Actress in the rough.
The profession of acting has been maligned throughout the ages. The actor has been considered foolish not only when he was clowning on stage but even for having chosen to be an actor - a vagabond or hobo strolling through life without importance or worth. He has been denied burial ground and has been accused of prostitution and other varieties of immorality, egomania, vanity, ruthlessness, hypocrisy, toadyism, to name a few. Even when his gifts were recognized as extraordinary, his talent was looked upon as an accident of nature. When the public turned him into an idol, they treated him like some rare species behind bars. They poked into his private life and examined every detail of it with the audacity and curiosity they might have exhibited while watching monkeys at their most intimate moments in the zoo.
Interesting! Be prepared to step in when someone else turns down the role of a lifetime!
Finally getting around to this review.
I saw All Creatures, Great and Small in Windsor, UK back in late May. The friend I was staying with knew the lead actor (Oliver Mellor - Doctor Who), so he got a pair of tickets for Kaitlyn and me.
After spending the day in Windsor with Kaitlyn, shopping, having afternoon tea, picnicking on The Long Walk, and drinking in the pub, we went to the show.
We had phenomenal seats. about 7th row Orchestra, middle. We were there on the last night of the run, so the audience was filled with the casts’ family and friends. To me, that is one of the best times to go to the theater. There is so much love in the room, and it’s infectious.
The show was great. Oliver’s performance was believable and entertaining. A few of the actors had to play multiple roles, and they were all amazing at making each character different and believable.
The play itself is a sweet story. More of a tear-jerker than an uproarious comedy, though there was plenty of laughter.
I recommend this play to anyone who enjoys being transported for two hours from their own life, into someone else’s.
As an actor, we can feel like the casting director with us in the audition room hates us. They are giving a flat reading, not looking up, or not talking at all with a scowl on their face.
The Casting Director is a person, too. Maybe they are having a bad day. Maybe they just got a call that said they have to choose someone TODAY, and they don’t have time for call backs.
It’s a stressful job. Do your part to make it less stressful, and be the actor they need.
Things you may not have thought about!
#16 had me rolling.
Good things to keep in mind if you are just starting out.
Plus, I always love when articles back up my training advice. Take a look at #3