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Nov. 2016 Newsletter  |  Number 139
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Final 2016 Classes

Monologue Magic - 11/9
Crack That Copy - 11/10
Styles - 11/12-13
Small Group Workout - 11/15
Nailing The Audition - 11/17 
​​​​​​​Character Intensive - 11/18-20, 12/2-3
Home Recording: Audacity - 11/21
Mastering #Social Media - 11/22
Home Recording: Studio - 11/29
Spontaneity - 12/4-11
Small Group Workout - 12/7
Long Form Narration - 12/10-17
INTRO: Starting Out - 12/18

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Choosing a Monologue

At some stage in your career, you'll be asked to perform a monologue. Here are some basic rules for finding a really great one that's suited for you.

First, find a character that is close to your age. If you are a 25-year-old man, King Lear is probably not the part for you. If you are fairly new to acting, don't even think about doing Shakespeare or anything else written before 1900. Why make it difficult? The monologue should be between one and two minutes. If you find a great piece that's longer than two minutes, edit it.

Whether dramatic or comedic, it's vital that you choose a piece that you really like. You're going to be saying these lines hundreds of times. Find something that shows your range. Don't limit yourself to one note - explore a variety of emotions and directions.

If possible, avoid choosing a monologue from a monologue book. They are often over used. Read tons of plays. Watch obscure movies. Choose a piece that you
are familiar with and can relate to. Knowing the context of the monologue is critical to creating a full rich, believable character. 

Refrain from foul language. While you shouldn't censor yourself as an artist, excess profanity and controversial content can be off putting. A couple of bad words may be fine in some situations, but it's always safer to err on the side of caution. Then, practice, practice, practice.

If you'd like to work on your monologue before the Nailing The Audition class with Mary Tonry on Nov. 17th, joins us for Monologue Magic on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Sunday Drop-In Improv
Nov. 13 - Improv Games & Scenes.
While everyone can have fun with improv, it's especially recommended for performers. For the actor, improv can expand your range, keep you loose, help manage any performance anxiety and keep you ready to take best advantage of unexpected opportunities

Nov. 20 - Improv & Networking ​​​​​​​
Improv is about staying present and following the 'offers' of other people - which all contribute to creating rapport as well as more memorable conversations.  Finding ways to relax so that all our skills can come through; remembering to connect with others. Let's play with using improv to network with contacts in your career - in both your "day job" as well as your career in the wide world of performance. Network - one good/great conversation at a time. 

​​$15 cash at the door.

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