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Jul 31

On the Job

By Richard Sarell | News

DANIEL Di GIOVANNI has been on air as a core cast member in the ABC’s “Ronny Chieng: International Student” comedy series. Daniel also shot a Coles commercial in which he was cast without auditioning. His previous auditions were obviously strong enough to get him this gig.

YASMIN BUSHBY is on a roll. She has recently completed 3 big projects.  Yasmin has been writing, producing and presenting a series of 26 sustainability-focussed videos for the City of Melbourne. All completed in time for Al Gore arriving in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. She was also the featured role in a recent Coles commercial. And she is currently presenting an eight video series in Sydney and Melbourne for a big-name company. This shoot is underway at this moment.

DARREN MORT will shortly be making a return to Neighbours to reprise a guest character he has played before (no audition required).

ANTE KRESO appeared in “Offspring” with very positive feedback from the production about his work.

BRUNO STEPNELL has just completed a 2-day shoot for Neighbours.

ANDREA McCANNON and SIMONE BALL appeared in the same episode of True Story with Hamish & Andy.

MAXWELL SIMON after a great finish to his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the VCA has just finished his first professional gig – one of the lead roles in the new Australian musical ‘Between Worlds’. Well done Max.
Check this out … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yVgaHZwDlg

Congratulations to all. It has been a busy month.

Jul 24

Totally Truthful and Compelling to Watch

By Richard Sarell | News

Every so often, something so outstanding happens that its importance needs to be recorded. Last week ANDREA McCANNON’S performance in Wednesday evening’s ‘Eclat’ MASTER CLASS was such an occasion. ANDREA delivered a fabulous 6 minute 45 second blemish free performance recorded in one take.

At The Rehearsal Room, as actors progress through the various levels of the classes they work on longer and longer scenes. That’s because the challenge for the actor to keep a scene engaging for the audience increases considerably as the length of the scene grows. This scene was nearly seven minutes long! That’s unusually long for a TV script.  There were plenty of challenges here, yet ANDREA made it look easy.

This exceptional performance was totally engaging, compellingly real, charming and thoroughly entertaining. Fine work.

ANDREA’S association with The Rehearsal Room began in 2005. She started in the Intermediate Sunday Workshop and has continued to return over the years.

The next Sunday Intermediate Workshop commences on Sunday 6 August at 2pm.  Enrol here.

Jul 06

AUDITIONING for TV COMMERCIALS

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

AUDITIONING for TV COMMERCIALS

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Saturday 6 July 2019

7.5 hours

10am - 6pm

Casting Director: Biffy James (2 Divas)
Director:  Richard Sarell

$256.00



Are you confident when auditioning for a TV COMMERCIAL?  Or do you often walk out of the audition room feeling you didn't do a great job.  Is the question often in your mind, "IF ONLY I had more time to think!  IF ONLY I could have another go!!"

Although a TVC only requires a short time commitment they often pay quite well - so TV Commercials are a handy supplements to an actor's income.  Impressing the casting director with your skill level is the first step towards the lottery of getting the gig.

This one-day workshop provides the opportunity to get better at auditioning for TV Commercials.  Yes, YOU WILL DO AN AUDITION.  But NO, YOU WONT walk out feeling that you would like a second chance.

THIS TIME YOU WILL get another chance?  After every round of auditions there will be a discussion/analysis session and then every actor will get a second go.  There will be one round in the morning session and another in the afternoon.  You get FOUR AUDITIONS in one-day working with two different audition formats.


What are the benefits of this course?

1) Build audition skill in two different audition formats

It is important to understand what a Casting Director expects of you and what they might ask of you.  What they ask might change depending on the audition format they are exploring.

2) An opportunity to sort out your specific confusions

Sort out your those areas you often aren't clear about.  Learn how to ask the right questions to get the right answers. 

3) Benefit from the knowledge of an experienced Casting Director and an experienced Director

During the briefing sessions after each audition you will get practical hands-on advice from the Casting Director's point of view and a Director's assessment.  You will explore a variety of options that are then tested out.

