A beginner's guide to musical theater

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Last month, my kid auditioned for a part in “The Wizard of Oz” at a local children’s theater. Unfortunately, everything has been delayed for an undetermined amount of time. In the meantime, here are a few things that I have learned about musical theater.

5 things you should know about musical theater

  1. “There are no small parts, only small actors.” Constantin Stanislavski. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get the part you want. Think of it as a learning experience. Then give your part 100% effort.

2. If you are auditioning for a part, be prepared. Know the music and the part.

3. It never hurts to be familiar with a variety of musicals. Go to shows whenever it is possible again. Watch whatever you can. Stream or rent musicals. YouTube also has a variety of theater-related videos.

Before all of the social distancing, I bought musicals at thrift stores. VHS tapes are old school but so far our VHS player works.

4. Don’t be petty. It can be difficult to work with so many personalities. So much drama. I mean, it is the theater where most people love the drama. Try to funnel all of that attitude into the acting, dancing and singing.

5. “The show must go on.”

Did you know that the saying originated in the circus. If something happened during the show, the ringmaster would try to keep the crowd entertained. Keeping things moving was a way to honor the performer that could not finish their act.

So until things go back to our regular routines, we should keep the show going. What’s the harm if the entertainment occurs in our living rooms or backyards with less than 10 people?

What are you guys doing for entertainment?

3 thoughts on “A beginner's guide to musical theater”

  1. I am a massive musical theater fan- who shows it through an audience standpoint.

    You should respect everyone involved in a musical from the leads (even when it is an understudy) to the ensemble to the crew

    Be prepared for the unexpected- I learned this the hard way

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