Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Unexpected Gift

So I came into work this morning and had a package sitting on my chair with my name on it... VERY mysterious.

I slowly opened the sealed manila envelope and out popped a salmon-colored booklet. Ahhhh... I could recognize this anywhere. The dimensions: 5 1/4 x 7 3/4. It was a script! I fanned the pages and a sense of calm, well-being, and familiarity came over me. Usually when I receive a script I have a little ritual that I follow, but I'm at work and a sense of decorum is in order. Therefore, I can't do my little dance or get me a glass of Cranberry and Sprite Zero with a squeeze of lime and curl up on some comfy surface to dive into a new journey that is a play.

So where did this lovely gift come from? From none other than my esteemed colleague, Bob Larsen from California! Very respected for his talents, tastes, and overall genius! The play: Darwin in Malibu by Crispin Whittell. A million Thanks Bob! I can't wait to enjoy! Although, not really "unexpected" since Bob told me it was coming, it was just unexpected today. But VERY appreciated.

Which comes to my mini-lesson of the day. As Actors, it is possible to give your colleagues and the audience "unexpected gifts" during your performance. I mean, do you really want to give the audience "Julie Andrews" when doing the Sound of Music, or would you rather give them YOU! "Unexpected gifts" can be the best thing for the overall dynamic of the show, but it must be done correctly and TAOLA can help you hone your skills so that you can freely give "unexpected gifts" throughout your performance.

Now if only lunch time would come sooner so that I can start enjoying this script!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Please? Pretty Please?

I know, I know... I'm using dirty tricks but as I get closer to getting into the Viera Community Center, this is when I call on you to help TAOLA get off the ground! If I have to stoop down low and use pictures of Cute Kittens, I'll do it! HA!

What TAOLA needs from you: If you know any Teen(s) in Grades 7-12 (or entering the 7th grade in the Fall) that would be interested in signing up for Theatre and Theatre Arts classes taught by Lilly, please contact the Viera Community Center at 321.433.4891
They won't have me on the schedule yet, but if you show interest, they should take your information and let you know when you can start signing up! Of course, keep following the TAOLA Blog for more information on registration, class schedules, and more!!!!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Everybody's Working for the Weekend

So it's Monday and you are already anticipating the weekend? I know how you feel!

Using emotions like Anticipation, Longing, and Yearning, are not always apparent or "visible". These are not emotions that are easily "displayed" especially on the Stage. How does one portray "anticipation" on the stage? Do you go for the obvious "nail-biting" or do you master the emotion with control and your anticipation becomes crystal clear even to the person in the last seat in the very back of the theatre?

TAOLA helps you find your control. Sign up for a class with TAOLA today!