Today’s Guest Blog post is by Christian Witmer, age 12
So you’ve landed the role.Once you’ve made it past the auditions and been cast, the preparations still aren’t over. There are some pre-rehearsal tips to ensure success at your first rehearsal.
- Get the script and or CD as quickly as possible. If you procrastinate getting your materials, then your performance level will only decrease.
- Once you get the script, memorize as many lines as you can. Remember to look at the lines before and after yours as well. Trust me when I say you don’t want to be looking over lines during tech-week, when you have to worry about costumes and blocking.
- If you’re in a musical, listen to the melodies and try to memorize lyrics. Vocal rehearsals will be much easier if you take this advice.
- When you practice reading, don’t just read the lines with no emotion. Practice your timing and emphasis. The director only gives you the shape of things; it’s up to the actor to make the character come alive.
- What you wear the first rehearsal can really impact your experience. Think about wearing something that’s comfortable, and won’t have to be adjusted much. Your footwear should also be flexible, and provide support, as many rehearsals focus on dance. Jazz and character shoes are two good choices. (This advice also holds true for auditions)
- Get to know your cast beforehand. It’s always helpful to go into a show knowing who you are working with.
- Familiarize yourself with the character. Even though you control the attitude of the character and decide which actions he/she should engage in on stage, the writer’s description often gives you a good starting place.
- Know your vocal range. Check to see if the music provided is too high. If so, talk to your vocal director as soon as possible to sort the situation out. You don’t want to ruin your voice.
- Learn how to apply makeup. It might sound a little early, but it’s one less thing to think about. Girls may already have this knowledge, but many guys need to learn. Everybody wears stage make-up. Also make sure to supply your own makeup, you don’t want to be asking somebody else for lipstick. Have some kind of storage system for all these tools. A binder with a makeup pouch and a few folders for different papers throughout the show is a great storage area.
- Have a bio and headshot ready if you have not already turned it in at auditions.
Christian is excited to be playing _____ in ______. This is his 18th production, and one of his favorites. Past roles include _____,____,_____,_____ and many more. He would like to thank his supportive family and friends.
Now you’re ready to get to the theatre and have a successful experience.
Christian is a 7th grade honor student in the gifted program in the Big Spring School District. He is a member of Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. His interest in music and theater emerged at the age of 5 when he began piano lessons. He has studied piano and voice with Daniel Dorty of Messiah College. In addition to piano and voice, he plays percussion instruments with his school band. He participated in the 2012-13 Pennsylvania Youth Honor Band. He also participates in his school’s chorus and performs with the exclusive choral group, Counterpoint. His other interests include musical creativity with his Ukulele, Science, reading, gaming, Broadway Theater, and Chemistry Camp.
Christian’s performance credits include:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (2 productions), and Humbug, the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, Jafar in Aladdin, Augustus Gloop (2 productions), in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Frederich, in The Sound of Music and Horton in Seussical. He has also served as emcee for both talent competitions and beauty pageants. He has performed at the Cumberland Valley School of Music, Bethany Village, weddings, Theater Follies, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, and various other venues.