Friday, January 27, 2012

Theatre Notes Blog Watch for the week of Jan. 23, 2012

This week I did not see much that would be of interest for actors, but here are four items that could be of help to theatre companies.  Among the posts today are: Curtain Speaches, audition advise for theaters, how a theatre can keep people talking after the show is over and the question of Why Don't Theatres Talk to Each Other?

The Butts In The Seats blog always gives us great things to ponder.  This time it's Curtain Speeches.

A lot of work is invested in performances and performance venues have many guidelines for the behavior of the front of house staff in order to provide a good attendance experience for audiences. But often very little effort has gone into the preparation and delivery of the curtain speech. Given that the attention of everyone is on the speaker at the same moment, it is most assuredly contributes to the experience.

Collin Fisher at Backstage Unscripted gives audtion advice but not for actors, for those behind the table holding the auditions.
Countless pages, both print and digital, have been dedicated to advice for actors on their auditions.  I'd like to take a moment to reverse roles here and give some pointers to those holding auditions.  I've been in a few rooms lately where it was clear I'd been to many more auditions than the people watching me, and they could have benefited from this advice.

Eric Ziegenhagen at 2amTheatre writes about what can be done to start the conversation about the performing arts after the show is over.
When a theater is only open to the public for 15 minutes before and after a performance—and is otherwise closed and locked, with the public let in and, if necessary, kicked out—the question arises of how to make the performing arts a conversation, a participatory activity more articulated than active listening.

The Theatre Blog over in the UK at The Guardian asks the question: Why Dont Theatres Talk To Each Other?
There's much talk of collaboration in theatre at the moment, but how far does it really extend? We've already seen the National helping regional houses unlock philanthropic donations, but are there other areas where theatres could do little things to help each other?


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