In Chapter Four we discuss one of the most obvious pieces of the play, the actor.Acting is a very complex art form where the actor must abandon their own personal feelings to take on a character's.
There are a few ways for an actor to be cast in a production. Sometimes actors attend open calls, where anyone may attend and there is a chance to get called back. At open calls type-ing may occur. Type-ing is where the casting director does not allow anyone who is not physically right for the part to audition. There are many different views on if this is fair or not.
If an actor makes it through the audition, they may receive a call-back. A Call-back is a second audition where you may be asked to read with different candidates for the role. If you can make it through the auditions and the callbacks, you just may receive that phone call saying you have landed the job!
Once you land the job the process of rehearsals will begin. Here the actor works closely with the rest of the cast, the director and stage manager to learn lines, blocking, and researching their play and character.
Each actor has a different method of acting. It doesn't matter which method they use, and which method works for them, what matters is that their choices make large contributions to the production. Actors are necessary for telling the story. It is important that the actor, writer, and director all share similar views of the story. If this does not happen, then the choices the actor makes might hinder against the writers vision, or visa-versa.
After the rehearsal period comes the joy of opening night, and then the constant battle to keep the show fresh until the somberness of closing night. After closing night the circle begins again, and it's on to the next open call! The actor lives in this vicious circle, but there is the fulfillment of their work that makes it worth their while!


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