4) Work on real briefs so you get real experience

This will be a thoroughly professional working environment - dealing with the issues professionals face and using professional techniques to overcome them

5) Explore two different forms of TVC Auditions

Sometimes you have to work with another actor - sometimes you have to work alone.  Explore different techniques and different processes that help deal with these very different auditions.

6) Get to know a working Casting Director

Casting Directors not only need to know about your skill level they also need to know you.  Because you have a day to play with the challenges this workshop offers you will get to build a relationship with a working professional Casting Director

Shane Porteous A Country Practice [Lead actor]

For an actor a scene must do more than further the plot - it must explore the relationship between the characters. Richard has a gift for making this process clear and simple. His direction gives me confidence to trust my own intuition, thus allowing the character room to breathe...

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You find Casting Directors intimidating
  • Uncertainty about exactly what a casting director is looking for holds you back
  • The great plans for your audition are seldom delivered
  • Don't know how to manage the unusual demands of TVC auditions
  • Which questions are the right ones to ask the casting director
  • You feel an audition is a competition that you must win

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • you may always feel uncomfortable when auditioning for a TVC
  • you wont have a professional understanding of the audition process
  • will remain confused about issues that should be clear to you
  • you will reduce your chances of doing a good audition
  • be rigid in your choices rather than relaxed, flexible and professional

ABOUT BIFFY...

Biffy has vast and varied experience in the entertainment industry. Starting at just 8-years-old. She has worked at Channel 7, as an Associate Producer for a comedy sketch series over two seasons and has been at 2Divas Casting for 5 years. In that time she has been involved in casting hundreds of commercials.

As well as an Arts Degree she also has a Diploma of Screenwriting (New York Film Academy, NY), Masters of Creative Writing (RMIT), and a Masters of Producing in Film and Television (Victorian College of the Arts).

Biffy has conducted many private workshops for actors, advising them of audition tips and tricks, and what to expect in the casting room.

ABOUT RICHARD ...

Richard was one of the first acting teachers to begin running workshops that allowed actors to interact with Casting Directors.  The aim was to give actors experience of the audition room so that they can approach an audition in a relaxed, focused and professional way.

These are the only workshops where actors also receive analysis and feedback from a director as well as a casting director.  This combined input from two different entertainment professionals makes these workshops unique and incredibly valuable.

Richard believes this workshop will be unique in the way it identifies and solves problems for actors.  It will be a small group where​ the focus is entirely on the needs of the actors.


The Rehearsal Room runs a variety of Audition Workshops

Learn to be comfortable auditioning for TV Commercials. 

THIS COURSE - Saturday 6 July 2019

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20week ACCELERATOR with Glenn Quinn, Richard Sarell & Kyahl Anderson
Jun 18

A Workshop That Raises the Bar

By Richard Sarell | Uncategorized

It has been in the planning stages for 7 months but as we now have a FANTASTIC new venue we can announce it!!!    …
“The 20week ACCELERATOR starts July 19th.”  Cue the fanfare!!!   Trumpets sound!

It is a course that will lift actors skills to a new level.  Click here for details.

Auditions start next Saturday 24th June (to book a time ring Richard 0407 226 620 or email Richard@rehearsalroom.com). It is short notice but if you can’t prepare a simple audition in that time you really DO need this course – so, find a way.

The total focus of the 20week ACCELERATOR will be on training actors to work at professional speed with professional results. It will be powerfully effective.  This course will raise the level of acting tuition to a new high.

For more details go here.

Explosive afternoon
Jun 05

A Taste of Our New Home

By Richard Sarell | News

The Rehearsal Room tested out its new home at the Dream Factory in Footscray with a 3-hour workshop “Freedom for the Actor” on Sunday 4 June.  The results were outstanding with moving and powerful performances resulting from the exercises.

GLENN QUINN and KYAHL ANDERSON did a superb job in bringing their perspective to the session. “Incredible content in an explosive afternoon,” was how KELLY CUPO experienced the day. “What a pleasure to work with three professionals,” she said. The strength of the teaching team at The Rehearsal Room is growing and growing. It is already at an impressive standard.

“Three minds with three different approaches combined together, really created a powerful approach to the conversation,” commented CIGDEN HONEY.

It was an exciting afternoon.

