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How is "Wicked" Still Defying Gravity?

How is "Wicked" Still Defying Gravity?

Next week Wicked flies into Edinburgh as part of its 2nd UK & Ireland tour. I am excited to say I will be attending press night to see how this new production compares to the previous tour and the show currently running in London's West End. However, Wicked the musical is one of, or most likely, THE most iconic musical in the world. How does it manage to maintain it's popularity 15 years after its premiere in San Francisco?

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