Post # 1
I was just cast in a musical as an extra and I’m super excited! I LOVE this show and I’m so ready to pour my work and dedication into it.
I was a little caught off guard when I went to auditions because there was only a singing and dancing portion of the auditions. No acting. Makes sense I guess because the whole show is basically nothing but music, but I would think she’d at least do an improv section to see what acting capabilities everyone had to display while singing??
I was even more caught off guard when I saw the cast list – that the director, her husband, and the musical director had the three biggest roles in the production. I was mad because I don’t feel that anyone can effectively direct when they are playing a leading role and it felt as if all of those roles were off the table from the beginning because they had already called “dibs” So that was kind of unfair.
Now I kind of got over this because I thought, well, I’m an extra and I’m probs just mad about it because I feel slighted that I didn’t get a part and that’s kind of petty.
But…. Now the director has cancelled HALF of our rehearsals already. AND our first rehearsal, she was about an hour late to. At this point I just feel like she’s selfish and unorganized. Its driving me nuts!!
Also she’s changing word in the SATIRICAL show because they make her uncomfortable? But the words she’s changing them to dont really make sense… So Im just baffled by how she even became a director in the first place.
anyone else have stories from theater?? Advice for dealing with a director when you want to change every single thing they’re doing??
Post # 2
I’ve been doing theatre since I was in middle school! At one point it was a family affair and we would all pitch in with every show to make it a success.
In all that time I’ve certainly worked with some difficult directors. And if they start out difficult, it’s really not likely to get better; I’ve worked a show where a director also acted alongside us, and it was really awkward for sure.
It’s not petty at all to be upset about the fact that three major roles are taken up by people who are supposed to be working offstage; that’s how that works. How can you possibly simultaneously focus on your own performance and also watch everyone else’s?
My best advice is to just give the best performance you can and try to just get along with everyone. No reason you can’t have a good show in spite of a director!
Post # 3
Aw that sounds sweet!
I did theater off and on through middle school and high school and then got caught up with college and work so this is my first show in about 5 years 🙂 so ready for it! I’ve been keeping up with vocal training and dancing (Zumba class and voice lessons what whaaaat) so I’m just excited to be back on Stage!!
thanks! That’s exactly how I feel. I understand they have to know the show to direct it so they COULD know all the lines but how are they going to block? When we have tech week are we just going to imagine that they’re on stage So they can see how we’re doing!? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
i am biting my tongue and bring friendly with everyone for the time being because I don’t think it’s worth not being in the show over. Just wish they were making different decisions!