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Actor’s/Artist’s Prayer

May 2nd, two weeks ago today, was the National Day of Prayer. Here in Ennis we gathered downtown for a community-wide prayer. One of our local pastors, who leads this prayer gathering every year, had asked various members of the community to pray over different...

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Is It Time?

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which was planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up; A time to weep,...

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Vlog: Think

Rebecca Perry, Director of "A Little Princess" opening April 26th, has a tip for young actors. https://youtu.be/gMcSM4dbMsw

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Vlog: Write What You Know

Although the exact circumstances may be different, write from moments and experiences that have moved you. https://youtu.be/VgXDqtj1hXk

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Tell Me A Story

I love telling people, when asked what we do: “we tell stories… on a stage.” Although there are people who don’t have personal experience with theatre, onstage or in an audience, everyone can relate to the telling of a story. The essence and power of a story can be...

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No Fear

Have you ever been way out of your comfort zone? I thought so. Me too. New things, new places, and sometimes new people, can jolt us into a very uncomfortable place. Deadlines can be rough. Risking a different direction… scary. Putting yourself “out there” creatively...

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Actors: Shine

Sometimes actors, who may be so convincing and brilliant in a role played on stage or film, may not be so comfortable in a situation where he or she might be making a speech or giving a talk - as his or her self. Do we find it easier to play a role of a character we...

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Vlog: Bringing Life To A Script

The main thing is not what the words say or don't say, but how you feel. People want to "see" how you and other actors feel. https://youtu.be/k2vvv9X_Ens    

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Actors: Look for the Love

This was the advice given to me by my favorite and long time acting teacher Cliff Osmond. So on Valentine’s day I will pass this wonderful insight along to all my actor friends: look for the love in the material that you are working on. Whether you are doing scene...

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Vlog: Actors in Costume

It's a great help to actors to get into costume as soon as possible. Even if the whole costume is not ready or acquired yet, get them into what they have and work through putting costumes together as rehearsals progress. ...

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Actor’s, Writer’s & Creator’s Overwhelm

We all experience those times in our lives when the busyness and responsibilities just want to overwhelm us. We each have our own story but we need the full engagement of our mind, will, and emotions for the important creative work. Yet there are often one hundred...

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Vlog: Actors in Small Theaters

You may not be acting in New York City, but wherever you are it is valuable work. Many actors on and off Broadway started in community and regional theater.

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Considering Accomplishments

I always get excited about the new year and like a kid that stretches to find one last gift under the Christmas tree, I feel the tingle of hope and joy for what the “wrapping” of the new year will uncover. I like to pray about what to focus on in the coming months....

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The Story That Began With “Yes!”

All over the world this week there are stagings of the Christmas nativity scene. Be it children merely standing in position, or actors bringing the story to life, from small stagings to extravaganzas with live animals, with music and without, the event that changed...

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Vlog: Movement

Nervous or excessive movement is not good in an audition or a performance. https://youtu.be/7OeGlO9Nez4

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Acting: A Family Affair

Over the last few years we have gained many eager and talented young actors into our talent pool. Part of that has been the incorporation of Phoenix Repertory Players into our schedule, which included some of our adult actors working with their company in the spring...

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Vlog: Depth In Set Design

Not only do you need a script with depth, and depth in direction and all performances, you need a set that speaks it from the moment your audience enters the performance space. Highs and lows, close up, mid range and farther back, heavy or...

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Acting: The Silent Moments

There are two types of silent moments that I want to consider - those on stage and those off stage. BOTH will make you a better actor (this can be translated to non artsy business as well). Let’s start with onstage. Less mature actors often do not take advantage of...

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Vlog: Focus

In film and video, the director just sets up the shot he wants his audience to see. On stage, focus or the audience's eye, must be manipulated with blocking (positioning) and movement. The audience must not be confused about where to look. You tell them where to look...

