Blocking a play can be a real pain in the ass. It’s not really fun for anyone. But it has to be done, and if the Director / The AD, schedule the blocking smartly, actors don’t have to spend too many hours waiting. But, some waiting is inevitable. TAG Hawaii - The Actors Group - Acting - Theatre - blocking a play - Vanya and Sonya And Masha and Spike The waiting is fine for me, as I can entertain myself easily, but it depends on the director and the atmosphere in the room, maybe it doesn’t feel inappropriate to sit n your phone or doodle while other actors are on stage being blocked.Acting advice - learning lines - TAG Hawaii - The Actors Group - Acting - Theatre - blocking a play - Vanya and Sonya And Masha and Spike Then there is always going over your lines. Making your own doodles in your script to help you, notes and thoughts. Then at least, you look professional.. Haha. When I was in acting school and had to learn lines, I found that reading them literally over and over again got them to stick. And when they get so boring that you hate them, yo play little games with the sentences and the words and try different nuances, and obviously do the whole -what is my intention, bla bla bla… Then I’ll get someone else with the accent I’m working on to record them all for me and listen to it OVER AND OVER … That helps me so much. ON my bike, at the gym, cleaning the house and speaking alongside it. And of course, including the cue’s before the line so you know when it’s coming up. After I know my lines so well that I hate them, I love them again when I don’t have to worry about them at all, but let them flow freely while rehearsing / performing it on stage. TAG Hawaii - The Actors Group - Acting - Theatre - blocking a play - Vanya and Sonya And Masha and Spike  - Jasmin Please Actress - Acting advice This is my first play here in Hawaii, and the community at TAG is really friendly and inclusive. The play Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike is SO funny, a real witty, darkly comical play that I reckon everyone and anyone could like. I reckon it would be a great first play for People that have never been to the theater before. We are almost done blocking the play, which is the physical groundwork for it, and after this, it gets exciting.  Acting Hawaii TAG Hawaii - The Actors Group - Acting - Theatre - blocking a play - Vanya and Sonya And Masha and Spike The difference between doing a play in the US and in the UK, SEEMS to be, (in my experience so far, with this one and backstage with Honolulu Theater for youth), the breaks are shorter, they drink coffee instead of tea and there is NO biscuits! What..? I do not function well without it.. looks like I am going to have to bring my own. Also, people waltz in LATE… That might be a Hawaii – time thing, but gosh it’s annoying. TAG Hawaii - The Actors Group - Acting - Theatre - blocking a play - Vanya and Sonya And Masha and Spike So here is our productions promotion poster… Yeah. I think it’s terrible. It includes a lot of objects that are in the play and hints very UNSUBTLY that it is a comedy, but it doesn’t show the class the play has and the darkness in it, and even I could do better. But. Do not be discouraged, if you find yourself in Honolulu on the above dates, do come; -it’s gonna be GRAND!

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