END OF YEAR
All over the country student
actors are presenting their final performances for the year and
those who are completing their tertiary study are presenting
themselves to the industry for assessment often in the hope of
acquiring an agent. Discussions with television-orientated people
at a recent performance of graduating students produced the following
Foundations Always Deliver
It's obvious that the performance process for theatre has a number
of different technical requirements from the television/film
process. But it was surprising that some television-orientated
observers had difficulty in assessing the value of the offerings
because stage work is "so large" and they are looking
for actors who deliver "small" performances for the
screen. So the difference in techniques muddies the water for
some observers. However, it was obvious from the comments that
actors who based their performance process on the fundamental
essentials where the ones who attracted attention and comment.
- If the performer delivered
their story, then they were on the way to gaining approval.
- If they did so through an
active listening process, then they definitely were noticed.
- If the performer also managed
to entertain the audience, then they possibly gained a few extra
These seemed to be the ingredients
which attracted the most comment.
In addition it was plain that
performers could still receive a favourable response if they
slipped a little in delivering the story but despite this were
still listening. The active listening element seemed to be the
one that was most constantly assessed as the ingredient that
created a truthful interactive process. It appeared from the
comments heard that these assessment appeared to be just as relevant
to musical theatre students as they were to drama students.
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