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Is Stage Fright a Good or Bad Thing?

Is Stage Fright a good or bad thing? Being nervous backstage before a performance of any kind isn’t unusual. A lot of people face some sort of anxiety whether they are ‘seasoned pro’s’ or relatively new to the performance game.  … Continue reading

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Do you struggle when it comes to choosing your next production?

Every musical theatre group or society faces a challenge when it comes to picking their next production. So how do you choose?

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“It’s not very comfortable but it looks amazing!”

“It’s not very comfortable but it looks amazing!” Well, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration but as I step backstage to work with some lovely costume ladies once again, it reminds me what unsung heroes the wardrobe department often … Continue reading

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Is it worth the ticket price?

Is it worth the ticket price? So many people have commented to me recently about the price of tickets to see both local amateur productions and professional or west end shows. They often comment with the statement “How can they … Continue reading

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Bums on Seats – The Eternal Challenge!

Bums on Seats – The Eternal Challenge! These days it’s ALL about ticket sales and the headache of promoting and advertising a play or musical can be a complete nightmare.  We all need to sell tickets to continue to put … Continue reading

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Have you been to the Dark Side, where the Magic Happens?

The dark side is the home of backstage magic. The universe of the Stage Manager, who leads the special, invisible people to make scene changes happen and allow the production to run smoothly. If all the world’s a Stage, then … Continue reading

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“A good Director creates an environment which gives the actor the encouragement to fly”

I am often asked – so what exactly DO you do as the Director? Well……. The Director is the person responsible for the overall creative vision for the show and for translating that to the cast.  To do this they … Continue reading

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What makes a great Pantomime?

It’s nearly panto season – oh yes it is! We all love a good pantomime and I usually end up seeing so many each year from local groups to professional theatre productions. So what makes a good panto? There are … Continue reading

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So the auditions are over and the cast list is published…..

Let’s consider what happens if you didn’t get the part you went for.  Naturally, you are devastated – you gave it everything and you still didn’t get the part. How dare they! However, you have to bear in mind – … Continue reading

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Auditions – Do you have the x factor or suffer the fear factor?

  Anyone who loves performing on stage knows before you can enjoy all that applause and adoration for your onstage performance – you need to get the part and that means Auditions!  For most of us, these can be more … Continue reading

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