Posted on 7th June 2013 in Uncategorized by TGWacting
Live Performance is the true litmus test for an actor. The confidence to walk on stage and perform to a live, kicking, breathing, laughing, crying and (hopefully) applauding audience, is the reason for the years of scene study in a classroom amongst our peers. Live Performance is the Marathon; perhaps even the Ironman. Weekly, classroom Scene Study is the 5K. Both are important yet more and more actor training programs have turned away from the 26.2 miler. The default for most training programs today is “process”. But process is a revolving door, allowing students to focus on avoidance rather than commitment. The constant focus on process keeps the student reliant on the teacher, but performance cuts the proverbial umbilical cord. The shift to less performance in our acting schools has lead to a weakened backbone of talent. When performing scenes in a classroom, the actor must attract and keep the attention of their fellow students for typically 20 minutes at most, but a full production requires much more. A paying audience must be kept engaged and hypnotized for at least 2 hours, 8x’s longer than a typical classroom scene. And face it, keeping anyones attention for longer than 5 minutes these days is a struggle. Students put their trust in their teachers to know what is best, to know what they need to make it in this business. This is why we struggle to get our students performing. We seek out opportunities to get our students performing and at least annually, sometimes more, TGW Acting Studio produces our own productions. These are full productions. Beginning with formal auditions, time sensitive rehearsals, sets, lighting, costumes, music; the whole nine yards. We perform in a black box theater for a run of 4-6 weeks. No actor training program is complete without the opportunity to walk out on stage, legs trembling, heart racing and grab that audience, pull them in and take them on a journey without ever leaving their seats.
Please support the TGW Acting Studio’s hard working and talented students in our upcoming performance of William Shakespeare’s, As You Like It. We promise, you will be swept away into our Forest of Arden, and your role as audience, is genuinely valuable and essential to TGW Acting students’ training.
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