Saturday, December 24, 2011

Blog Watch for the week of Dec. 19, 2011

This weeks Blog Watch has a post from the blog "Unscripted" about self-empowerment, and from the "Stage Theatre Blog" over at The Guardian we have two: one is about using puppets in your plays and the other is about using child actors.

Ann Hu at Unscripted - A Blog for Actors writes words of self-empowerment over the holidays in the blog post: A Hollywood Holiday Moment...
On my way back to my car, I heard another actress, walking behind me, rehearsing the lines over and over again to herself. I could see that she was on the edge of tumbling down, like Alice, into an imaginary quagmire of her own thoughts over something she no longer had control over.

The Stage Theatre Blog over at The Guardian, based in the United Kingdom, has an article about why puppets are becoming used more and more in theatre: Puppet theatre: why it's anything but wooden
The power of the puppet is undoubtedly surging – and in many ways it's downright baffling. They're just prettily decorated wooden sticks, dammit; how can they bring a story to life?And yet, when they work well, puppet shows are often heartfelt, profoundly moving experiences.

Also from the Stage Theatre Blog is this article about casting young actors; Childs Play: In Praise Of Young Actors
When Tom Morris, artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, asked Melly Still to revive Coram Boy in Bristol, one of the first major decisions she made was to cast the children's parts with children. But could this really work? Melly knew she wasn't just dealing with characters who were children but with characters who were, as children, part of a deeper, darker scenario. What's more, they needed to be able to sing as well as act, and to take on board the adult issues in which the children were implicated. The casting choices, therefore, could be eyebrow-raising in a different way.


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