We have auditions coming up on July 16, 2011. To make it easier for players we are separating auditions into a Monday/Tuesday House Team audition and a Thursday House Team audition. This way if you are on a Tuesday house team and you want to play on a Thursday house team, you just need to audition at the Thursday house team auditions. If you are not available for Thursday or Monday/Tuesday nights, you pick the audition best suited for you.
This July, I will be adding members to both of the troupes I coach, The SansScript Players and MooCrew. I often get asked what I look for when I am casting for my house teams. When I add players to one of my groups, I look at them as people and players. They need to be improvisers on stage and off. This sets a tone for the group, show and the theater.
First I look at them as people; do they improvise in their interactions with me and others at the theater. For example are they enthusiastic, fun, easygoing, “yes and”, interesting, adaptable, eager people? Are they improvisers in their personal life and mind-set? Do they see the world as a fun place filled with possibilities or are they a miserable person who kills ideas, operates out of spite and malice? They most likely will bring this attitude with them to the show and the theater.
Then I look at them on stage; are they experienced enough to embody the rules of improvisation on stage too? Are they having fun, are they entertainers (not just satisfied by simply playing on stage, they are only fulfilled by entertaining the audience), are they building and supporting everyone on stage, do they create energy, excitement and fun?
Both are needed for me to cast someone. If someone is a self-serving, ego driven person in their personal life, but a great improviser; they may be great on stage, but cause so much damage to the group, show and theater off stage that it creates a difficult environment for everyone. This attitude makes the group feel icky, then it creates discord in the show and eventually it can infect the entire community.
If someone is a natural improviser, but has not performed on stage enough to trust them when performing, this can affect the group too. It can disrupt the team’s performance and then this brings down the show and has a negative effect on the theater as a whole. I will cast people who are just about ready; people who are growing and moving forward on stage. But the people who just don’t have enough hours on stage to be comfortable in their own skin, I will pass on this time but look for them later.
So, when I am casting for my groups I try to bring people into my groups who are 51% the embodiment of improvisation in their lives and 49% embodied improvisers on stage. My job as a coach is to develop and push folks to do better on stage. I can work with somebody who positive and struggling on stage.
If someone is an improviser on stage, but not off stage, I try not to cast this person.
If you are auditioning for us this July, break a leg!
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