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ABOUT . . .
ACTING AT THE LITTLE THEATRE
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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 time.

What's 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 cast."

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 well."

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 Theatre.

 



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