Your Stage History?

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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby Acaila » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:04 am

Totally agree with you, dying onstage is FUN :D
One of the reasons I was glad I got to do a decent amount of amateur Shakespeare as a teenager, especially because I often got shunted into male roles. Banquo and Laertes were both really fun to die as :D
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby The Bricklayer » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:55 am

Acaila wrote:Totally agree with you, dying onstage is FUN :D
One of the reasons I was glad I got to do a decent amount of amateur Shakespeare as a teenager, especially because I often got shunted into male roles. Banquo and Laertes were both really fun to die as :D

Amateure Shakespeare :) I did a Shakespeare summer camp for 4 years where we did staged readings of some of his plays. Best roles I've ever had even if the productions were quite sucky. I guess I can share my short, yet dark acting/on stage history.

Preschool/Kindergarten = Class productions of the Nativity story. I don't even remember what roles I had.

4th grade = some Sherlock Holmes type play. I was the narrator and a random cop. No one wanted to play the narrator so I took the role. I didn't know that I would have that many lines and be one of the few kids not double casted.

8th Grade = Mischief in the Magnolias... Me playing a Southern Belle? Never! Yet I did. The cast of six (yes my entire grade was that small) had one of the boys playing my mother. I've been trying to forget that atrocity.

Between 5-9th Grade comes the Shakespeare summer camp. I was the Soothsayer/Plebeian 3&5(or something) in Julis Caesar, Outlaw 1 and someone else who I can't remember but had a name without a number in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Duke Orsino and Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, and Leonato and one of the officers in Much Ado about Nothing.

There were also two Parish musical things that I was part of.

I have now moved to crew since my stage fright slaughters me every time I speak in front of people.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby Acaila » Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:08 am

Shakespeare is really good fun. I got asked to do a production of Taming of the Shrew recently but I'm really not interested in the production. The ones I did were all rehearsed readings or heavily abridged or whatever, so I'd love to do a big fancy production of Shakespeare one day.
I did Portia in Merchant of Venice, Viola in 12th Night, Laertes in Hamlet, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Banquo in Macbeth. Cleopatra is the best part ever. I did some little bits of Imogen in Cymbeline at uni too, but we didn't end up doing a full version of it, going for a restoration comedy instead.
I'd have liked to try Beatrice in Much Ado actually. Thinking back to how I played Portia, I think I could handle it in quite a fun way. And I'd do most anything to do Cleopatra again properly.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby brixhamlaura » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:44 am

I loved acting, then I went to drama school, had a terrible time and left. So I went to university and did film and TV production. Then while I was finishing that degree, I had a chance to be in a production of Les Mis, had the time of my life, and never looked back (and when I moved back to Brixham ended up getting a theatre company started with a friend, and now I act and direct, and have also trained as a drama teacher, while working my own way up in acting. :)

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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby LaserUnicornJedi » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:54 am

I was four the first time I performed onstage. It was a dance recital. I can't remember having stage fright at a dance recital. I've been in amateur musicals a few times. I was in Seussical, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Schoolhouse Rock live, Annie, and a review of songs from musicals my school has done. Which was the most fun show I was ever in.

I might audition for an ensemble or understudy role in next year's Broadway production of Les Mis, depending if I have time. I have my audition song ready, but I'm still not sure whether I would rather understudy for Cosette or Éponine.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby deHavilland » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:56 am

LaserUnicornJedi wrote:I might audition for an ensemble or understudy role in next year's Broadway production of Les Mis, depending if I have time. I have my audition song ready, but I'm still not sure whether I would rather understudy for Cosette or Éponine.


Ooh, best of luck with that. Are you Equity, then?
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby LaserUnicornJedi » Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:31 am

No, but I'm hoping to be offered an equity contract if I am cast.
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Postby deHavilland » Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:45 am

Double the luck for you then, they pretty much always ask that you bring your Equity card with you to the auditions, especially when it's for something as big as a CamMack production. Especially on Broadway. Giving out an Equity contract to someone once cast is an arduous process that costs production enough money that they rarely do it that way. Unless it's for a leading role for, say, a performer coming from another country. For ensemble it rarely works that way.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby LaserUnicornJedi » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:05 am

Does anyone know how I can get into the actors' equity after college? I'm hoping to attend AADA and start a theatre career when I graduate.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby Little Cozelma » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:50 pm

Ah... Well, when we lived in Germany, I attended some sort of how-do-you-call-that Drama school and we played Cats. I remember I was Gus, though I wanted to be (surprise!) Grisabella or Victoria. But in the end, I liked the role. I still remember the lyrics - most of them are pretty close to the English ones.
And when I was 8 I played various unimportand people in Le Petit Prince.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby FortressDoor » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:47 pm

Let us see

Secondary roles in Primary school plays (Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, Joseph in the nativity). At the tender age of 10 I moved to a school super serious in the dramatic fields and I continued my secondary role gig, playing Judas in the story of Jesus Christ and continuing to participate in plays and group dramas. I think the peak of my career was playing The Mayor in the Nightmare before Christmas.

It is worth noting that at the age of 12 (June 2010) I took up a job managing a band, despite having (and continuing to have) no musical abilities whatsoever. I would help them at school concerts and generally mange them in life.

