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Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Running List: What It Is and Why You Need It by Kerry Hishon

An organized backstage is a calm backstage, and a running list can help keep things running smoothly during a production. What is a running list? It’s a scene-by-scene breakdown of scene c…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tips & Tricks for a Less Stressed Tech Week by Kerry Hishon

Tech week…the phrase alone can send shivers down the spine of the most calm and unflappable theatre professionals. Tech week has the reputation of being long and taxing. But it doesn’t h…

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Backstage Blues: How to Deal With a Messy Cast by Kerry Hishon

Cleaning up anybody else’s mess is no fun. Cleaning up a messy backstage after a show is especially disheartening – it takes away any good feelings that were cultivated during a good per…

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Using One Item to Show Character by Kerry Hishon

Sometimes we get caught up in all the bells and whistles of a theatrical production. Sumptuous sets, elaborate costumes, piles of props, mountains of furniture – they’re all wonderful, b…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

How Costumes Affect Your Character by Kerry Hishon

Costumes are such a fabulous part of theatre – they help tell the story, they help actors get into character, and they immediately tell the audience something about what’s going on. For …

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

5 Props Challenges and How to Overcome Them by Kerry Hishon

Props can add so much to a production, but they can also be challenging to work with. Here are five common props challenges, rapid-fire style, with suggestions about how to deal with them! 1…

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Rehearsing in Layers by Kerry Hishon

Creating a theatrical piece is a bit like baking a cake – choose your recipe (the show), add ingredients (cast and crew), stir together and bake (practice and rehearse). At the end, you’…

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Curtain Call… Already?! by Kerry Hishon

A colleague of mine once told me that he always waits until the technical or dress rehearsal to choreograph the curtain call. His reasoning was that the curtain call should be the absolute l…

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

All About Transitions: 5 Tips for Success by Kerry Hishon

In theatre, a transition refers to the process of moving from one scene or set to the next. It seems simple enough–grab “all the stuff” at the end of one scene and take it offstage, wh…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

How to Recruit Crew Members by Kerry Hishon

It takes a community to create a great production, and theatrical performances would not exist without the time, skills, and talents of dedicated crew members. From costumes and props to sou…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Keeping Up Morale (or, Dealing With “Rehearsal Blahs”) by Kerry Hishon

There comes a point in every rehearsal process when the dreaded “rehearsal blahs” start to set in. This tends to be mid-way through the rehearsal process, when the initial excitement of …

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

The “What If” Game by Kerry Hishon

Last semester, one of my classes consisted of a group of students who had little theatrical experience. Most of these particular students had never performed onstage before. They were eager …

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Round-Up: 5 Rehearsal Problems… and Solutions! by Kerry Hishon

From Kingston to California, drama teachers everywhere deal with similar concerns with their drama students and their theatrical productions. Here are five common rehearsal problems, rapid-f…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Working With Stage Blood by Kerry Hishon

From Shakespearean tragedies to zombie thrillers, stage blood can be an exciting addition to a show–it adds a sinister realism to dramatic moments, and really makes the audience gasp with …

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Approaching Stage Kisses by Kerry Hishon

Ah, love. So many wonderful theatrical pieces are inspired by love. Yet pretending to be in love onstage, in front of friends, family members, and peers, can be one of the most challenging a…

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

When an Actor Leaves: How to Deal with Losing an Actor by Kerry Hishon

It’s a situation that directors hope never to have to face, but unfortunately it happens: an actor, for whatever reason, has to drop out of the show at some point during the rehearsal proc…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Five Tips for Dealing with Scheduling Policies & Conflicts, For Directors by Kerry Hishon

Recently we shared a post about theatrical time management for students. However, it’s not just students who need to plan ahead and consider their schedules. Teachers and directors need to…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Rehearsal Mid-way Blues: Feeling Stuck? Go Back to the Basics by Kerry Hishon

If you were to make a graph of emotions throughout a rehearsal process of a show, I think it would take on a U-shape. The process starts on a high note, with everyone excited about the show …

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

You Want Me to Do WHAT Onstage? by Kerry Hishon

Students, imagine this: You’ve been cast into a show that you know is going to be awesome. You’re in the middle of rehearsal, and your director has just asked you to do something really…

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Rehearsals You Need to Include in Your Schedule (That You May Not Have Thought Of) by Kerry Hishon

Creating a rehearsal schedule is one of the most challenging parts of producing a show, but it makes theatrical life so much easier. Teachers and directors: When making your rehearsal schedu…

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Theatrical Time Management for Students by Kerry Hishon

Students are busy people. Drama students are no exception! They’re constantly juggling rehearsals, learning lines, working backstage, preparing for auditions, performing in shows (often al…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Getting Excited: How to Get “Buy-in” at Your First Rehearsal by Kerry Hishon

When selecting a show for your school to produce, you want to choose a show that is fun, appeals to your students, challenges them, and helps them grow as performers and technicians. But cho…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

The First Rehearsal Read-Through: Yay or Nay? by Kerry Hishon

When working on a production with students, one of the first rehearsals (if not the very first rehearsal) is often dedicated to a full read-through of the script. This generally consists of …

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Three “Get to Know You” Games by Kerry Hishon

One of the most common activities that occurs during a first drama class or rehearsal is some form of a “Get to Know You” game. Starting with games is not just a nice break for students …

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Monday, April 24, 2017

How to Deal: Not Getting the Part You Wanted by Kerry Hishon

Teachers: Not getting the part you want can be devastating! If you have a student who is unhappy with their casting result, here is a frank and honest list that you can share with your stude…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Theatre Etiquette 101 by Kerry Hishon

When teaching students who are brand-new to theatre, it’s important to discuss and apply the expectations of the drama classroom, and the theatrical world. We chatted with Kerry Hishon on …

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Pros and Cons of Double-Casting by Kerry Hishon

In theatrical terms, double-casting is when two actors are both cast in the same role, and take turns playing the role during alternating performances. It is different than casting an unders…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Casting Challenge: Not Enough Actors! by Kerry Hishon

Our next casting challenge is the exact opposite of our last post. What happens when you have fewer actors than named parts in the script? This can be a great acting challenge for students, …

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Casting Challenge: Too Many Actors! by Kerry Hishon

Having a large number of students auditioning for your school show can be a good problem to have: You have more actors to choose from. A bigger group means more potential learning opportunit…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Pros & Cons of Callbacks by Kerry Hishon

Imagine this: You’ve just completed your audition for the school production. You’re feeling really confident and happy with your performance. You can’t wait to find out who is going to…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Auditions Exercise Part 2: Mock Auditions by Kerry Hishon

The following is Part Two of our Mock Audition Exercise, which allows students to practice preparing for and presenting an audition in a safe environment. Click here to read Part One.  Outs…

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