Year ‘Home and Away’ Contract
ESTHER ANDERSON got a call back for a three-year contract on Home
and Away she came to The Rehearsal Room to prepare for this big
audition. ESTHER had previously attended Rehearsal Room Workshops
and had a clear understanding of the practicalities of this view
of process. So, when the big opportunity arrived she came back to
polish up her skills.
Perhaps a contributing factor in ESTER’s
success was that she went to the first audition not expecting to get it.
Her plan was to be seen and get the practice in the hope that she might
get another opportunity later. How often does it happen to actors that
the audition they don’t see as important is the one they get!
The Rehearsal Room approach
to preparing an audition is not to settle on a definitive way of
doing the scene. The meaning and context of the story is thoroughly
explored; active listening is expanded; factors that add to the
complexity of the character are tested and the ability to change
all these ingredients swiftly and efficiently is practiced. After
two sessions ESTHER was equipped to make her own choice as to which
one of the variety of versions of her two audition scenes she would
aim in preparing is not to have a perfect version of the scene but to
have an open and flexible process based on truthful active listening so
that the producers can see the actor’s skill. Esther stopped short
of ‘nailing it’. She was quite happy with feeling that the
choices were effective. There is no point in the best performance of an
audition scene being the one the actor gave two days before the audition
while practicing. The aim is to complete the journey at the audition itself.
The actor should go to the audition confident in the belief that they
have covered a wide range of possibilities and that they are ready to
comfortably adapt to any new suggestions that they hadn’t previously
considered. They should also go to the audition with the intention of
enjoying it and having fun.
days later the following text message was received at The Rehearsal
Room. “Hello, Richard. The audition went
well … I had fun! Thanks very much for your help. Have to
wait and see now. Esther.”
“That felt like a very satisfactory outcome,” Richard
said to the class he was giving that evening. “After that
it is in the ‘lap of the Gods.’”
On the evening of Monday 25th February in the middle of the Advanced
Workshop The Rehearsal Room phone rang. A breathless ESTHER ANDERSON
said, “Richard, I’m in shock. I got
it. I got the gig. I can’t believe it.” Richard
explained to her that she was about to enter a very different world.
She had just spent a number of days preparing her scene including
2 hours of rehearsal. From now on she’ll be getting about
10 minutes to rehearse a scene and that time would be shared with
a number of other actors. That’s the world of fast-turn-around
and good luck, ESTHER.
The Rehearsal Room/3 Big Men Production of ‘Hobson’s
Choice’ is now cast and rehearsals have commenced.
cast is –
Maggie - CAROLINE LLOYD;
Willie - PETER DAVENPORT;
Henry Hobson - IAN ROONEY;
Alice Hobson - AMI-LOUISE SHARPE;
Vickey Hobson - KATE DROUGAS;
Tubby Wadlow - MICHAEL COLLINS;
Albert Prosser - EZRA BIX;
Freddy Beanstalk - TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN;
Ada Figgins - KARLA HILLAM
Mrs Hepworth - MAGGIE MANDELERT
Jim Heeler - SEAN SCULLY
Doctor McFarlane - IAN SMITH
Director - CHRISTINE DIXON
SMITH (Harold in Neighbours) is playing Doctor McFarlane.
“All the cast are very excited about IAN playing this cameo role
in the production. And audiences will really enjoy seeing IAN in a uniquely
different role,” Producer, Darren Mort said.
Director Richard Sarell promised the 92 actors who auditioned that
he would give them individual feedback about their audition. This
process is taking longer than expected due to the large number of
actors involved. So, far about half the actors have received feedback.
Richard is still working his way through the list .
qualities he was searching for were actors who could “Listen
actively, move story forward because they were always listening
for difficulties the character was experiencing and actors who played
real surprises,” Richard said.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
The season opens on 29th May 2008 and tickets are now on sale but
Thursday 29th, Friday 30th and Saturday 31st
May are SOLD OUT. The first show that tickets are currently
available for is Sunday 1st June at 5pm. Bookings can be made at
8290 7000. Prices are $25,
$18 (concession) and $20pp (groups of 10+).
Workshop Round 2
The next Round of Audition Workshops is on Sunday afternoons commencing
on Sunday 27th April. This change is to accommodate the Hobson’s
Choice Rehearsals which will happen on Saturdays. The Casting Directors
Lou Mitchell and Jo Rippon will be here on Sunday 18th and 25th May.
3 Workshop will be back to Saturday morning sessions and Jan
Russ (Neighbours) will be one of the casting directors.
TV Presenters Queue
The next TV Presenters Workshop which starts on 31st May was booked out
halfway through March. The popularity of this workshop has grown steadily
because of its very practical qualities and because it is a good fun experience.
next TV Presenter’s Workshop is already filling. It is scheduled
to start on Saturday July 26th. For
work in the MASTER CLASS
standard of work in Rehearsal Room workshops is going up and up.
It is very exciting to see actors making huge gains in performance
skill and confidence as a result of the effort they have put into
the classes. The significant difference about Rehearsal Room workshops
is the clear progress actors make because of the practical nature
of this unique view of process.
PAINE - a break through performance night.
Keeping Head Shots Current.
On a fairly regular basis Casting Directors, Producers and Directors approach
The Rehearsal Room to see if we know an actor who might be suitable for
their needs. On the last occasion this happened three of the actors Richard
Sarell wanted to recommend didn’t have headshots on The Rehearsal
Room file. These actors still had their names put forward, however, it
is probable that actors who had a headshot included would have attracted
more attention. If you are an actor or TV Presenter who has done classes
at The Rehearsal Room it would be very sensible to make sure your headshot
is on file. Jpeg files are the most flexible. Send or update your file
ANNOUNCE YOUR SHOWS
The Rehearsal Room now has a new bulletin board and you can publish details
of your new show on it, for FREE. A number of Theatre Companies and Co-op
Productions have enquired about such a possibility and it
is now available.
Audition Bulletin Board
A new bulletin board for auditions is now also available. The old board
had received over 1000 auditions for Victorian shows but was also experiencing
difficulties with spammers. The new board should be relatively trouble
free. If you are in search of actors with a good skill level then The
Rehearsal Room is a great place to start. Advertise
your auditions here.
If you are
a young actor and want to announce your availability then there is also
bulletin board for you.
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