The first SUNDAY WORKSHOPS at the DREAM FACTORY start this Sunday 11 June.
Click here to enroll for the Introductory Workshop and here for the Intermediate Workshop.

Jun 03

$10 Friday

By Richard Sarell | Acting Classes & Workshops

$10 FRIDAY
Scene Study 

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Friday 26 October

3 hours

6.00pm to 9.00pm

Richard Sarell

$10.00


Explore the key ingredients of a PERFECT SCENE STUDY with director Richard Sarell.  The effectiveness of The Rehearsal Room's powerful techniques will inspire you.  They have been clearly demonstrated in our recent stage production.  

Learn the secrets and understand the core elements that deliver compelling, entertaining and believable performances.  In a jam packed 3-hour session  hear fascinating acting theory and try exercises that make it plain how these techniques work.

ENROL NOW and Richard will SEND YOU THREE SCENES TO READ SO YOU CAN PREPARE TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE NIGHT.

Shane Porteous A Country Practice [Lead actor]

For an actor a scene must do more than further the plot - it must explore the relationship between the characters. Richard has a gift for making this process clear and simple. His direction gives me confidence to trust my own intuition, thus allowing the character room to breathe...


What will be covered in this course?

1) A clear understanding of acting theory

Gain the clearest understanding of acting theory.  A profound understanding of how and why a good performance works is the key to being able to prepare and deliver the perfect performance.  This brief session will start to clear away the common misconceptions that hold even the highly trained actor back.  

This exciting approach will re-invigorate your perspective on the importance of the actors role and the rich variety of options it explores will empower your choices. 

2) Techniques that are powerful for the stage actor and essential for the screen

These techniques are just as potent on stage as they are on screen.  They are universally relevant.

3) Understand your character's role in the scene

Understanding your character's role in the story is the key to the choices you make.  The Rehearsal Room techniques proved a clear approach to making the best choices.

4) How to generate rich complexity and emotional clarity

Every actors goal is to generate a lifelike complexity in a performance.  The right emotional chord for a scene is also a major aspiration.  

5) Being clear about your role in the story

This is the Achilles Heel of most acting processes.  Understanding how story works is and how your role serves it is the single most important tool that makes an actor appeal to a director. This material will blow you away.

6) Try simple exercises

You will play with simple exercises that give you the chance to implement these techniques and see how they work.  Learning through experience is the key to acquiring workable knowledge quickly.  You will be amazed at how much you learn in 3 hours.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You are excited by the acting process but find it difficult to be consistently good
  • Making quick and confident decisions in auditions or in a rehearsal is challenging
  • Taking direction and finding new reasons to drive your choices is tricky
  • Have always been interested in acting but are not sure you can do it
  • Are not clear about how to find your characters place in the story
  • You want to learn about acting from a director

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • you will ‘act’ rather than listen and respond
  • vague intuitive choices will be the result rather than logical professional ones
  • inconsistent performance outcomes will happen regularly
  • ‘acting’ rather than being real and ‘inter-acting’ will often be the outcome
  • choices will be rigid rather than relaxed, flexible and professional

ABOUT RICHARD...

Over his twenty-five year directing career on such shows as Neighbours, Home and Away, Blue Heelers (and many more) Richard found that many actors didn’t actually listen. They acted listening to pre-planned choices they had intelligently worked out as a result of their preparation. That pathway plainly didn’t work – it was fake. Even actors who had emerged from the major teaching institutions often couldn’t listen for real.

As a result of trying to explain to actors a process that would correct these deficiencies a new approach to acting technique has emerged.  The outcome has been, amongst other things, a fabulously practical approach to scene study.

Richard believes this common sense and practical approach to this most basic of acting skills is unique to classes at The Rehearsal Room. It trains actors to make practical choices based on a professional understanding of the characters role in the overall story.

Understanding how a story works is the key to every creative choice that follows.


THIS COURSE -
Friday 26th  Oct 2018
in Castlemaine

From 6pm - 9pm learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile and to be a great listener. This SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP will be more practical than any process you have encountered before.
Great techniques for screen or stage.

