A Scenic Designer Says It Like It Is – SAC Theatre Arts

There’s been some interesting sharing from both students and faculty about the fears behind doing what each loves to do… ”what they find passion in”. I want to take this dialogue a bit further. From my perspective, I believe an artist thrives on trying new things, on using both their acquired and innate skills/talents and applying them towards something they have never done before.

 
While I may be a wife, mother, and teacher, [...]

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    An Unconventional Way to Deal with Stage-fright by SAC Theatre Arts

  • Backstage with a fellow cast-mate from Big Love.

An Unconventional Way to Deal with Stage-fright by SAC Theatre Arts

Often, my friends, family, and even people I don’t know ask me, “How can you act in front of people that are just staring at you?” My response is always the same, “I’M BETTER THAN THEM!”

Confused? Allow me to explain. When I first acted in front of people I was so nervous… Sweating all over my body, forgot some of my lines, and eventually succumbed to stage-fright. At the time, I told myself, “I don’t [...]

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    The Ensemble: We Are Nothing But The Sum of Our Parts (by SAC Theatre Arts)

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The Ensemble: We Are Nothing But The Sum of Our Parts (by SAC Theatre Arts)

Imagine you are watching a play, a musical, a movie, or a t.v. show. Now, think of the scene at the train station, or the one on a city street, or in the cafe. I would like you to mentally erase all the people in the background. How bleak do the surroundings look?

 
The ensemble is it’s own art, they are the backdrop that paints a living picture. This is what the ensemble [...]

Dealing with Fear as an Artist

I have been so blessed to work with some amazing artists in my career as a choreographer and dance educator. Recently, I have been reflecting on things I’ve learned through my journey in the arts and here is what I know for sure... Life is hard!!! We are all faced with challenges, big and small, and from these challenges, fears often arise. Fear is something everyone faces in life and fear is often what stops people from truly living their life. Another thing I know for sure - when we act out of fear, our fears come true!
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    SAC Theatre Arts – Lessons in Confidence, Stage Managing, and Conquering Fear

  • NancyAndCrew With my amazing crew for Angry Young Women.
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SAC Theatre Arts – Lessons in Confidence, Stage Managing, and Conquering Fear

Taking theatre classes has opened my eyes in so many ways. It has taught me to be more confident, open, and live outside the box. I saw a different light as soon as I took Acting Fundamental here at SAC. I was beyond nervous and scared to death because I didn’t know what to expect. There were times when I just wanted to run out screaming, but I knew that if I gave [...]

The Modern Musical

For me, I grew up around musical theatre. The singing, the dancing… All seemed normal to me. When I was young, I saw it more as entertainment. But, now I see that it has a deeper meaning.  Once you enthrall yourself into enough theatre you may find a show that you can connect with. My show is Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”. Never in my life had I felt more connected to a character, to [...]
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    Marriage Wears a Lacy, White Cape: On Big Love’s Protagonist

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Marriage Wears a Lacy, White Cape: On Big Love’s Protagonist

Istate the obvious: every story needs a protagonist. The corollary to that statement is every protagonist needs an antagonist. There would be boring stories all around without these elements. Imagine a story beginning and ending with, “A boy rides a bike. The End.” We need more! So we say, “A boy rides a bike, tears streaming down his face and his shirt torn to shreds while the school bully races behind him with [...]

The Dance Between Actor and Audience

You know those moments where there is something you’ve been wanting to tell someone, but you’re too afraid of the consequences? Have you ever had those moments where you read a book, a magazine, a blog, and you suddenly realize you’re not alone? That someone believes in the same things that you do?

Theatre is that for me. It’s the one place I feel safe from judgement. A place where I can be vulnerable, [...]

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