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Welcome to CMM Theatre blog page! I hope it can provide you with some useful knowledge! Have you thought about putting your child in to a performing arts school or thought about applying for one yourself but can't decide if it is the right decision? I think we all have tbh! I am also one of those people! 

I have spent years in and out of the industry, always trying to find new jobs and hobbies, but I always find myself back here, why? Because performance brings me so much happiness, confidence, imagination and motivation I couldn't ever imagine myself in another world.

I have put together some topics that I get asked about allllll the time. I get asked a lot about everything to do with performing arts and I have narrowed it down to these! Why theatre? Are they going to make a career from it? Will it make my child more confident? Is it worth it? How can I be a better actor/dancer/singer?

All beautifully valid questions so here you are! 


❓Why Should I Put My Child Into Performing Arts? 

1) Builds Confidence
2) Helps Concentration
3) Language and Communication
4) Cooperation
5)Understanding
6) Emotional Intelligence
7) Physical Development
8) Creativity
9) Friendship
10) Boosts Imagination

Theatre classes are designed with an idea of pushing people out of their comfort zones and showcase their innovative skills. In a very subtle way, it works on your soft skills, making you ready and helps you connect with people by communicating effectively 🎭  Here at CMM Theatre, we thrive of subtly pushing our students out of their comfort zones in order to allow them to see their own potential. To understand that we are more than we think we are! 


🎭Ways To Help Kids Boost Their Confidence😁

1) Teach POSITIVE self talk - choose 3 positive words and ask them to repeat them everyday! (I am….I am….I am….)

2) Encourage a GROWTH mindset - believing their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work!

3) Remind kids of their STRENGTHS

4) Give chances for EVERY kid to shine!

5) Teach and discuss RESILIENCE - being able to recover quickly from difficulties

6) Encourage kids to follow THEIR passions

7) Help kids to set and meet individual goals - this gives them long-term vision and short term motivation. Goals help you align your focus and promote a sense of self-mastery!

CMM promotes these techniques at all time, our moto is to always ‘Be The Best You’


10 ACTING TIPS! 🎭

1. Learn your lines so well that you never have to worry about them.

2. Keep a notebook about the play, the character, the period, your moves. It'll help you remember what you have done so far – especially if you're having to rehearse in your spare time rather than all day, every day.

3. Never go dead for a second on stage. Even if you are doing nothing, do it actively. Listen.

4. If something goes wrong – say someone drops something – don't ignore it. Try to deal with it in character.

5. Warm up your voice and body. Get used to the size of the auditorium; if you don't know it already, go to the worst seats in the house and have conversations with people on the stage so you get to know what kind of energy is needed to be heard.

6. Be ambitious.

7. DON'T LOOK AT THE AUDIENCE! Unless it is in the script, never look at the audience. You setting is the only location your character is aware of, you, on the other hand are the only one away of all those people staring at you.

8. Try not to worry about embarrassing yourself. That's a lifetime's task.

9. The Victorian actor Henry Irving said: "Speak clearly and be human"

10. Have fun: be as serious as you like, but enjoy yourself.

 

These are CMM's daily rituals! We live and breath these tips!  


SONGS TO AVOID FOR DRAMA SCHOOL AUDITION! 

Have you ever been stuck for what song to sing or what NOT to sing for an audition??? 

I am sharing with you 5 things to AVOID when choosing your audition song! 

I hope this is helpful to you! 

 

1: Don't sing anything from LES MIS - Lets be honest, everyone knows these songs and even though we love a LES MIS production, they are suuuuper popular and so well known that it's best to avoid them! 

2: Stick to a song in your age range (your character age) - Your auditioning to a school as YOURSELF - YES you are auditioning for a character but you also trying to give an accurate representation of yourself! 

3: Avoid songs that are difficult to cut! - Some schools ask for just  2minutes of a song (most songs are around 3-4mins) and by cutting them down may prohibit you from telling the full story and may stop you from showing all the best bits of your voice off!! If you have a song that is difficult to cut, it may compromise your audition! 

4: AVOID songs that is out of your range! - Its soooo much better to sing a song in your range, show the BEST of your ability! You can still show off and sing a great song without hitting the highest notes! Do not regret choosing a song out that's completely of your range! 

5: AVOID singing a song from a role you would never play - As well as showing your vocals off, they are also looking at where you fit best into the industry! When they audition you, they're looking at where you fit in the future! What is your casting type? What type of characters could you play? By being cautious of this will show them that you have knowledge of yourself!