Archive for May, 2016

The Comparison Trap

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on May 30, 2016 by RobALott

“These dancers are just as good as anything you’d see on Broadway!”

“The sets and costumes were Broadway quality!”

For me, when someone reviews an amateur production in this way, they have almost an immediate loss of credibility. 

One, amateur shows are never all that good. 

Two, Broadway Shows aren’t always all that good. 

Can we all agree to stop comparing amateur productions to Broadway Shows? 

Saying Vs. Playing

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on May 23, 2016 by RobALott

There’s a big difference between saying the line and playing the line. 

Just saying the line gets you nothing. It’s useless to you and to your fellow actors. 

Know your character. Know what they want—their history, their future hopes and dreams—and play the line for this. 

It’s never the line itself that gets the audience response, but rather the intent behind it. 

This seems simple and obvious, I know. And maybe the idea is, but its execution is big and difficult, but so important and so helpful to you, your scene partners, and your audience. 

Make the Understudies Look Great

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on May 16, 2016 by RobALott

Sell success to the audience of a cast that doesn’t get to perform together regularly. 

Very often the full-time and contracted cast finds rhythms, bits, moments, and beats that work for them but are hard to recreate with someone new who will only be in tonight. 

Don’t show the understudy how you think it’s supposed to go, or expect them to be up to speed on the moment you and your counterpart have created over the last few weeks. 

Instead, be kind – rewind. Go back to the original script and score and do the show your understudy is expecting you to do.

Always. Always! ALWAYS! (or at least whenever at all possible):

Posted in A Note to Directors, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on May 9, 2016 by RobALott

Always. Always! ALWAYS! (or at least whenever at all possible): 
Rehearse it. 

Say it out loud. Walk it through. Run it in real time. 

Rehearse it. 

Run it. 

Do these things before you perform it. 

(It’ll be ok if you don’t. It’s always ok. But don’t be disappointed with the outcome when it doesn’t go as planned.)

Change Is Not The Problem

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on May 2, 2016 by RobALott

With all change comes loss. 
Loss of time. 

Loss of control. 

Loss of power. 

Loss of options. 

Loss of consistency. 

Loss of relationship. 

Change is never the problem. It’s the loss that comes with change that most of us don’t like.