Anonymous said: Is there something wrong with me because I don't like Les Miserables? I just personally don't like the music or plot it is very confusing.
Pretentious answer: There is something very wrong with you for not liking Les Miserables. It is the pinnacle of beauty, emotion, and brilliance in contemporary theatre! Victor Hugo would be rolling in his grave if he heard the blasphemy you are speaking against his masterpiece. How DARE you call yourself a thespian if you aren’t wholeheartedly in love with Les Mis? Remove yourself from my sight.
Real answer: nope! Different musicals speak to different people, and just because something is popular doesn’t mean you have to like it. The release of the film version really caused a surge in popularity which is probably why it seems like Les Mis is everywhere these days, but that will fade as time goes on. Enjoy the musicals you like and don’t worry if they’re not the same as what other people find important.
I agree. I’ve heard people sarcastically say that actors are just professional liars and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Unless you incorporate an element of truth or realism into a character, you won’t be able to connect with the audience or truly bring your role to life. Thanks for enjoying the blog!
Anonymous said: Hey! So I want some advice on callbacks. I went to my audition, did amazing, and wasn't too nervous. But when I got called back for one of the more important roles and suddenly I froze. I did badly, I was shy and not confident and ending up totally blowing it. I went from being the overdramatic girl to the wallflower who stuck to the back wall. The thing is, I am not affected at any other time, not opening night or the first rehearsal, just then. Any advice? Thanks!
Callbacks often mean more pressure, so it’s not surprising that you freeze up. It may sound weird but I think something that often helps is to befriend the other people who have been called back. Don’t view them as competition, think of them as performers you may be working with in the future. If you’re relaxed and having a good time with people who share your passion, you’ll be less likely to get nervous. Be supportive and cheer each other on! (Of course, some people at the callback may not want to get friendly with the competition, in which case just ignore them. Don’t let anyone ruin your mojo!)
Anonymous said: Ugh at my high school students are asking us if we could do Frozen as our spring musical next year and I just cringe so much when they always ask like yo the Broadway musical isnt even out yet and we wouldnt even do that musical anyways...
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people think you can just put anything on stage just because it has music in it haha so I feel you!
One of my facebook friends just shared one of the original PTKP images from a Broadway-themed facebook fan page… so weird to see my creation on my own news feed!
I just thought I’d write something here about the status of PTKP. We have been terrible at keeping up this blog due to school and work and other life commitments. We appreciate all of our followers and everyone who has been so supportive since we started this. Anyone who wants to can submit creations (the past few months have been filled with theatre news! Tony nominations are just around the corner!) but I doubt we will be updating this very much at all from this point forward. We will keep the page up for archival purposes but any new posts will be rare. We made this blog when we were freshmen in college and now we’re approaching the end of our junior year and we don’t have as much time to mess around on the internet anymore.
Again, thanks so much for all the follows, asks, likes, reblogs, and positive comments. It’s been a really fun few years and we hope you all continue to enjoy theatre (with just the right amount of pretentiousness :P)
Anonymous said: I was considering auditioning for a musical soon with "Edelweiss," but I'd like to know, is that too over done? If so, what songs should I consider? (I'm more of an alto, though I can do mezzo-soprano sometimes)
I personally don’t think that’s too overdone, it’s definitely a song that can show off one’s voice! I’d say go for it!
Anonymous said: Hi so I need some advice/help so I have this problem that happens at every audition I go to. Whenever I go to sing a song. I'm always fine until I actually go up on the stage by myself. Once I'm up there on stage I get so nervous and over think so many things that I speed up the tempo of the song so it is either too fast or to slow. I don't know what to do I try breathing before but Im not sure how to keep up with the temp during auditions, after that I'm fine. I just get so nervous.
That’s a common problem that may theatre kids have. I know when I audition I definitely psych myself out just before I go onstage and get very nervous, even if I was okay a few minutes before. I think something that can help is rehearsing your song a LOT (like, more than you think you need) so that you know the pacing by heart. If it’s second nature you’re less likely to deviate from the tempo. And if while you’re auditioning you feel yourself going way too fast or too slow, consciously tell yourself to correct it. If you’re too fast, going dramatically slower will usually fix it (since you’re never as slow as you feel you are). If all else fails, try incorporating a character into your song. If you tend to always go too slow, try singing it as an elderly person who is comically off-beat. Or if a song seems to go fast when you sing it, get into the character of a caffeine-addicted teen girl. This isn’t always the best move since most directors are usually looking for your vocal ability on its own, but sometimes adding your own flair will make you memorable.
Does anyone else have tips on this?
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^what I’ve been trying to explain to people for ages