Method 1: To be part of the Cast
- Start with some lessons: Musical theatre involves singing, dancing and acting. If you have difficulties with any of these areas look into lessons in your local area. Many of the theatre groups in Windsor/Essex provide summer camps where they train campers in all three areas.
- Practice: Even after the formal traning is complete, keep singing and learning new skills, new songs, and new dance moves. These additions will always help in future auditions.
- Get in Shape: In many musical theatre productions, the cast will need to move around, on and off stage. Running, jump rope and swimming will help strengthen your core and keep you on your feet longer during rehearsals.
Method 2: Behind the Scenes
Being on stage is not the only important role in a musical production. A show would not be able to continue if there were no:
- front house: menial work - selling tickets or refreshments and/or showing people to their seats.
- music director: works under the lead director and producer, and acts as a consult between the upper management and everyone else. After the rehearsals are wrapped up and the show begins, the director/producer tends to take a backseat. At this point, the musical director will work with the stage manager to keep the entire production on track.
- makeup artist: Makeup artist in musical theatre field is a different discipline to those for models and other types of beautician work. It often calls for quite dramatic results under the hardshest of lighting conditions
- costume designers: Very few musicals can operate without a team of wardrobe staff. They are tasked with making sure costumes fit the stage talent, keeping the outfits in good condition between shows, and helping actors in and out of the costumes during the show. They can also be responsible for choosing costumes.
- choreographers: are responsible for a very important part of the show: working with the talent - they decide when and how the performers should move.
- set building crew: their role is to create sets and structural elements of the production as requested by the production manager.
- lighting designers: fall under the umbrella of "theatrical technician." They work hand-in-hand with light board operators, the former planning everything out in advance to match the artistic vision of the show, while the latter makes sure the plan is followed on the night of the performance.
Everyone plays an important role when it comes to theatre.