Here's an article with 18 tips to stand out at auditions! Don't forget to mark your calendars: 2 and 3 April 2019, 19:30. Address: Burgemeester S'Jacobplein 1. Read more
REST has announced our upcoming production. We're doing a fast paced comedy with a flexible cast size. Auditions dates have been set as well. Tuesday 2 April and Wednesday 3 April - mark your calendars! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a time slot and receive a sample text for the audition.
Wednesday's open meeting was loads of fun. Everyone was really enthusiastic! We videoed the games and I hope to have some short cuts for you to check out soon. Also had a quick survey for everyone and it was wonderful to have some feedback from our members. I'm looking into an online survey so everyone can get involved.
Everyone expressed high interest in guest speakers and workshops. I think it's a great idea, too! Do you live in Rotterdam and have a theatre related skill you'd like to share? We want to know about it. Please contact me, Ky, at email@example.com. Tell me a bit about your experience and what your idea is. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
And don't forget: the best way to keep updated on everything going on with REST is to follow us on Facebook. You'll be alerted every time we post or create a new event. Be sure to click the 'follow' button!
Please Note: Address correction for meeting!! Come to Burgemeester S'Jacobplein 1, Rotterdam.
As promised, here's a photo clearly marking the meeting spot for REST's open meeting this Wednesday, 13 March, 19:00. Public transport: Dijkzigt metro station (walk towards the Museumplein exit). You'll see the Hoogeschool building immediately. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!
The Board met on the 6th and came to some decisions. We've decided on a script for autumn 2019, set audition dates, and secured a venue. Be sure to come on Wednesday evening when we'll be announcing all of this! There's lots to be excited about this year. We've chosen a script with a flexible cast size, so there's loads of parts for everyone. I'm also hoping to organize some fun activities over the summer we can all enjoy.
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If you can't make our Wednesday meeting but want to be involved, drop us a note. We'll connect with you as soon as we can and add you to our mailing list.
See you Wednesday!
Love acting? Me, too. Whether you're amateur or trained, it's good to know about the various acting techniques out there. Here's a quick overview of five well known acting techniques used by actors around the world with links to more information!
Classical Acting Technique
Classical Acting is a technique created by Constantin Stanislavski. In Stanislavski's method, actors study concentration, voice, physical skills, emotion memory, observation, and dramatic analysis. Actors are asked to put themselves in the mindset of their characters and find things in common with them in order to give a more accurate portrayal of the role.
Read more about Classical Acting here
The Chekhov Acting Technique
Michael Chekhov was a student of Stanislavski and later added to the Classical Acting technique. In Chekhov's method, actors focus on the internal problems of their characters and then express the issue through movement. Actors using this technique physicalize their characters' needs and internal dynamics in the the form of an external gesture. Study focus on transformation, working with impulse, imagination and inner and outer movements.
Read more about The Checkhov Technique here
Method Acting Technique
Method Acting is credited to Lee Strasberg and members of his theatre group. Method Acting emphasizes connecting to a character by drawing on personal emotions and memories, aided by a set of exercises and practices including sense memory and affective memory.
Read more about Method Acting here
Meisner Acting Technique
The Meisner Technique is closely related to Method Acting. It requires actors to focus not on themselves but entirely on the other actors as though they are real and only exist at the moment. The most important exercise used in Meisner's method is called the Repetition Exercise. A repeated phrase is used and actors are asked to be in the moment and respond spontaneously both physically and vocally.
Read more about the Meisner Technique here
Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique
Practical Aesthetics was developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy. This acting technique focuses not on the character but on the actor. What does the actor want to accomplish in the scene? What would the actor do in this situation? This method breaks down scenes using the following four step analysis:
1. Literal - The basic description of what's happening
2. Want - What does one character ultimately want the other actor to say or do
3. Essential Action - What the actor wants within a scene
4. As If - How the actor would respond in given circumstances
Read more about Practical Aesthetics here
I'm excited. Are you? REST's first open meeting of 2019 is coming up fast. I've been sending out Facebook messages and invites, connecting with people, and working hard to bring a couple of surprises to the meeting. Don't forget to mark your calendars: 13 March, 19:00, Museumplein 40, pavilion entrance. I'll be in the area on Wednesday and take a few clear pictures of the building so you can't miss it. We'll have plenty of free sugar rushes in the form of delectable homemade cookies, so come one and all!
