COMEDY – The story takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia where two Englishmen arrive as guests. When people at the lodge try to talk to Charlie, however, he remains silent: he is terribly shy, depressed, and cannot find the words to reply. Froggy claims that Charlie cannot talk because he is a “foreigner” from an exotic country, and does not understand English. Taking the explanation that he’s a non-English speaker as fact, the lodge’s guests quickly begin revealing their secrets, and Charlie soon discovers scandals amongst some of the residents of the lodge.
Approximate Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes
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The Foreigner – October Audition Information
We had an incredible Season 3 at Vernal Theatre: LIVE and cannot wait to have an even better third season. Below are a few tips and tricks that will help you prepare for auditions. Enjoy and we’ll see you in the fall!
1. Confidence. It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.
2. Personality. Let it shine through. Don’t give one-word answers when having a conversation with the casting director. Ask questions! We are looking for smart, curious actors.
3. Connection. Make one with the character you’re portraying and the production team. Be memorized on your audition material. That said, don’t ask who they (the production team) are. Introductions waste time, time you could use for showing off your acting chops. They are there to do their job, just like you’re there to do your job. You are equals. You’re selling, and they’re buying. Treat them with respect and courtesy, and they’ll do the same.
4. Find your spot. Wherever it is, there’s usually an X on the floor, done with tape. Find it and go stand there. That’s called a mark. (X marks the spot.)Why? Because the production team gets antsy when you’re too close. But don’t stay rooted to that X. Remember, the space is yours for two whole minutes. So feel free to move around.
5. Opposites. Yelling isn’t the only way to show hatred or anger. Sometimes being quiet as you make your point is a powerful display of emotion. Playing opposites is a much more interesting choice than the obvious.
6. Act. Acting means TO DO, not to talk. Find your actions and play them! (A wonderful resource is the book “Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus” by Marina Caldarone & Maggie Lloyd-Williams.)
7. Variety. Feel the levels and dynamic in the scene. Don’t play one emotion. If the character is angry or tough, when might he/she show some vulnerability?
8. Stick to the time limit. If you prepared a monologue or a song, you (usually) get 90 seconds starting from your first line. And 90 seconds is plenty. So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, cut down your monologue or song. Rehearse with a stopwatch to measure how long it is. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be rushed. And if they cut you off, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you’re bad, it means they need to give everyone else time to show too.
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