One of our most recent members, Becki Cockcroft, writes about our Read Through process...
Hello. I can see you lurking... it's safe to come out. I was once like you - looking longingly at those with the guts to get up on the stage and lark about to entertain others. It's hard, when you've got that passion theatre but struggle to get over that initial speed bump of getting started.
A great way to get started with Duston Players is to come along to a Read Through. This is the first meeting of the group's members at the beginning of a new production, and it's exactly what it says on the tin - a chance to read through the play.
But walking into a room full of strangers who probably all know each other is a daunting thought, especially when you're not really sure what to expect. That's certainly how I felt at the start of the year before I stepped into the Willow Room for the first time... but I quickly found out I needn't have worried! So, in light of my own experience, I thought it might be handy for those of you reading this, curiously wondering if Duston Players might be for you, to explain how the read through typically works.
1. Everyone gathers in the Willow Room at Berrywood Hospital.
This is where the bulk of our rehearsals take place too, it's a great space with comfy chairs just upstairs from the main reception (where you can ask for directions, the receptionists are lovely)
2. You grab a chair and join the circle.
That sounds a bit hippyish but we all sit around, on our comfy chairs, in as big a circle as we need for everyone to see each other. This is a good chance to introduce yourself to the people either side of you. It might take a while for the place to fill up - someone will always be running late (naming no names... they know who they are...)
3. The Director/s will talk about the play
Well, that's pretty self explantory really...
4. Time to choose a character
All of the different roles will have been written down on pieces of paper with a few details about their character, and placed in the middle of the all important circle! It's important to note here that you don't have to read if you don't want to. There's no expectations on anyone, especially not newcomers! If you do want to read though, don't be disheartened if someone beats you to the character you had an eye on, there will be plenty of chances to swap and change throughout the evening.
5. Discussion of Auditions
Audition pieces will be handed out, or emails taken for them to be sent to.
And that's about it! Nothing to be worried about. Although, you can always send us an email if you've got any more questions or concerns before you come along. We're a friendly bunch, I promise.
If you're interested in getting involved, whether that's acting, or backstage, or you fancy helping out with the set builds, we'd love you to come along. Perhaps you've got a knack for sewing, or photography, or selling tickets? Any and all skills are greatfully received and put to good use.