I've created a check list form for the open meeting. Dafni and I have been thinking of some fun activities REST could offer our members, and I want to know your preferences and opinions. Don't worry: it isn't long, it's easy, and I hope you'll be excited about a few of our thoughts and ideas. But it will help me immensely to know what YOU want from REST membership, so please take the time to fill it in.
Remember: if you can't make the meeting but you want to be involved, drop me (Ky) a note on our contact form or message our Facebook page. I'll reply as quickly as possible and do my best to answer all your questions. We can also meet to discuss various aspects of REST, our production, and our marketing plans. I'm eager to get you into the group and having fun!
I know what we can do as a group. How much we can accomplish and how far we can go. Come on the 13th and find out how you can be involved. Don't forget: we're announcing our 2019 production on the 13th. Get a jump on everyone else by knowing what our plans are for this year. And yes, we'll be holding auditions for our 2019 production - another reason you'll want to come to our open meeting. But there's so much more than acting to be done, and so many ways to be connected and make real friendships in our group! Join us and find out what you can do.
I am thrilled to have found a partner in crime on the PR front! We've met twice already to go through plans for internet and our on the ground marketing strategies. I love having someone to bounce ideas off of and to help keep me on track. This is an exciting time to be on the marketing team for REST. We're building up from the very bottom, full of enthusiasm and hope. If you're interested in getting involved, please message me (Ky) here on our contact form or on our FB page. I'm looking for a full house of helpers: marketing, video, make-up, hosting, backstage. If none of that interests you, come up with something you can do and TELL me. If all it takes is a bit of work and time, I'm all for it!
We're opening up an Instagram account and prepping our YouTube channel. Crossing my fingers that you'll see multiple platform posts from REST within a month. Again: helpers are MUCH appreciated. :)
Looking forward to our 13 March open meeting. I'm planning on making some of my award winning goodies to share, so be sure to bring your sweet tooth! Our games are always a blast to play and watch. Most of all, though, I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. I am on the hunt for enthusiastic and interested people. If you love theater, I've got something you can do to help REST.
Don't forget to indicate your interest on our posted Facebook event for 13 March. Let us know if you plan on coming. We'll be looking for you!
REST has an upcoming open meeting on 13 March 2019. Here's what you can expect!
We'll begin with an informal gathering in the lobby; an old fashioned meet 'n greet with refreshments. Come early to enjoy some coffee, tea, and cookies! From there, we'll move into a closed room to begin our meeting. After a brief discussion we'll begin with the real fun of the night: games.
There are a couple of games we play while standing in a big circle. One 'passes the go' quickly around the circle using nonsense sounds even the most seasoned players sometimes screw up. Result? Hilarity and fast game play. Another even faster game is designed along the line of the child's challenge to pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time. Players are asked to point, pass, and move across the circle - but the order is mixed up and you'll be laughing at yourself before long as you mess things up over and over.
After we're all warmed up from laughing at ourselves, we'll start our favorite improv game. Two players are selected from volunteers. One is a shop keeper, one a customer. The customer is returning a defective item to the shop - only the customer has no idea what that item is! The group selects in secret something on the spot, and the customer must guess the item from clues given in the shop keeper's replies.
Don't forget: we're announcing our upcoming production during the meeting. Be there to get all the info first!
Wonderful article from The City Academy in London: What is Method Acting?
Great article with tips from working stage actors! How to Act: stage stars share their acting tips
Scripts, scripts, scripts! The Board met last night to discuss our 2019 season and foremost on all our minds were scripts. We discussed several options, and set a date to make a choice after we've had a chance to sample the texts. Our venue choice was discussed as well, and we're following up on a variety of options.
Set your calendars for 13 March at 19:00! REST is holding an open meeting and everyone is welcome. We'll announce our upcoming production, play games, and do the whole meet and greet evening. The evening will open up with 'tea and bikkies' at 19:00 and at 19:30 we'll get into it. Be sure to attend if you're interested in performing! The scripts we're considering have flexible cast sizes, so there's the possibility of many small roles that can be filled by interested parties. Let us know if you're interested! Address: Hogeschool Rotterdam Hoogbouw, Burgemeester S'jacobplein 1. Meet and greet on ground level (pavilion entrance); we'll head to a room after we've all gathered.
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