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Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting: A performer's guide viewed from both sides of the audition table (Methuen Drama) Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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Neil's encyclopedic knowledge of the profession, combined with his sense of fun, is invaluable, and his experience on both side of the casting desk make him uniquely qualified in his field. -- Christopher Luscombe, Award-Winning Director
Neil is a wonderfully knowledgeable, dynamic and very well respected casting director. His personal approach and understanding of the industry from both sides having also been an actor helps put actors at ease and enables them to deliver their best audition. -- Wendy Scozzaro, London Agent Neil's expertise is not only in casting but a comprehensive understanding of today's current musical theatre vocational training make him an outstanding voice in his field. -- Chris Hocking, Choreographer And Deputy Principal, Arts Educational School
Neil has several gifts and considerable wisdom when it comes to all things theatrical. A creative man blessed with wit and intelligence, and the power to communicate, he is deeply respected in the world of entertainment excellence. --Richard O'brien, Legendary Writer And Performer
About the Author
Originally an actor playing roles in London's West End, Neil Rutherford worked in production at the English National Opera before becoming Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group. In addition to his professional casting work worldwide, Neil regularly lectures in audition technique at major UK drama schools and events, holds masterclasses throughout the world, and has been an audition panelist, contributor and adviser to Channel 4, the BBC, ITV, BBC Performing Arts Fund, The Actors Centre, Spotlight Actors Publications, and numerous drama schools in the UK.
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Absolutely bursting with words of wisdom from someone who has been on BOTH sides of the audition table, this book offers help and advice along each and every step of an audition process. From letter writing and networking to choosing what to wear to choosing what to sing to professional conduct to what happens when you have left the audition room - with further advice and testimonials from industry professionals who are sitting on audition panels TODAY, this is nothing less than a perfect handbook for any auditionee.
Neil's writing is witty and honest, but above all reassures you that it is worth fighting in this over-populated, ever-competitive industry.
Stop contemplating buying it - put this book in your basket now.
It's a really good read and no doubt will stand you in good stead for an Audition.
Neil's book is easy to read, fun and very informative about the process and preparation that is needed, whether starting out or as an established performer in the industry. It gives an insight into what should be considered before even stepping into the audition arena and is written In such a way that is encouraging not dismissive.
Neil's DVD 'Audition Audition Audition' works perfectly alongside this book.
It will help focus your auditions and provide crucial advice you may not have been given. Neil Rutherford offers great insight into how the casting process works.
Couldn't put it down, funny honest and thought provoking, great advice and the repertoire chapter is a fantastic reference to help clean up your rep folder!