The workshop was to prepare actors for auditions for the upcoming Bottom of the Barrel play, "Love, Loss and What I Wore." Auditions took place after the workshop and will continue today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The workshop was run by Cindy Reed and LaTiegra Cahill.
Despite the fact that all the parts in the upcoming play are for women, more men showed up than women for the workshop.
Cahill and Reed discussed techniques for auditioning with monologues, one to two minute pieces with only one person speaking.
Cahill recommended that actors always have a monologue prepared in case they find out about an audition the day it is taking place and have to perform the monologue that day.
Cahill also said the monologue used for auditions should be active. An active monologue, she explained, is one in which the actor is speaking to someone.
However, in auditions, the other person isn't there to respond so the actors must imagine where they are and what they're doing. Cahill said a lot of people choose a spot on a wall and speak to it. Cahill recommended not picking a spot, but picturing the person and what they are doing. If the character moves, Cahill said you have to move to continue facing the other person.
Reed stressed the importance of appearing confident during auditions. She said the audition actually begins when the actor walks through the door. How the actor treats people back stage and the actor's reputation matter as well as how they appear during the audition.
Cahill spoke briefly about being in character for the audition. She said not to walk in already in character.
"If you're auditioning for a jerk, don't walk in as a jerk," Cahill said.
She also discouraged dressing as the character for the audition, however she said people can choose outfits that subliminally remind them of the character. For instance, if auditioning for a role as a biker, Cahill said the actor could wear a black, leather jacket.
Production company President PJ Gillen said "Love, Loss and What I Wore" is a combination of monologue and ensemble pieces about women.
The pieces speak about clothes and relationships. Gillen said a lot of people associate clothing with different times in their lives.
"People will laugh. People will cry. And people will come away talking about their memories and talking about their clothes," Gillen said.
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" will be performed on April 26 and 27 as well as May 3 and 4. The location has not yet been chosen, but Gillen said it will be a small environment.
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