1. Anne of Green Gables could fit the bill quite nicely. I was in it in high school and the director even split the role of Anne between two actresses. A younger one in the first act and an older one for the second.

  2. Zombie Prom. Small cast, featured roles. The male lead is a literal zombie.

  3. You've gotten some great advice here and I'm not sure I can say it better. So I'm just going to say that it's terrible that you've been put in this position and your director is bad at their job.

  4. No guilt necessary. You did what was best for your physical AND mental health. I hope your show was fantastic.

  5. Now that I'm directing it's absolutely assembling a cast! I love doing it. I love performing too, but watching something I put together might be even better.

  6. I auditioned for the show Perfect Arrangement. When I saw the audition notice I was sitting on my sofa with the script for the show next to me in my 'to read' pile. The theater is a fairly prestigious community theater and I had never auditioned there before. I got the notice fairly late and the audition was three days later, so I had very little time to prepare. The process was great, it felt good, I was walking on air. I got a callback email that night. Went to callbacks the next day and they were fantastic. I didn't get it, but I never expected to. I was only slightly devastated. It's such a good role and I'll always be too old for it now. This was the rejection email which truly thrilled me.

  7. Now that I'm directing I've been sending the rejection emails myself. I write a standard one and then personalize each one. Also, I avoid callbacks at all costs. Lol.

  8. I feel this. I work 6:30am to 3:00 pm. Up by 5:15. I try to sneak a nap in, though I rarely actually sleep. How is your overall fitness? I find that when I can do a workout at least a couple days a week I'm less tired than when I skip the gym completely during rehearsals. It's tough at the beginning, but my energy level is always higher in the evening and I sleep a lot better.

  9. Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe by Eric Coble is great. We did it as a reading outdoors around Halloween a few years ago.

  10. I just finished playing Mr. Green! It's the best part in the show. When auditioning make big choices, be VERY scared of the thunder, be VERY clueless, and then be VERY smug at the end. Also, remember to change your body language to show your timidity. My director told me that's why I got it. I just was the character when I first read. Break a leg!

  11. I was in the exact situation you are describing a couple years ago. But I got cast. If the director wants you, they'll cast you. Two weeks at the beginning isn't so much. This past winter I directed a show and one of the actors was gone for the first week of rehearsals. We just worked around her. No big deal. It really depends on the director and the role. Also, being upfront about conflicts is already a plus for when I'm casting.

  12. Go to college. Get a theater degree. Learn how to design and build sets, light and sound design a show. It'll be worth it.

  13. I've done it for almost every show I've been in for the past 6 years. I just made cards for the cast of Clue using vintage Clue game cards. Do it. Everyone will love it.

  14. Theater isn't easy. Especially singing. Especially if you don't feel confident in your singing voice. The only cure for that is preparation. It sounds like you simply didn't prepare enough. I know you said you only worked on the song a little bit before showing the director, but did you know the lyrics before you got to that point? And it sounds like you didn't rehearse as much as even you think you should have after that. The director can tell. They likely don't feel confident that you'll get where you need to be and that is the problem. And it's your problem. You can only blame your lack of preparation after you learned the solo on yourself. In theater you truly have to take responsibility for yourself. Theater is a team sport, but you have to prepare as an individual as much as possible. You're young and have plenty of time to get there. Just work hard if you want it, and if it's not something your heart is in, there is no reason to pursue it.

  15. The podcast You're Wrong About did a two part episode about the newsboy strike of 1899. Check it out for the history and Sarah's infectious love of Newsies. It's great.

  16. I was in a production of Witness For The Prosecution and one night we had ten. Our cast outnumbered the audience. The theater held 250. Great cast, boring show.

  17. I was in a production of Witness For The Prosecution and one night we had ten. Our cast outnumbered the audience. The theater held 250. Great cast, boring show.

  18. I'm directing a community theater production of a non-musical version of Dracula this fall and have been wondering if I could cast a woman as Renfield. Now I might.

  19. Big risks. Even if it feels awkward or silly. Take chances and be as confident as possible. And read anything they ask you to read.

  20. As both an actor and a director I'd rather not have you in my show if you're not feeling it. And since it's before the first rehearsal I think it's ok to drop. Just be careful with what you say, don't say it's because you don't like the part. I'd definitely be non-specific or lie.

  21. Why lie? I don't think lying is ever a good policy as a professional. If you don't feel the part, give the director a chance to tell you why they cast you in it, they obviously saw something in you that fits the role. If you don't want to hear why they cast you, just say this wasn't the part you expected and you have reconsidered your acceptance of the role.

  22. You're not wrong about lying. You just have to be very careful. Even if the response from the director is negative and they aren't someone you'd want to work with again it can still bite you. Depending on where you are the theater scene can be small and people talk. You just really don't want to be the person that as perceived as "too good for" a role.

  23. Just go! Audition for anything that sparks your interest. And if you don't get cast, volunteer! Then keep auditioning. Break a leg!

  24. Very normal, especially at the beginning. Sometimes it makes more sense to rehearse that way if you have characters that are only in certain scenes or if you have a set that you are rehearsing on and it's difficult to change the set from one scene to another without a crew on hand.

  25. Oh okay, thanks so much for that insight! I’m good at memorizing but still have little freak outs about do it live, but the last time I did it it was really fun and thrilling. Also thank you so much for wishing me good luck !

  26. I have a lot of anxiety around memorization. It helps to record it and listen. And I've been in tons of shows and still get nervous when it comes time to perform. Most people do.

  27. You can't ever know, really. You just prepare as much as possible and when it's all over you think of seven things you meant to do or could have done, or an angle you never thought of.

  28. I don't worry about plotting emotions, I go beat by beat finding the character's motivation. If you understand what the charter wants the emotion will come.

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