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BWW Blog: Tara Folio - Just a Cog in the Machine
by Tara Folio - February 03, 2016

Throughout my life of performing, I have always been told to "take care of myself" and "always work to make myself better". I feel like to the untrained eye, this industry seems extremely "I, I, I" and "me, me, me" focused. This idea might explain why in most movies the theater kids are portrayed as the uppity, self-centered narcissists (I mean come on, I know most of us can relate to Sharpay Evans on a personal level). An actor's job is built on introspection, on looking inside ourselves to find our motivation, but sometimes we become so focused on what's inside us, we forget that we are part of an ensemble. (more...)

BWW Blog: Parker Hughes - An Actors Ode to Techies
by Parker Hughes - February 03, 2016

I can't use a hammer. I don't know how to use a power saw. I'm not familiar with how mics work, and probably would not be able to mic myself, let alone anyone else. The most  know about lighting is pulling a cord on a lamp. But that's okay, because I'm an actor. I'm a writer. I'm a dancer, and I'm a director. I'm much better at "painting the picture" than painting the set piece. However, don't think I'm neglecting tech all together. My senior year I plan to tech my first show, but for now, I'm content where I am. There's also the fact that I'm not very good at tech. I don't know what makes me bad at it, I just know that I am. But there are people out there who are brilliant techies. I mean, absolute technical geniuses. It amazes me, seeing as tech theatre has protocols and rules and directions, and yet holds so much creativity. (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- How Do I Find the Time to Workout When I'm Already So Busy and the Rest of the Time I'm Tired?
by Mark Fisher - February 01, 2016

Question: Blog: How Do I Find the Time to Workout When I'm Already So Busy? (more...)

BWW Blog: Tara Folio - Interrogating the ASSASSINS: Singing History to Life
by Tara Folio - January 29, 2016

The process of stepping into a new role is definitely not something that can happen over night; it's something that an actor must gradually enter into. There is so much for a performer to learn about a new character; an actor must grasp an understanding about the role's background, who this person is, what they believe, who they trust, how they carry themselves (I could write a thousand more components, but let's be honest, none of us have time for that). Now imagine you have been cast in a new show, and your character isn't even a person (per say), but instead you are an idea, a concept; what if you were history? For Jordan Lunstead, a senior at Auburn University, this hypothetical situation is all too real. Jordan will be playing the "Balladeer" in this production of Assassins, and has the responsibility of telling the story of each and every assassin, through song. In order to wrap my mind around such a complex character, I sat down with my friend, Jordan and asked him a couple questions about the challenging process that lies ahead of him.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Rebecca Salzhauer and Yanniv Frank - The 5 Stages of Waiting for the Cast List
by Salzhauer and Frank - January 29, 2016

The stages waiting for the cast list are those that are very familiar to all theater geeks around the world. When we channel our inner Princess Fiona and spend all day singing "I Know It's Today" because it is oh so applicable to our current state of mind.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet High School Student Lauren Ward - True or False: There Are No Small Parts
by Lauren Ward - January 28, 2016

Everybody knows the old saying: "There are no small parts, only small actors." Back in December, my theatre troupe at school was in the midst of filming auditions for our production of Ghost the Musical when our director announced that there would be a separate round of auditions for those specifically interested in ensemble positions. This came as a nice surprise seeing as the majority, including myself, tend to go for the leads or supporting roles when audition time rolls around. Similarly, it's happened many times where I've been disappointed when I've gotten "stuck" in the ensemble when I was expecting something a little "bigger." I got to thinking about why the ensemble gets overlooked or underappreciated so much, and whether or not I should have been disappointed. After all, I never seemed to have less fun doing a show because I wasn't a lead role. I think people tend to consider the ensemble as a comparatively small or insignificant role in the span of the entire production, and from this I began to make conclusions about whether or not the old saying reigns true: Is there really no such thing as a small part? (more...)

BWW Blog: Siobhan O'Loughlin - Bathtubs in Belfast
by Siobhan O'Loughlin - January 27, 2016

When I was in Minnesota, my friend Les Kurkendaal introduced me to a beautiful, spirited woman in a rockabilly dress. Her name was Chelley McClear.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Tara Folio of Auburn University - Every Villain Has a Silver Lining
by Tara Folio - January 26, 2016

Not every lesson we learn in our life is engrained into our minds forever. We remember things like "look both ways before you cross the street" and most likely every lyric from all your favorite songs in middle school, but good luck recalling the formula for the Pythagorean Theorem. The same is true for acting, some things we remember, and some we discard because our brain needed to make more room for all the songs from Hamilton (what a hip reference). If there's one acting lesson I have carried with me all of my life, it's this: You cannot hate the character you are playing. Now if you're portraying a wholesome and pure character like "Cinderella" or "Gertrude McFuzz", the task of finding the good in your character is as simple as finding "Horton the Elephant" in a crowd of Whos. The true test of an actor is finding the positive qualities in absolutely devious characters like the "Witch" in Into the Woods or "Orin Scrivello, DDS" in Little Shop. To the outside world these characters seem like the scum of the Earth, but it is the actor's job to closely read into the character and discover the motivation behind the character's dastardly deeds.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- What is the Appropriate Length of Time to Workout? Can I Actually Get Results in 30 Minutes?
by Mark Fisher - January 25, 2016

Question: What is the Appropriate Length of Time to Workout? (more...)

BWW Blog: Rebecca Salzhauer and Yanniv Frank - If You Break a Leg, You're Gonna Get CAST!
by Salzhauer and Frank - January 23, 2016

Well folks it's that time again! Audition week is upon us! That time when we sit at our desks for hours steaming our throats, with a throat coat IV sending that slippery elm goodness coursing through our veins with a cup of pure honey with a straw patiently waiting for us to take a break from inhaling water vapor. That time when every time you get any sort of notification you throw your phone across the room because you think it's the cast list, but it's really just another email from Disney store about their 14th 'magical offer' this week. That time when every waking moment is spent thinking of how nervous you are and how you are going to utilize your 'secret weapon.' (more...)

