Local theaters are definitely in trouble. We will do our best to help those in need. Be on the look out for more events online in the coming future. (more…)
If you’re a theater lover, there are many opportunities for you to not just take in a local show, but maybe even star in one yourself. Whether you’re an experienced actor, haven’t been on the stage since your school days, or it’s just something you’ve wanted to try out but never have, acting in a show can be an amazing experience. Luckily, many local groups have open casting calls that allow you to audition and perhaps get a role. Knowing when these events are happening can be tricky if you’ve never tried to find this out before.
Local newspapers and fliers will more than likely be the main way that local production companies let the community know about open casting calls. For example, if a community stage group has a casting call coming up, you can find out about it in local publications—usually in the arts or community sections.
You might even find posters or ads up in highly frequented areas, like libraries, community centers, grocery stores, and other shops. The bottom line is that if you’re looking to act in a play, you need to keep your eyes open so that you have a better idea of what is going on in your community and when.
Your local theater groups probably have an online presence. It is the 21st century, after all! They might have their own website with news updates on it, but if not, they more than likely use Facebook to communicate with members and fans. Whatever method of online communication that your local theater groups use, they will more than likely update their online platform first. If possible, signup for alerts, too. This way, you can be the first to know whenever changes are made.
Local groups might even have a mailing list that you can signup for. So, if the company is currently in the middle of a show, this way you can get the updates not just on future casting calls, but whatever else might be happening behind the scenes, too.
Finally, if you are unsure of when the next casting calls are occurring after trying out all of the above methods, start asking around. If you’re a theater fan, you probably have friends who are theater fans, too. Ask them if they have this information. If they don’t, escalate it the next level. Go onto the websites or Facebook pages and look for the contact information of those in leadership positions. Send out a message or an email and ask. It might take a few days for them to get back to you, especially if it is a busy time of the year for them. However, when all else fails, this becomes your last choice.
Taking part in a play and being up on the stage is one of those thrills that can never be replicated any other way. You don’t need to be a professional actor to get up on the stage, and you don’t even need to have experience. Odds are, there are plenty of opportunities in your community for a beginning actor, and the local stage is one of the best ways to get your toes wet as a thespian.
Well, that’s a question that is going to be more accurately answered by looking at your individual community, but there are some general trends that we can point to that are true of many communities across the country. For example, thanks to Hamilton, innovative takes on historical themes are very popular right now. That means that classics with a historical leaning like Les Miserables and Miss Saigon are seeing a resurgence in popularity.
It would be unfair to not mention that Hamilton is also influencing a lot of playwrights at the moment. The catch rap music that is at the core of Hamilton has given many local writers a lot of inspiration, so do not be surprised if you see this type of music making its way into other genres of musical at the local level. Some of these will be surprisingly good and groundbreaking, while other productions might fail. However, the influence of that play cannot be understated, so this is a trend that is likely to continue into the 2018 calendar year.
Disney productions are also in right now. A lot of local organizations have announced their renditions of Disney tales for the 2018 season, and there’s no surprise here, either. The resurgence of the Disney label ever since Frozen came out in the theaters has been huge, and since this has been a part of the theater for ages, it’s only natural that the local theater reflects what’s going on in culture. Classics like Pinocchio, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and even Newsies are all affiliated with Disney, and all are gaining popularity at the local level. And, of course, there are the Broadway shows Aladdin and The Lion King that are still quite popular. While we might not see those ones at the local level yet, they are only a few years away from happening.
Speaking of social trends, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention plays like Dear Evan Hansen. This is a musical about bullying, suicide, and trying to fit in with your peers. This has been something that’s been in the news a lot, unfortunately, and it was only a matter of time before it was addressed in an artful and tasteful manner on Broadway. Yes, this is a tough play for some to watch, but it has important themes. Local theaters won’t be tackling this play yet as it is still fairly new on Broadway, but variations of this theme might be making their way to your neighborhood. This is an important issue to be addressed, and Broadway might be a leader in the theater business, but this is not the only place where tough topics can be discussed.
And finally, don’t forget about the classics. They are classics for a reason, after all. Whether it’s the musical or the dramatic variety, certain titles just never go out of style. The Pajama Game, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, and more are certain to never fade away, and local theater carries the torch for these all the time. They are great shows and the local theater always provides a unique take on them.