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Acting Classes

Local community acting classes are a great way to hone a teen's talent, and to create a social community of teens with artistic interests. Just search for acting acting classes on the internet and local acting classes should come up. There will be a range of quality in the different acting programs that are available for teens. Check the resumes of the teachers. Word of mouth is a good way of judging the class. If you are looking for acting classes, it would be a good idea to take them from an actual theatre company. There are acting classes taught by organizations that are not actual theatre companies, organizations such as community groups, social agencies, city programs, and acting schools. An actual theatre company provides a great way to become involved with the local theatre scene. If that is the case, then there is a good chance that if your teacher thinks well of you, you will be offered roles. These local theatre companies are much more likely to use the teens they teach, when they put on a play, than those that don't. If a company does not use the kids they teach in shows then they should be avoided. There is no political benefit from choosing an acting school that has no future plans for the student.

High School Drama

Teenagers can take high school acting classes. The classes are usually pretty basic; consisting of improv and scene work, but from there, is an opportunity to audition for high school musicals or plays. The drama teacher is likely involved in local theatre and would be a good resource for finding out how to get into local productions. There might be one act high school drama festivals which are a great way for a teen to meet kids from other schools and even other towns.

Local Productions

Local productions often look for teens for their productions. Many more challenging roles exist for teens in local productions than they do for children. Taking acting classes from a local theatre company can create a certain sense of loyalty from that theatre company's personnel, a loyalty that can translate into roles. Auditions can be accessed in the paper, social media and on theatre websites. Ask to be put on a theatre company's mailing list so they can let you know when auditions are. It is a really good idea to have a theatre resume that looked like you put some effort into it. Another great way for teens to get into local theatre is to volunteer. Theatres are always in need of volunteers.

What do you need to bring to an audition?

When you go to an audition you should bring a resume which lists your relevant theatre experience, even if that experience is limited to acting classes. Music and dance experience is also good. A photo is also a good idea, because the people auditioning for the show would then have a photographic reminder of who you are. When you audition, you should work on a monologue, rehearsing it out loud, rehearsing it until you have it perfectly memorized. There are usually many talented people competing for a role in a play so you might as well give yourself the best chance to succeed that you can. If an auditioner doesn't know who you are, it doesn't matter so much the quality of the resume as it does the quality of the audition.

And Finally

You have to start somewhere. Local acting classes, high school drama classes and local productions offer you the best and cheapest way to get started, to learn your craft. Get involved, get your foot in the door, and learn as much as you can. The more you learn and the more prepared you are, the better your chance of success. Break a leg!



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