FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is ACT1?
ACT1 is a community theater with a focus on wholesome entertainment. Now in our 21st year, we’re proud to bring you top-quality theatrical productions. You’ll find us in performance in several major productions each year. Among our many full-length shows have been To Kill a Mockingbird, It’s a Wonderful Life, Into the Woods, The Wind in the Willows, Oliver, Nunsense, and many others.
ACT1 is the proud recipient of several Metropolitan Atlanta Theater awards, including 5 for our production of Fiddler on the Roof. We are sponsored and supported by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, and provide family entertainment to the community without religious bias.
In addition to using many experienced theater folks, one of the objectives of our work is to provide a venue for those who have never been involved in the theater arts before. We enjoy seeing people discover a love of theater – whether that’s performing on the stage; building sets; making costumes; or working as a stagehand, lighting technician or sound technician. As new cast and crew members “learn the ropes” and become seasoned pros, they may decide to try their hand at stage managing or directing. All of our cast, crew, and management are volunteers. But, no matter what role you choose, this will be the most fun that you have had in a long time!
What will auditions be like?
We’ll have you sign in and fill out an audition form to tell us about yourself. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before – experience is not required. If you have a headshot, bring it along. If not, we’ll take a picture to help us remember who’s who after you’re gone. If an auditioner is under the age of 18, they must have a parent present and have that parent sign minor participation forms.
We also understand that rehearsals may overlap with the end of current productions for some actors. We ask that you provide us with details of conflicts and impacts at your audition.
No parts are pre-cast, and everyone who gets a part will have auditioned at one of the scheduled times, unless special arrangements are made in advance.
Among the things we’ll be looking for are:
• Speaking voice quality – Can you project, so that you’ll be heard from the back of the auditorium?
• Energy – can we hear the interest and excitement in your voice?
• Facial Expression – Does it match the words you’re reading?
• Character – Can you “be” the person you’re reading?
• Willingness – Can you follow instructions and give it your best shot?
How will you pick the cast?
Many things go into putting a cast together. Of course, your performance at the audition is important, but so are other things that are not in your control. The script dictates, to a large extent, who will be cast. As an example, characters playing members of a family should look like they could be family. So casting is a process of finding good actors of an appropriate age who fit in combination with the other actors.
When will I know if I’m cast?
If we are able to cast you, we will call you no later than the day after the callback audition. If you don’t hear from us, we were not able to use you this time. The number of people who audition prevents us from calling everyone. But remember, that doesn’t mean you did a poor job, and please – come back to audition for another show.
What am I committing to?
By coming to auditions you’re not committing to anything. Come try us out and see what you think. If we offer you a part, and you accept, then you are definitely making a commitment to attend every rehearsal possible. That means you can’t miss a rehearsal unless it’s absolutely necessary and you’ve told the Stage Manager in advance. No absences are allowed during the last two weeks of rehearsals. Even if you have your part learned down pat and don’t feel you need to be there, remember that your fellow actors are dependent on you being where you’re supposed to be. If someone has a line to deliver to you and you’re not there, it makes it very difficult to stay in character and keep the scene running smoothly. A major factor in a production not getting to a polished, professional level, is a cast that is erratic in attendance. OK, enough preaching – just want you to understand the importance of being at rehearsals.
What about rehearsals?
Our typical schedule calls for 3 rehearsals a week, for 9 weeks, followed by 3 weekends of performances. Rehearsals are normally on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and Sundays from 2-5pm. We take very seriously your commitment and your time. The schedule will be laid out in advance, and only vary rarely deviated from. You will never be expected to hang around waiting for the director to get to your part. PLEASE NOTE: there are rehearsals during school holidays… these are NOT optional! The very first rehearsal is generally a “read-through” and will include the entire cast. It’s just what it sounds like – we’ll all sit around and read the script. It’s the time to meet your fellow actors, hear the Director’s vision for the show, begin to assimilate your character, work on any tricky pronunciation, etc. We’ll give you your copy of the script, the schedule, and any other material you’ll need. After that, the next set of rehearsals will be broken down, scene by scene, and we’ll do the “blocking”. Blocking is the term used for any stage movement – crossing from one side to the other, sitting down, standing up – all the stuff that supports your lines. Bring a pencil and make notes in your script as you work. Once everything is blocked, the next few rehearsals we will go back through those scenes and work on them some more. By this time, you need to have your lines memorized for the scenes that we’re working that day. Once we’re through these “working” rehearsals, we’re now about 4 weeks in, and we’ve worked on every scene for at least 3 rehearsals, and it’s time to combine them, and run the full act, and later the full show, fine-tuning as we go. Expect about 27 rehearsals in all. There might be one or two added rehearsals near opening, if we seem to need them.
For any other questions, please call LisaKay Matchen, 678-371-3079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.