Well, you've always
wanted to know how those fantastic Broadway productions
were put up...A lot of hard work, determination and
arguing! Month by month, I'll take you throught the
process of picking a play, auditioning, costumes, props,
scenery, blocking, lights, and tons more! If there's any
question you need answered, please feel free to email me
Step one: Picking a play
A few things have to be decided first: Do you want to do
a drama, comedy, musical, one act, full length, etc. If
you're not sure, you can visit sites like Samuel French Inc., Baker's Plays, and The Musical Theatre
Database . These sites have many, many plays for
sale that you can look through. If you're doing a play
within a certain group, and not just the general public,
pick a play that would suit them. For instance, a
first-time acting group probably could not do something
of a Salesman by Arthur Miller or Our
Town by Thornton Wilder. (I am including the
authors in all plays so if you like, you can check them
For a first time drama class, I highly
recommend Life With Mother Superior by Jane Trahey.
Keep in mind that in a selected group you don't pick a
play that needs 10 men if you have a class of all girls.
If you're doing a play for the community, go wild! But
not totally wild. You have to think about other things
Money: Will you have enough to do the
Space: If your
theatre is like my high school theatre, space is VERY
Basically that's just about it on picking a
play. I'll be back next month with: AUDITIONING!
"Act well your part; there all the honor lies."
The International Thespian Society (Which I am a
proud member of!)