College Auditions: The Parent Perspective

College Auditions:  The Parent Perspective

By now, you’ve completed some auditions and may still have a few more to come.  Depending on the school, you may have already received acceptances and rejections.  If this process didn’t seem real to you yet, the moment is about to arrive. Don’t worry--I’ve got your back on this, parents.  You and your student will survive and thrive, although you’re probably both going to have some scars to prove it.

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‘Intimacy director’ helps stage actors navigate love scenes

‘Intimacy director’ helps stage actors navigate love scenes

Towards the end of John Dryden’s play, All for Love, there is a scene in which Antony and Cleopatra declare their love for each other as they near death.

In the University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre’s production of the play, opening Thursday, the actors are expected to demonstrate those feelings physically.

There was a time not long ago when actors might have been left to their own devices to make such passion look convincing, without it getting awkward, triggering uncomfortable emotions or crossing the line of consent.

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How Do You Feel When You Screw Up on Stage?

How Do You Feel When You Screw Up on Stage?

We have ALL been there. There are many times that we’ve been on stage and suddenly forgotten our lines, cracked while belting out a song, tripped and fell, forgotten a prop, missed your cue, I could go on and on. I will tell you that ALL of these things have happened to me.

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10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman Theatre Major

10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman Theatre Major

While it's only been a couple of years, find myself already waxing nostalgically about my freshman year as a theatre major. That year was a great growing experience but also incredibly difficult, so this one is for all you baby theatre students wandering wide-eyed into the world of university theatre. 

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College Audition Vitals

College Audition Vitals

College is right around the corner! That’s right, high school seniors- I’m talking to you. In just a few months you’ll be handed a piece of paper and be sent off into the big scary world of college. Most of you probably already see yourself in your dream school- acing your classes, and living it up. News flash: you still need to get accepted! Now is not the time to be losing sight of everything you’ve been working so hard for.

Odds are, if you’re a theatre student or a music student looking to pursue your passion, your auditions are in full swing. As a long-time vocal student and performer, I thought my voice audition for colleges would be the easy part. I had been classically trained for years and it had always been my forte. Why would that change? Little did I know just how much work you really should be putting into your college vocal auditions!

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The Truth Behind Small Theater Programs

The Truth Behind Small Theater Programs

From universities known for their large and respected theater programs to the college theater underdogs, On Stage writers have walked you through some of the best programs in the country. But what about schools not known for their theater program? Or even schools with very small programs? Are they worth talking about? Of course it depends on what you’re looking for but sometimes you can find great experiences in surprising places and theater departments in non-theater schools are a great example. 

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College Theatre Programs to Keep An Eye On: Molloy College/CAP21

College Theatre Programs to Keep An Eye On: Molloy College/CAP21

With our new feature, “College Theatre Programs to Keep An Eye On”, we’ll be deep diving into programs that you should know more about and who should be high on your list of consideration for theatre training.

Today we’re kicking things off by looking into Collaborative Arts Project 21, known more commonly as Molloy College/CAP21.

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Tips to Help Your Audition at Unifieds

Tips to Help Your Audition at Unifieds

Unifieds. For those who have endured through these audition sessions, I tip my hat to you. It’s a stressful and hectic process which proves to be more fruitless than successful. But there are those times when the stars align that a unified audition goes so well, an offer of admission is made.

These are rare but I’ve seen them happen. More often, a student will come in, give a strong audition and that will at the very least, put them on our radar as a strong candidate for admission later on. Then there’s the flip side, when we see a student give a lackluster audition that disqualifies them from consideration. It doesn’t happen in the majority, but it does happen.

While there isn’t a sure-fire blueprint for success to get into every school you audition for, there are definitely things you can do to help your chances in that room.

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