Typical Theater Geek Problems

Jan 27

"recently happened so yeah."
Submitted by add1e.
(sorry addie, that really sucks D’: I wish you the best)

"recently happened so yeah."

Submitted by add1e.

(sorry addie, that really sucks D’: I wish you the best)

grandmaboris said: Hey! I'm an Alto Auditioning for School House Rock Live. The director wants upbeat pop or theatre songs. Any suggestions! Thanks! :)

For an upbeat alto-ish song try “Brand New You” from the musical 13!   Hopefully you can find sheet music for it!  I’d suggest the beginning of the song where it’s very fun and shows a lot of personality without going very high.  Break your leg at auditions and keep rocking the stage!!

Submitted by sittingrightnow!

Submitted by sittingrightnow!

Jan 24

Anonymous said: I was possibly wondering if you could give me some advice. So my friend and I got chorus in the school play with no speaking parts, and I was fine with it (I starred in the last show, you can't be a lead all the time, right?) But he's really upset. Do you have any ideas on how I could help/comfort him?

Aw.  I’m very sorry, it sucks not getting the lead. BUT GURL I LIKE YO ATTITUDE!  With your friend though, that’s too bad.  Do normal things that you would do anyway.  Tell him he’s amazing and you think that fate does what it means to do and sometimes that means you won’t get a big role this year, but you will some other time.  That it might not have been his talent, but his height or vocal part or something, you know?  Something that can’t change.  Tell him all the fun you’ll have in chorus because it’s less work and still lots of fun!  Remind him he doesn’t have to worry about line memorization or anything!  And then proceed to call one of the people who got a lead a favorite, that always helps get some sad feeling out.  Just be what you are - a friend to him, and that’s going to help you comfort him.

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a-heart-full-of-blood said: Hi! Cute blog :) & can I ask for some advice? Okay, I was in Legally Blonde: The Musical at my local theatre. It was my first musical and I was cast as "Kate", and I played a few other ensemble roles. I am currently a freshman at high school and this year's spring musical is Bye Bye Birdie. I want to audition for Ursula or maybe a different principal ensemble role. I am a soprano. Any ideas for an audition song? (Can't be from Grease, but must be similar to a BBB type of musical). Thanks! :)

Well thank you!  And good job getting Kate in your first musical!  That’s a pretty great role for your first show, congrats :) 

And awesome!  Ursula is a fantabulous role.  Hm, I’d suggest “I Enjoy Being a Girl” from Flower Drum Song!  It’s more of a mezzo-soprano song in the sense that it doesn’t have high notes, but it’s in an easy range for you to do!  The musical was made in the 50s and was a huge hit on both Broadway and made into a major movie.  The music has the same style and type of tempo as the popular songs in Bye Bye Birdie.  Plus, the sheet music is very easy to find!

Break a leg and keep rocking the stage!!!

Submitted by and-everything-else-goes-away!

Submitted by and-everything-else-goes-away!

Jan 23

Anonymous said: Hey! I'm auditioning for Singing in the Rain at the end of January and singing Good Morning for the audition. I've had some unfortunate luck with auditions before, and I was wondering if you had any good tips? Thank you!

Well, I’d just say to try and stay confident.  When I’m confident in an audition I do 100000000x better than when i’m nervous.  (which is usually why my monologues are soooo much better than my singing auditions!  I psych myself out!) I know that’s a hard thing to do, because you’re kinda scaring yourself even more by telling yourself to stop being worried. 

I suggest trying to be the first one to audition.  You get it out of the way and you simply do not have TIME to be nervous!  That always is easier for me, anyway.  You also don’t have the opportunity to judge yourself by everyone else before you perform. 

And practice, practice, practice.  You’ll be fine :)

Break your leg at auditions and keep rocking the stage!

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Anonymous said: What's set strike?

Set Strike is either the day after the show or right after the show where all actors are required to stay and help “strike the set” or tear apart the set pieces, putting away the costumes, cleaning the theater, etc.  Depending on your cast, this can be something that takes 1 hour for big casts to maybe 4 hours if you have a small cast.  It’s always somewhat saddening to see all the sets and hard work being torn down, which is why in a few problems posted here they talk about the “emotions that come with it”.