Upon entering secondary school I took an interest in drama, and would confidently audition for group performances. However my stage career was declining, I played but a chorus boy in Alice in Wonderland, and then after that I did a couple more Summer/ Winter concerts where I would perform skits as part of my drama group.My last major performance was a camp man in a . I retired from Public theater performance in acting roles at the end of year 8, or at the age 13.

In year 9 I continued to do drama work in classes, however the appeal of the stage was waning. I was identified as gifted and Talented in Drama, which was funny as when I was invited to the first G+T meeting I already intended to drop Drama, so I saw no use in the meetings. I attended for a month or so before dropping out.

In March of 2012 I was offered a job pulling curtains for a show my band was in, and I guess you could say that was my last public theater performance. In July 2012 I ceased taking up Drama classes, and in September 2013 I quit my post as manager of the band.

However my passion for public presentation is still their, albeit in less rare forms. I would happily return to stage is my Drama department wasn't so obsessed with one or 2 people, and they were doing a show that interested me *cough Les Mis cough*

I also still sometimes give public assemblies/ presentations. I don't know whether that counts.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby enjolraslesunicorn » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:07 pm

Four performances plus a drama camp.

So far I've been a dude troll, a girl who doesn't understand grammar and is probably a total idiot, and chorus twice. Plus Snow White in Fairy Tale high school. That one was fun.

Oh and in Youth Fellowship we did a short play on the Good Samaritan. My Dad read the list backwards so since I wait until the end(if hes teaching) I got the traveler

who has to have a seizure

So yeah. Basically horrible luck with parts.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby Morgan » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:42 am

My primary school's Christmas plays tended to be...slightly odd versions of fairytales. I say this as introduction to explain the fact that I played a tax collector and a moon robot in Jack and the Beanstalk, and Ratman (alongside my sidekick Bobbin) in the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
In secondary school I didn't really perform in any of the school shows because we only ever did musicals and I can't sing, so I did backstage stuff for those. The 6th Form always did a silly show at Christmas taking the piss out of the teachers, and I played the villian (the librarian) in that in Year 13.
In youth theatre I had a bunch of little bit parts, but the only time I had a major role was when the person who was actually cast in it threw a tantrum and refused to do it so I stepped in (it was a part for one person which had been split so that someone who could actually learn and deliver lines could share it with the kid with the speech impediment and learning disability, and she refused to work with him). That one was really fun though (despite the part where I wasn't allowed to hang upside-down off the scaffolding even though it was in the script :cry: ).

At uni I joined the Light Entertainment Society, which is the least serious drama society around and so actually gives me parts \o/ I've also helped out with some of the producing and directing because no-one else wanted to do it, and most of my involvement in drama has always been based on being willing to do stuff rather than on actually being any good :lol:
Last year one of my friends I met through that let me help him out with lighting and sound on another show he was working on, and that was really fun, so I'm hoping to do more of that in the future (it seems like a good balance between the part where I want to be involved and the part where I am rubbish at actually being on stage :oops: )

I'm also in a band that does in-character shows, but there are nine of us and I'm the quietest, so I tend to end up getting skipped over when we're working out talking bits and mostly just stand in the background and play.
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby TheRandomPhangirl » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:49 am

Ohoh this should be interesting.
I vaguely remember singing Silent Night in an angel costume one Christmas when I was about four for my primary school's Christmas thing. Then I was an Inkeepers Wife when I was five, a Reindeer when I was six, a star when I was seven and then a chorus fr the rest of primary school. I was a Giants Wife in our school's first panto type thing and then was a Lina Lamont rip off in Shake Ripple and Roll, which was our summer show. Though I got a song written for me because the character's original was shite. :twisted:
Then I was a chav called Phil in DNA, which is the weirdest play I've ever done ever, then I was Act 2 Mole, a rabbit and a Weasel in this Wind in the Willows type thing. I really enjoyed doing that, even if the music was rubbish. Then last year at school I played about three different people in Our House, which was amusing. That show grew on me, I will say. I hated it at first, but at the end I was quite fond of it. Our leading lady was not the nicest of people. Also last year I was in a production if Lark Rise to Candleford for House Drama and played a g called Brown the Postman, which was hilarious because wwe all had to learn West Country accents and no one could do them at first. Out of school, I've been the Narrator in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Miss Trunchbull in a Matilda-esque thing and one of the main girls in a drama club thing.

Of course soon I'll be able to add Feuilly and Sid the Socialist to my list. :wink:
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Re: Your Stage History?

Postby SimonMHarding » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:06 pm

my stage career is history well for the moment!

my mum and dad ran a Youth Music group in St Albans and I grew up being Bugsy and Jupiter and Tony and Mutch and a brother.

I also joined a theatre youth group and was a second dragon, lord verisoft and drunk.

I then joined the big company and was hamlet and mozart to name drop a bit.

I also worked back stage designing, lighting, stage management (at which I was terrible)

I worked front of house a steward, bar man, programme sellar and box office.

I also did pantos at the St Albans Arena (or City Hall as it was then) and was honoured to work with the Cairoli family for a few years.

I ran a musical theatre company WITH A BUNCH OF FRIENDS DOING STUFF LIKE iNTO THE wOODS, slICE OF sATURDAY nIGHT, The Wiz, Snoopy, Godspell etc

and then I had kids and they are a better audience (or maybe they are just more understanding of my performances!


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