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Vlog: Projection

Always be mindful that your audience, that farthest row back, needs to hear you, even though your scene partner may be right next to you. https://youtu.be/3NrhghEbxYQ

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Thoughts On Agnes of God

Today I’m gonna talk about Agnes of God by John Peilmeier. I know it sounds like a “pro-mo”, but I might as well blog about it because I can’t quit thinking about it. For those of you who have seen it, I know you are probably still thinking about it too. See if any of...

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Vlog: Do Your Homework

In preparing for a role it is important to "do your homework", which includes making a history. Start with what is "given" in the script and then get creative from there. Make your choices specific, important, and extreme. https://youtu.be/CmCorSp92o4...

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Acting: Audition Tips

Auditions. Some actors don’t mind auditioning, some actors even enjoy auditions… yes, it’s true. But most actors don’t really like to audition and some, even some very good actors, hate auditions and suck at auditioning. So let’s face the facts… actors need to...

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Vlog: Lighting

Whether in an audition or performance, it is important to develop an instinct for finding the light and getting in it. https://youtu.be/bkfHRsQWdWU

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Generosity

In thinking about the five year anniversary of Theatre Rocks!, one of the most outstanding elements of this long Ennis season has been the generosity of so many of you. Often the first thought, and certainly fundamental to beginning any creative endeavor such as...

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Vlog: Importance

In any acting situation, but especially an audition, make your choices which influence your emotional levels VERY IMPORTANT.  https://youtu.be/GbjrP9YskNQ

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Vlog: Learn Your Lines

In any production, everyone has a very specific job to do. Focus on doing yours. More than anything else, that alone will bring appreciation and respect from all those with whom you work. ...

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Did you know you have a territory?

There is value in continuing and staying with that thing you love, that gift or skill you have. Resist the temptation of distraction. Over the course of time, value multiplies as you move forward, even small steps count. Recently I created an “About Us” page for our...

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Vlog: Mystery

Actors should take advantage of moments where they can create mystery or tension. Here is a tip on how to do that. https://youtu.be/HO5mZfXrTkU

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My Embarrassing Story of Rejection and How It Can Help You

Putting yourself out there creatively can be challenging. As an actor, you face lots of rejection. You can’t possibly be right for every part, and if you are auditioning, you are undoubtedly getting rejected. Of course this makes the times when you “get the part”...

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Origins of Creativity

There is this wild, passionate, and crazy immense story of creativity. The scope of this work is so vast and so incredible that even though an account of it has been recorded, people have struggled to wrap their minds around the process, the beauty, and the size of...

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I See You

Some of the things I feel very led to share on this blogging “assignment” are very personal and, just to be honest, it is way, way out of my comfort zone! I have actually written some posts and am kinda holding onto them ‘till I get braver. The great thing about...

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What Is Your “Daily”?

Artists. Those “right-brained,” emotionally in-touch (sometimes emotionally driven), innovative and creative people. They are so passionate for their art, and yet sometimes hindered in the ability to discipline that energy and organize “the work.” Yes, discipline and...

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Vlog: Creative Flow

Bill talks about writing and how he keeps a flow going from one session to the next. https://youtu.be/7C4K0nVukvY  

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12 Elements of a Culture that Fosters Creativity

I’ve thought a lot lately about the “culture” of organizations. I’ve only recently even used that terminology as I have read articles on this subject and heard it spoken of that way. Companies and business people are talking about the importance of their “culture” and...

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Do you need a Relaunch, Reset or Redesign?

 Fancy words for change. Some people take change better than others. We all know we need change at times. For many of us the resistance is real. A relaunch, redesign or reset of any kind can seem overwhelming and flat out….too much work. Too traumatic maybe. Those...

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Remembering Hollywood

We recently lost a good friend who was also one of our dear actors here at Theatre Rocks! He discovered his love and talent for acting relatively late in life, his late “40’s”— I would guess.. He was a perfect example of “it’s never too late” to try...

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