So you want to be on stage! Well, you've
come to the right place. If you are an experienced
actor or have never been on stage, there may be a
part for you to play. And we have a wonderful team
of directors who will coach you and be there for
you during your appearance in a show.
First, in order to get in a play, you
need to come to one of our auditions. You can find
out dates and details on each of the shows we are
producing during the current season by clicking on
the menu at the left "AUDITIONS" and checking
out the roles and plot for each play.
Once you have been selected to be in
the cast of a show, there is a significant commitment
of time that you'll need to make as a member of the
cast. Rehearsal schedules are created by each director
and you will receive a copy of the schedule at the
first rehearsal. Rehearsals are generally at 7 p.m.
for four or five week-nights each week prior to opening
night. There are generally about 5 weeks of rehearsals
for each show, for a total of 25 rehearsals. Directors
are strict about punctuality and rehearsals will generally
run for about 2 hours, assuming that they start on
it really like to get involved in acting at the Little
Theatre? It's different depending on the director,
of course, but here are some tips that Aaron Collins,
a veteran actor and one of our newest directors at
the LT, has shared with us.
Auditions: "Never limit
yourself; be professional; show the director something
unique each time; be a good sport when you don't get
Learning lines: "One of
the best tips I've picked up over the years is to
make a tape and listen to it before going to bed or
even while you sleep."
Makeup on stage: "I wear
very little makeup. It really throws me when you rehearse
for five weeks and then on show night an actor comes
on stage and looks completely different. I guess that
makes me a minimalist."
Costumes: "I would prefer
someone did them for me, because it is distracting
if you have to come up with something yourself."
Sets: "If I could, I would
probably build my own, but the sets here at the Little
Theatre are usually well done."
Curtain Calls: "The audience
applauds, the curtain closes, and that is it. Greeting
the audience after the show is awkward. I understand
why we do it, but it's not my favorite part."
His personal schedule, family and
the theater: "I think if you asked any of
us that volunteer regularly, you can do as much or
as little as you want. It is addictive but all things
must come in moderation. When I do a show as an actor,
I usually will block off acting time and family time
and keep them separate, and I think I balance it pretty
Spiritual: "In all the years
since my first involvement in live theatre, I think
I have found that this is one of the things for which
God created me. At that moment right before I go on,
when I feel the lights on my face and a there's hush
in the audience, it's like God is smiling."
Good luck in your audition at the Little