'NATURAL CASTING'

 'ACTING 101' - FIRST YEAR OF ACTING TRAINING

You have experience of acting in school or pre-university courses? Here is advice for a college or university acting course. Or for an acting school.

 This 'ACTING 101' course plan aims at achievable results for a wide range of students.

   ONLY 'NATURAL CASTING' - ONLY CHOOSE ROLES THAT ARE NEAR TO YOU (age and gender).
 Work only with stage roles near to you in age and gender. You aim for what is achievable, without losing your individual characteristics on stage.
 No performing as a man (if you are a woman) and vice versa. No 'cross-gender' acting.
 'Cross-gender' roles demand too much from the 'ACTING 101' student, at this phase of your learning. Those roles are more advanced. They are for the third-year actor when further techniques have been achieved.

 You must build foundations for yourself from 'natural casting' roles - achievable roles, that empower you to discover more of your performing self.

 BUILD ON YOUR PREPARATORY ACTING CLASS AND MOVE ON: You may have acted 'cross-gender' roles already, in school etc., and you could well be proud of what you achieved. You may have won praise for your acting. That was then. Courses for those who are under 18 years serve other needs (preparatory acting). The drama course may have explored a wide range of techniques but may also may have been about socialisation (discovering roles in society and in the group), and citizenship.

 Your preparatory acting course may have been forced into cross-gender casting because there were not enough boys or girls in the class. You may have explored plays from the curriculum (literature) rather than scenes suited to acting techniques.
 Once you are 18, training must change. You have to advance your skills. That may mean discarding some approaches from the preparatory acting course.

 Some few students find that difficult. They refer back constantly to achievements at school and to the first acting teacher. Consider this: 'Change is easy. It's NOT "changing" that takes time, it's "not-changing" that takes time.' There are new challenges to meet once you are 18.

 DITTO: No performing older characters (no mothers, grandmothers etc.).

 OBSERVATION TECHNIQUE: For your character, you do fieldwork.
 Get out there and find people similar to your stage role. Talk to them. If they are your friends, or friends of friends, then you do participant-observation (as it is termed in anthropology). It means being with and talking to people, asking them thoughtful and empathic questions.
 

 

 

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