MCA Holiday Gift Guide for Theatre Lovers
Wondering what to get your theatre lover this holiday season? We here at My College Audition have some savvy ideas for the actor-student! Whether it’s a last-minute stocking stuffer or a big gift from Santa, you’ll find a great gift for your aspiring actor.
Every actor needs a trusty tote to carry around clothes, shoes, scripts, and snacks. Consider a simple tote or a more robust tote that will last for years. Here are a few of my favorites:
For the long-lasting tote, Timbuk2 makes durable, high-quality bags. The Custom Tartine Tote Bag is customizable, so you can get creative with colors and patterns.
Society6 has some incredible designs and many of the designs on the site can be purchased as a tote bag, iPhone case, pillow, and more. The Ben the Actor Tote Bag and the Gary Oldman Tote Bag are fun choices.
Music and Plays
A few years ago, I received several Musical Theatre Anthologies for Christmas and I was in heaven. For new musical theatre, trywww.newmusicaltheatre.com. You can purchase songbooks or sheet music from the hottest new composers and narrow your search easily by searching via artist, vocal range, style, genre, and more. For plays, try sites like www.samuelfrench.com, which also offers an easy way to filter your search to feature a specific gender, genre, and age range.
Spotify Gift Card
This is an amazing last-minute gift for your actor/singer. Spotify is an online music streaming service for your computer or mobile device. It’s a great tool to help your performer create playlists, find new music, and practice for upcoming college auditions. They can redeem Spotify gift cards for ad-free subscriptions.
Whether prepping for college auditions or just keeping up the chops for the next open call, lessons and coaching sessions are a perfect idea. Tap, jazz, ballet, acting, and voice lessons are all good options. You can also contact us at My College Audition for package prices and information to help your teen put their best foot forward for college auditions.
Tickets to a Show
See if there are any national tours coming to a city near you. We recommend Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, and War Horse, but there are so many from which to choose! If you’re not close to a major performing arts center, consider National Theatre Live productions. Some of the best British theatre is now available in cinemas around the world thanks to NTLive. These can sell out just as quickly (if not more so) as live theatre, so see if NTLive is broadcast in a theatre near you!
Rehearsal 2 App
Many actors rely on Rehearsal, an app for iOS devices, to help them memorize scenes, record dialogue, and do scene study. You can upload your scripts and use its many tools to highlight, record, add beat markings, and write notes. Rehearsal 2 is $19.99 in the App store.
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