Looking for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer this holiday season for your MT/Acting student/friend/teacher? Here are MCA's top five suggestions for anyone you love in the performing arts!
If you want to be well informed in this industry you must be well read! I love to randomly order plays from The Drama Book Shop with characters similar in age of myself that I know nothing about. I have found some of my dream roles this way. Also, I was able to find some stellar, not overdone monologue material! Does your daughter perform a monologue from a play she adores? Order 5 more from the same playwright and I guarantee she'll find more! Plus, you'll be supporting someone who inspires you - and that's always good.
2.) Tickets to a show
While getting tickets to a Broadway production is always fun - you should also be checking out what is playing regionally in your town! Or better yet, go check out a professional theatre that is in the town of your dream college. What a cool way to get acquainted with the area and maybe you'll even spot a current student from your dream school in the playbill! Examples: Want to go to Hartt for Musical Theatre? Then go check out the Goodspeed Opera House or The Hartford Stage - I bet you'll spot some current students/alums up on the stage! Want to go to Syracuse for Acting? Get tickets to Syracuse Stage!
3.) Tote Bag
Every performer needs a durable tote bag to carry around to audition to audition! Here are some suggestions on where to grab high-quality bags: Timbuk2, Ben the Actor Tote Bag and the Gary Oldman Tote Bag.
4.) Resource Books
Being informed in the college audition process all the way to landing your first agent is crucial. Here are some suggestions for students/adults at every stage:
Tackling the College Audition Journey: Before the College Audition by Chelsea Diehl (yes, this is our book, and yes, we do think every kid should have this in their hands before college auditions!) Learn how to make a performing arts college list with the appropriate amount of Reaches, Middles and Safeties and gain invaluable insight from department head interviews.
Auditioning Insight: Audition by Michael Shurtleff - just trust us. Every actor should read this book. I've heard many people say (me included!) that this book played a significant role in how they view and tackle auditions.
Breaking into the professional business: Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room by Jen Rudin - she is a prominent casting director and knows her stuff. Always good to gain insight from power players in the industry.
5.) Shakespearean Lip Balm Set
Because why wouldn't you want this? To be chapped or not to be chapped, that is the question.
- Coach Chelsea Diehl
My College Audition
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