A day in the sun…

A day in the sun…

So here’s something really cool that happened.                   Everyone’s sitting out and enjoying the sun and each others company! I love a good cookout every once in a while, but there’s nothing quite like a theatre cookout. We had a matinee performance last Sunday, and I thought, … Read more

So here’s something really cool that happened.

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Everyone’s sitting out and enjoying the sun and each others company!

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I love a good cookout every once in a while, but there’s nothing quite like a theatre cookout.

We had a matinee performance last Sunday, and I thought, why not have a cookout after the musical? The show would end around 4:30 p.m., and we could have a 5 p.m. cook out.

It was so much FUN! I really appreciate all the help I got from Rudy and Kevin. They’re really supportive of all the social and theatre endeavors of the theatre club.

We took up a cemented grilling area in the courtyard of the Union Townhouses and pretty much just enjoyed one of the first warm days of April.

We flew some kites, played tag and ate lots of food. It was a pot luck, so there was plenty to go around. We even got to hear Jacob Ward’s monologue from a play he’s in right now.

I appreciate that there aren’t just clubs at Mount Union. These aren’t organizations occupied by people who don’t see each other outside of their meetings. You find real friends here, and I’m always happy to hang out with them.

It was a great day with great people and great food, at a great place.

 

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Some of our Alpha Psi members (Nicolina Nolletti, Jacob Ward, Rosie Tabaj)

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Playing tag!

How to audition

The auditions for the spring musical are in a few days! To warm us all up and to give the auditioners an idea of what to expect, Mount Union’s Department of Theatre hosted a master class on how to audition. It was a really cool event. We had a woman there, Lindsey, who Kevin Kern met … Read more

The auditions for the spring musical are in a few days! To warm us all up and to give the auditioners an idea of what to expect, Mount Union’s Department of Theatre hosted a master class on how to audition.

It was a really cool event. We had a woman there, Lindsey, who Kevin Kern met during a summer show. She demonstrated a song and a monologue and went through the motions of auditioning.

Here’s what we learned:

1. Treat your accompanist with respect. Accompanists, for whatever reason, get a certain amount of disrespect in some vocal settings. That’s not cool, ever.

2. Dress appropriately. You should look more like you’re ready for a job interview than having just come straight from the gym.

3. Walk in with confidence. If a director sees a confident person walk across the stage, he knows that’s someone he can trust with a part.

4. Introduce yourself. There is no need to introduce the piece you’ll perform. The director will likely figure it out.

5. Act the song you sing! A director isn’t only looking for vocal talent; he/she wants to know you can act!

6. Avoid character voices. The director wants to hear YOUR voice.

7. Try to avoid picking Sondheim and other difficult pieces. If the accompanist messes up, you look bad. Always.

8. Never say, “Oh I have a cold.” All it sounds like is excuses, excuses, excuses.  A director will be able to tell if you were sick recently.

9. Politely say thank you at the end of your audition and leave as confidently as you entered.

That’s how to audition!

Company’s coming!

Every other year, Mount Union’s Department of Theatre puts on a musical in the spring. The fall typically consists of two smaller-cast shows, and the spring features a huge show. They do plays and musicals every other year. My theory is so they can feature both actors and singers each spring. The musical in the spring … Read more

Every other year, Mount Union’s Department of Theatre puts on a musical in the spring.

The fall typically consists of two smaller-cast shows, and the spring features a huge show. They do plays and musicals every other year. My theory is so they can feature both actors and singers each spring.

The musical in the spring will be Company by Steven Sondheim.

First of all, holy crap Steven Sondheim. He is literally in his own category for musicals. If you look at musical theatre grad schools, they say to be prepared for modern musicals, 20s musicals, rock, Latin etc., …. and Sondheim.

The music is difficult and powerful. The rhythms are hard and the text is harder. A Sondheim show requires the best pool of talent a school can provide.

So this is going to be awesome.

Not to mention we have a new director, Kevin Kern. He, and the actors in the show, did a FANTASTIC job with Servant of Two Masters this fall, so I can’t wait to see what he does with Company.

We’re also having an audition master class when we come back from Christmas Break. We’re going to learn from people who audition all the time so we can put our best foot forward come audition time. Go Kevin!

We have such amazing actors and actresses here at Mount Union, and we have some phenomenal singers. This is going to be huge.

Keep the first two weekends in April clear on your calendar!