BWW Blog: Tara Folio - Interrogating the Assassins: Introducing Girl Power
by Tara Folio - January 22, 2016

There's always more than one side to every story, and this production of Assassins is no different. To make sure I'm covering this show from every possible angle, I've decided to annoy my fellow casemates with a recorder and a series of important questions about their experiences (and I really do mean I annoyed them, considering I followed them around between classes to get their answers). (more...)

BWW Blog: Parker Hughes - Something a Little Different
by Parker Hughes - January 22, 2016

Many may not be familiar with the musical Ghost. Ghost is the musical adaption of the 1990 movie by the same name, written by Bruce Joel Rubin. The musical garnered incredible attention over on Britain's West End. The show's music and overall structure is very different from most classic musicals, with much of the music shouldering away from the typical "show tune" genre. What audiences hear will sound more like Christian Rock, Gospel, and even Disco. "[The music] is definitely more demanding," says music director Kyle Carozza, "the vocal ranges necessary are higher, and there gets to be well over eight parts at some points. I don't dislike it (the style of music), but I like the big, belty, vibrato type of musical theatre better." When I prompted Kyle about whether or not teaching this genre was harder, he surprised me by saying, "No, I think it's somewhat easier. It's more choir-like and isn't as intricate as some musical theatre." (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet Hannah Love - Community vs. School Theatre
by Hannah Love - January 21, 2016

Growing up in a pretty big town in Georgia has had a lot of perks. One of them includes the amount of amazing school theatre programs we have in the area around us, and it's inspiring to see others working hard as you while balancing tedious hours of homework and studying and maybe even a job. Then there are also the community theatre productions, whether it is at the church down the street or at a cool studio you've heard so many people praising. Opportunity has always been available around me. Still, there's the question of what to do with my free time. Do I audition for the big school musical, or do I test the waters at a creative theater down the street with a director I've never worked with? Maybe you've had the same dilemma as a young, aspiring theatre nerd. Both have their advantages. It's up to the artist to decide. (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- Why Do I Always Seem To Hurt Myself When I Start Working Out?
by Mark Fisher - January 18, 2016

Question: Why Do I Always Seem To Hurt Myself When I Start Working Out? (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- What Should I Do If I HATE The Gym?
by Mark Fisher - January 11, 2016

Question: What Should I Do If I HATE The Gym? (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- Why Is It So Hard To Do What I Know I Should Do For My Fitness Goals?
by Mark Fisher - January 04, 2016

Question: Why Is It So Hard To Do What I Know I Should Do For My Fitness Goals? (more...)

11 Awesome Theatre Happenings of 2015
by Charles Quittner - December 30, 2015

Radical Oklahoma!! Melodramatic vampires! Hamilton! Charles Quittner counts down the top 11 shows he saw this year. (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- Why Doesn't More Exercise and Less Food Equal Even Better Results?
by Mark Fisher - December 28, 2015

Question: Why Doesn't More Exercise and Less Food Equal Even Better Results? (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- How Do You Stay Fit While On the Road?
by Mark Fisher - December 21, 2015

Question: How Do You Stay Fit While On the Road? (more...)

BWW Blog: Dylan Ratell of CHICAGO in Japan - A Very 'Chicago' Christmas
by D. Ratell - December 17, 2015

There is nothing more important in my life than my family. They have been my support for the last twenty-five years. Not only do they allow me to be who it is I am meant to be but they make sure I am able to do so comfortably and without resistance. They are truly the best support system a person could ask for. I am spoiled to have them in my court when I need them and, to be honest, I sometimes feel that I don't show them the appreciation they deserve. How do you show the perfect family how much they mean to you? (more...)

BWW Blog: Siobhan O'Loughlin - Broken Bone Bathtub: London
by Siobhan O'Loughlin - December 16, 2015

It's no question that English people and American people have different sensibilities. Some might say that the English are more polite than Americans (who are not known to be especially mannerly) but then again, the English can be really painfully blunt. The United States, regardless, is a vast country with lots of different types of people in it. And so, for example, in Minnesota, there is this float-around-phrase called "Minnesota Nice" and it's paralleled with what I'd like to call the "English Embarrassed."  (more...)

BWW Blog: Dylan Ratell of CHICAGO in Japan - Kabuki Q&A
by D. Ratell - December 15, 2015

This is my first time visiting Japan and I would like to say how impressed I am! Tokyo is the cleanest, friendliest and most efficient city I've had the privilege of visiting!  The people of Japan are accommodating and the team that has put this engagement together has done a swell job of providing us with an incredible experience. Thanks guys! (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- Why Aren't I Losing Weight Even Though I'm Working Out?
by Mark Fisher - December 14, 2015

Question: Why Aren't I Losing Weight Even Though I'm Working Out? (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet Dylan Ratell of CHICAGO in Japan
by D. Ratell - December 07, 2015

My name is Dylan Ratell and I'm currently touring Japan as Mary Sunshine with Chicago The Musical!  This show is my dream come true and I can't believe I get to bring this wonderful story to such an amazing country!   (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Fisher- What's the Best Type of Exercise to Burn Fat?
by Mark Fisher - December 07, 2015

Question: Who Is This Guy?? My name is Mark Fisher, and I'm the co-owner of Mark Fisher Fitness. Mark Fisher Fitness is a boutique training facility located in midtown Manhattan. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be giving you the answers to the most commonly asked questions I receive about health and fitness. (more...)