Travelling Role! 4 Practical Tips for Acting Away From Home

Once an actor you will need to be flexible because performances can be anywhere and travelling will be inevitable. You will need to be ready to cope in various weather conditions, meeting new people and even exploring new places.

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About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit performing theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create one of the highest reputed acting classes for kids in the area. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

Rock and Roll Night: 7 Exciting Prom Theme Ideas

Make prom one of the most memorable nights of the year with an exciting, innovative theme. Budget prom ideas are readily available online which means that you can make your one of a kind theme come together in no time without breaking the bank. Here are seven creative ideas to get you started:Mask Party Continue reading

About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit performing theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create one of the highest reputed acting classes for kids in the area. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

Tune Up Your Instruments Before an Orchestral Delight

Tune Up Your Instruments

Orchestral musical instruments are simple to tune for kids or adults, although tuning techniques vary among conductors. Since acoustic instruments do not have precise tuning, however, sometimes it can take awhile to get pitch within an acceptable range. Temperature is a factor that can interfere with tuning, especially if there’s too much heat, although warm temperature helps. It’s a good idea for all musicians to arrive early to make sure their instruments are in tune with each other.

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About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit performing theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create one of the highest reputed acting classes for kids in the area. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

8 Virtuous New Year’s Intentions for Actors

People from all walks of life make resolutions on New Year’s about everything from losing weight to pursuing a new career to becoming a better person. Actors are no exception. If you need a new incentive to better your acting career this year, consider making one or more of the following eight virtuous New Year’s resolutions:

New Year Resolutions For Actors

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About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit musical theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create highly reputed music and theater classes. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

6 Tips for Last Minute Preparations for Christmas Program

Your kids Christmas program will be the highlight of their grade school years. You will feel proud watching your children perform. You can be certain that you will shed a tear or two. However, before you get leave for the program be sure that everything is taken care of. There is a lot going on with one the holidays and two this big event. Make sure you’ve got everything you or your child will need.Arts & Learning Conservatory Continue reading

About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit musical theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create highly reputed music and theater classes. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

5 Ground Rules to Sit in an Orchestra

As a general rule of orchestra seating, instrument sections are arranged by their type and pitch. Brass instruments are in one section while woodwinds are in another. Strings also have their own section just as percussion instruments have their own section.

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About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit performing theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create a highly reputed program. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

The 5 Most Popular Christmas Carols That Set a Tradition

Christmas is by far the most favored holiday for pretty much everyone around the world. Family traditions are passed down from generation to generation, many based on the many Christmas carols, foods and gift traditions.

Christmas CarolsCarols are traditional pieces of music that specifically center on the Christmas holiday and the many activities included in the season. The following are among some of the favored Christmas carols.

“Silent Night” is one of the oldest Christmas carols known. It evokes the solemnity of the season and reminds families of the holiday’s religious significance. It is often sung by carolers as the last song of the evening to wind down the night’s festivities.

“O Holy Night” has been a holiday favorite for decades. The song reminds listeners of the beauty of the holidays as well as its spiritual connections. Its slow melody allows for reflection and is a family favorite most often played while decorating the house or baking for the holidays.

“Joy to the World” just puts celebration in the air. Traditions based on this upbeat carol include spending time with family and friends and decorating the home for family gatherings. While rich in spiritual meaning, it is uplifting and a popular favorite of carolers.

“O Christmas Tree” has been the traditional favorite played while families set up and decorate the holiday tree. The carol originated in Germany under the name “O, Tannenbaum”, and has since become a worldwide favorite.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is a favorite with families who have small children. The song helps to build the excitement and expectation of the children and allows adults to relive fond childhood memories by renewing old family traditions.

About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit performing theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create a highly reputed program. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

4 Ways to Help Your Child Who Is Acting Up at School

A child’s disruptive behavior at school not only inhibits their growth but the growth of those around them. Here are four things that you can do to curb your child’s negative behavior in the classroom:

Identify and Avoid TriggersChildren Behavior Issues
Children respond negatively to ‘triggers,’ stimuli which denote harm or may render the child vulnerable in some way. Identify your child’s triggers and seek to avoid them. Often the trigger is instrumental to growth. In these circumstances provide positive distractions. Your child will develop healthy methods of coping with the trigger over time.