Two actors, who had never experienced The Rehearsal Room Acting Process until they were cast in Shelagh Stephenson's "The Memory of Water", share their experience.  

Directed by Richard Sarell "The Memory of Water" opened at Chapel Off Chapel in November 2017.  This video has expanded explanations of these actor's views on these techniques.

Joshua Hodge gets gig on Wentworth
May 24

Another Step Forward

By Richard Sarell | News

“You have got the role,” are the words every actor wants to hear their agent say.  JOSHUA HODGE has just heard those words because he’s got a gig on “Wentworth”.

It is another step forward in expanding his experience and it also helps in building a professional network with Casting Directors and Directors.

Although an actor is always hoping for the BIG BREAK, for most it is a question of building a reputation one step at a time. Each gig is an opportunity to gain more experience and each class is the opportunity to build more skill. JOSHUA recently completed the Advanced Workshop (for experienced actors) where in 10 weeks he explored over 15 techniques to manage character and advance the drama of the story. Those skills are aimed at generating a performance that will standing out from the crowd in the audition room.  Well done, Josh!!

May 01

Hollywood Excitement

By Richard Sarell | News

Actor/Producer DARREN MORT and Lead Actor WESLEY FORKE were in Los Angeles last week to see their film “Degree of Separation” screened in the opening session of 17th Beverly Hills Film Festival. “It was very exciting for the film to be accepted into the festival but to then be scheduled to open the festival was a huge honour,” DARREN MORT said from LA. Seeing the distinctive image of the film’s poster adorning the festival’s foyer generated a real sense of how significant this achievement is.

“Degree of Separation” was directed by KYAHL ANDERSON and DALE MASTIN. It was written by PHILIP CLAASSEN. Congratulations to everyone concerned.

 

Three Success Stories
Apr 28

Three Success Stories

By Richard Sarell | News

Fiona Banks is a busy director. With recent credits on The Dr Blake Mysteries, House Husbands and Winners and Losers she regularly runs sessions for The Rehearsal Room’s MASTER CLASS actors. This week she told The Rehearsal Room how pleased she was with JESSICA STANLEY’S performance in the final episode of The Dr Blake Mysteries (Series 5). The series has not yet been scheduled but Fiona said, “Jessica is going to be very pleased with her work.” Fiona is excited about this performance. So is JESSICA.

Congratulations, JESSICA.

 

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
Actor WESLEY FORKE is achieving international recognition at film festivals for his outstanding performance in “Degree of Separation” as is KYAHL ANDERSON the director of this 14-minute film. It’s most recent review from the Stonefair Festival in Romania gives high praise to the film’s performances which is the story of Troy played by WESLEY. The Stonefair reviewer writes, “The delivery of the simple yet powerful message is substantially aided by the outstanding performances of all actors involved, and especially by Wesley Forke as Troy and Arta Mucaj as Virianna. The delivery of each line feels completely natural, while moments of silence and quiet contemplation are just as powerful insights into their personalities.” According to this Stonefair review these performances have achieved the perfect balance between relationship and circumstance to deliver the “raw power” of this story’s message.

 

“Degree of Separation” was produced by DARREN MORT.

 

MAKING A STRONG IMPRESSION
ELLMIR ASIPI has just completed his second term of classes at The Rehearsal Room and during the term shot his first professional gig in the ABC’s new kids show “Mustangs FC”.   ELLMIR is 16 and was originally booked for an 8-day shoot with a few lines on this new ABC show. His performance attracted attention because his part grew. By the end of the shoot he had been booked for a total of 20 days. That’s every actor’s dream … a promotion that occurs because the quality of your work is recognised.

He is plainly doing the job well. Congratulations, ELLMIR.

Apr 20

How To Get To Las Vegas

By Richard Sarell | News

Hard working actor/singer Anthony Sparkes played ‘Cec’ in 29 episodes of “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”.

That’s how he got invited to Las Vegas for “A Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Convention”. It simply was too good an opportunity to miss … so, he is on his way. He is expanding his itinerary and stopping by Los Angeles as well, of course.

Anthony has just completed the Advanced Workshop (for experienced actors) and no doubt will be thinking about joining a MASTER CLASS when he gets back. He is an actor on the move.