Archive for June, 2018

The Trick Of Magic

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on June 25, 2018 by RobALott

The trick of a good magic trick is not a trick at all, but rather the result of study, practice, rehearsal, and perfecting the gimmick in a way that goes unnoticed. Once one has seen how the trick is accomplished, the illusion loses its luster.

Actually, this is true of all performance. The hard part—the study, the practice, the rehearsal, the perfecting, the part that makes the entertaining impressive—should go unnoticed.

Once we’ve learned and perfected how it’s done, it should be easy. But to our audience, it should be magic.

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Change

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on June 18, 2018 by RobALott

People don’t mind change as much as we think they do.

It’s the loss associated with change that gets people upset.

Loss of time.

Loss of space.

Loss of control.

Loss of energy.

Loss of relationship.

If we can point to what is gained due to the change as opposed to what’s lost, it won’t necessarily make the change easier, but it just might make it less painful and not last as long.

(If you can’t find or point to the good resulting from the change, beware. The change might just be change and may not be progress.)

For the Rest of Us…

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on June 11, 2018 by RobALott

Only one person gets to originate a role.

For the rest of us, it will always be of more value to seek out and experience another’s take on a shared role than to avoid it.

There’s intrinsic value in watching someone else do what you do—in seeing what other options and intents are available—in keeping a running list of ideas you’d like to use and make your own, as well as bits you want to make sure never to do.

To dig in one’s feet and to bury one’s head and say: “I don’t want to be influenced by anyone else’s performance. My show is my show and my show alone.” Well, to me, this way of thinking is not actually artistic. It’s misguided and unwise.

To Improve Or To Maintain?

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on June 4, 2018 by RobALott

Were you hired to improve or maintain the situation?

Likewise,

Are you hiring to improve or maintain the situation?

Clarifying the answers to these questions will forego a great deal of confusion and frustration.