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The Character Lives

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ToM Talks: The Character Lives
The author of "Carver's Manual on Community Theatre Directing",  James Carver, tells how to bring life and depth to any character, large or small, and make it truly memorable.

Community theatre directing is a role that involves overseeing and guiding the creative process of a community theatre production. Community theatre refers to theatrical performances produced and performed by members of a local community, often on a voluntary or amateur basis.

Here are some key aspects of community theatre directing:

  1. Selection of Play: The director is responsible for choosing the play or musical that will be performed. They consider factors such as the interests and talents of the community members, the available resources, and the audience's preferences.
  2. Casting: The director holds auditions and selects actors for various roles in the production. In community theatre, actors may have varying levels of experience, and the director must work with a diverse group of performers.
  3. Rehearsals: The director conducts rehearsals to bring the script to life. They work with the actors on character development, blocking (stage movement), and delivery of lines.
  4. Set and Costume Design: While community theatre productions may have limited budgets, the director collaborates with designers and volunteers to create the visual aspects of the play, including sets, props, and costumes.
  5. Collaboration: Community theatre directing involves working closely with the production team, including stage managers, lighting designers, sound technicians, and more, to ensure a cohesive and polished production.
  6. Teaching and Coaching: In many cases, community theatre directors act as teachers, guiding actors and crew members with varying levels of experience and skill. They may offer acting workshops or provide individual coaching to improve performances.
  7. Community Engagement: Community theatre directors often foster a sense of community engagement and involvement. They encourage local participation, not only in the cast and crew but also in the audience.
  8. Adaptability: Community theatre directors need to be adaptable and resourceful, as they often work with limited budgets, time constraints, and varying levels of talent.
  9. Promotion and Marketing: Directors may also be involved in promoting the production and attracting an audience to attend the performances.

Community theatre directing can be a fulfilling experience, as it allows directors to connect with their local community, nurture artistic talents, and bring the magic of theatre to a broader audience. It is an opportunity to create a shared experience and build a sense of camaraderie within the community.
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