Develop a Behavior Modification Plan
It’s important to have a plan in place for when your child acts up. Look for patterns in your child’s behavior and impose equal consequences as the behavior resurfaces. Enlist counseling services or behavioral therapy to facilitate the process if the need arises. When your child throws a tantrum, they are trying to manipulate your behavior. Stay in control. Do not engage the child with anger. Instead, walk away to show your child that inappropriate behavior will be met with negative results. If a child becomes violent take measures to ensure his safety and the safety of others as well.

Confront Your Child
Approach your child when he is happy, engaged and in control. Inform him that the behavior in which he has been engaging is inappropriate. Ask your child how he feels about his behavior and let him speak. Work with your child to help him develop productive and behaviorally appropriate ways to deal with stress.

Diffuse and Discuss
Inform your child that you will listen to his problems if he can use an indoor voice to express them. The more you satisfy his need to get problems off his chest the more receptive he will be to the examples that you set.

About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit performing theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create a highly reputed program. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

Children’s Theatre Receives a Tiny Triumph: An Overlook

One of the most rewarding opportunities as a child is being able to be involved in performing arts which include theater, dance and music. Each of these adds discipline to the child and helps build their self-confidence and a desire to participate in community activities.

Role of performing artsEven though children’s theater has not received adequate recognition in the past, it is a growing movement in America which now thrives more on generating ideas than goods. The arts, although not always respected to the degree should be in the education system. This enables children to set goals and expand their imaginations.

Improving Education with Arts
An area of social concern which needs attention is how to prepare young people for the adult world during an era of economic uncertainty. Lack of concern for theater is a problem in itself because it points to a lack of concern about enriching people’s mind with inspiring content.

If the education system focuses more on the fact that the arts create value it might inspire young people to envision new ways to earn a living. Innovation is starting to become the most essential key to successful business whereas last century creativity was often overlooked in business. That’s why it’s important for kids to nurture their creativity at an early age.

Benefits of Theater
Children’s theater in particular opens the mind to new challenges and helps kids overcome fears of performing in front of an audience. It also teaches them about social skills, teamwork, articulation and other core elements of success. Offering children arts at a young age inspires them to improve their literacy, memorization, organizational skills, posture and development of an outgoing personality. Not to discredit sports but theater helps promote teamwork that is safer than sports while helping kids learn from their mistakes. It also connects the mind and heart and increases attention span.

About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit musical theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create highly reputed music and theater classes. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.

The 6 Best Methods to Cry Convincingly When Acting

Every actor must learn to cry on cue for stage performances as well as television and movie filming. Crying convincingly is not an easy feat. However, with proper technique and preparation, it is a skill that any actor can learn and execute with ease. Take note of the following six methods for crying convincingly when acting to get you started.

  1. Concentrate on what crying looks like.How Do Actors Cry
    Attempt to stiffen your eye muscles, open your eyes a little wider, and resist the urge to blink. Think about how your upper back shakes and the whole body withers and crunches together a bit.
  2. Think about something sad.
    Focus on anything that makes you sad from a painful memory to a situation that makes you sympathetic. Sometimes sympathy can lead to grief, which then descends to crying.
  3. Make your eyes water.
    There are a couple common techniques for getting your eyes to water. The first is to hold your breath right before you begin a scene. The second is to make yourself yawn but then suppress the yawn. This method not only makes your eyes water but also makes your lip tremble as though you are going to start crying.
  4. Let the tears carry the expression.
    Nothing says phony like a face that screams, “Hey, I’m trying to cry!” Instead of making extreme, scrunched up faces, let the tears carry the mood.
  5. Keep a bottle of eye drops on hand.
    A bottle of eye drops can give you the aesthetic that you need in a pinch before a big scene when you don’t want to keep people waiting. While it may not be authentic, it will still be believable for the audience.
  6. Own your acting space.
    Allow ample time to prepare and do your work in a professional manner.

About Debora Wondercheck

Debora Wondercheck is the Executive Director of Arts and Learning Conservatory, a non-profit performing theatre school in Santa Ana, California. Debora has been with A&L for the past 7 years, where she has produced over 40 productions and helped create a highly reputed program. She loves inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.