10 Ways To Bomb Your Audition

There’s so much talk about what you need to do in auditions and not so much about what might actually ruin your audition.

Take a read at this article and try and avoid ever doing these 10 things 🙂

http://theatrenerds.com/10-ways-completely-bomb-audition/

How to Practice Effectively

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

TED Talks are one of my favourite channels to listen on. They have multiple topics, and whether it’s a lecture or video, they are always informative, educational and inspiring.

I came across this video about practice recently and I wanted to share with all of you. As performers, we are constantly confronted with the act of practice; in fact, you probably spend more time practising than be in lessons. Knowing how to practice is vital as they way you practice will shape your craft. Your teacher can help you refine your craft, but they cannot do it for you. It is YOU who decides upon the quality and quantity of practice, which will have a direct impact on the performance.

As mentioned in the video, it takes years of practice to master a skill, therefore, knowing and learning the most efficient way to practice will maximise your development – Continue reading

Acting Advice from Broadway Stars

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

Wow! What a set of advice. I must have listened to this video a dozen times!

Musical theatre as we all know is a mixture of singing, dancing and ACTING! A lot of time we forget we are telling a story and embracing a different character because we are so focused on the singing and dancing when really, the reason you are singing and dancing is because the moment/character demands it. Go out and experience, see, study and observe the world. The more knowledge you have of the world and as a person, the more flavour and layers you will be able to bring to whatever role you are working on.

I often remind my students, acting is not the last thing you do or add to the character, but it should be the first. Before you even attempt to work on the song, you should have a good knowledge of what, where and why you are singing, because this will not just inform the choices you make, but the way you deliver the song/role as well. Of course, when you are in a show, the director, musical director and choreographer will help you refine those Continue reading

“It’s All About The Process…”

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

Those of you who are my students will hear me say this, one of the main things I constantly say is “everything is about PROCESS!” As soon as we start looking/working for results, then you haven’t learnt and chances are, you will get it wrong, and that’s when you become unreliable as a performer.

Joyce Didonato, one of my favourite opera singers, has once again made a very important point. Although this is an opera masterclass, the main principle remains the same in all art form.

The aria performed here is Donde Lieta from Puccini’s La Boheme. Puccini’s arias are Continue reading

Young Frankenstein

DISCOVERY TUESDAY

Young Frankenstein is a musical written by Mel Brooks, who also famously wrote the musical The Producers.

Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which sees the creation of a creature that cannot be controlled. When Frederick Frankenstein, a New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a Transylvanian castle and laboratory from his genius, but
deranged grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein, he quickly has some decisions to make.

Facing a scary dilemma, young Frankenstein must choose whether to run from his grandfather’s frightening legacy or to continue to crazily experiment withreanimating the dead. And, in the process, will he fall in love with his sultry lab assistant, Inga? (source)

The show will open at London’s Garrick Theatre on 10 October 2017, with previews from 28 September and its probably a good idea to get to know the show as some of you am sure Continue reading

Ed Sherran’s advice

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

For this week, we have Ed Sheeran to motivate us! Although Ed in this video focuses on embarking a career as a musician, there are many principles I feel we can take and apply that to the field of Musical Theatre.

I remember hearing the theory of 10,000 hours rules – scientists believe that in order to be master any skillset, on average, you need to spend around 10,000 hours of practice. Of course, Ed Sheeran in this video refers to song-writing and getting his songs out to the Continue reading

Rodgers and Hammerstein Quiz

I’m sure most of you have sung at least one song by Rodgers and Hammerstein, especially that time in 1st year for your legit assessment? Yep, you know what I’m talking about…

Most of you have probably heard of Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King And I, Cinderella etc however, would you be able to match these specific lyrics to its musical? Why don’t you Continue reading