By: Britney Duval
Let’s be honest, when it comes to auditions for most it can basically be an anxiety attack waiting to happen. You never know what the director wants and thinking too much about it can drive a person mad, but with a little guidance and hope this might make things a little easier.
At Murrow the process isn’t any easier, 250 kids tried out for this year’s musical “Into the Woods” and only 34 got cast. But regardless of that, director and theater teachers Mr. Donald Tuel and Ms. Roberta Raymond have some tips to make the process go a little smoother.
One tip from Mr.Tuel everyone probably knows is practice! What you probably don’t know is as far as acting goes he says practice can also be the death of you. Yes indeed there is a thing such as over practicing.
Mr. Donald Tuel said that sometimes it makes them unable to take direction.
“They practice so much they’re stuck in the way they believe it should be done,” said Mr. Tuel. “They’re now incapable of taking my directions.”
But that’s not the only important tip. Ms. Raymond, the Theater /Dance teacher and director of this year’s play “A View From Under the Bridge”, suggest students should choose their monologue wisely.
“Students should chose monologues that are within their skill set and age appropriate,” she said.
Mr.Tuel also suggests students simply relax and be proud of their work.
“At the end of an audition you should get something out of it,” he said. “You should feel accomplished. It’s not easy to put yourself out there and be vulnerable. I’m empathetic to people.”
Another tip Ms. Raymond tells her junior theater majors is to come prepared and take classes.
“A person has to put the acting work into their audition, you can’t just come in without being trained or putting in the practice,” Ms. Raymond said. “I know a woman who just came from the American Embassy, on the day of an audition she’s up by 7 am and by 11 am she has already taken a two-hour dance class and a singing lesson.”
You don’t have to leave Murrow to put Ms. Raymond’s advice into action. Junior Lylia Khazoula said the advice is excellent and takes a three-hour dance class most days with Ms. Raymond and then a theater class with Mr. Tuel.
“I take 7:10 dance then A-band dance followed by B-band physical movement and finally theater with Mr.Tuel,” she said.
Shamar Calloway, a junior in the theater program, said he thinks it’s most important to just warm up and mentally prepare himself.
“I warm up and think self-reassuring thoughts to keep myself positive when going into it,” Calloway says.