Sep 10

Community Theater Schedule – A Typical Actor’s Day

By Sami DeSocio

Being a community theatre actor (for now) is nothing like being on Broadway, clearly. But, just like actors on Broadway, we all have our own daily routines before hitting the theater for the night. I compared my schedule to that of Andrew Kober of Les Miserables.

  • 7:00 AM: I wake up and beg my alarm clock for fifteen more minutes. I get up anyway and quickly get ready to go to work.
  • 7:15 AM: get dressed, brush teeth, brush hair, make myself coffee, grab my lunch from the fridge and grab a muffin to eat once I get to work.
  • 8:15 AM: Pull into the parking lot of my day job and convince myself It’s going to be a good day! I have a show tonight!
  • 8:30 AM: the day has officially started and I’m off and running, making and receiving phone calls all morning.
  • 10:0o AM:Company gets a company wide 15 minute break. I pull out some music I’m working on for a competition and sit at my desk, eyes closed and study the piece.
  • 10:15 AM: back to work on the phones. I keep looking at the clock since the muffin I had wasn’t enough to keep my stomach from growling at me.
  • 12:15 PM: lunch time! I sit with co-workers, but I use that time working on a mental line reading for the show.
  • 1:00: back to the phones!
  • 3:00 PM another company wide break. This time, I use my break to get on my surface tablet and get some writing done on a skit I’m working on.
  • 3:15 PM: an hour and some change until I can leave!
  • 5:00 PM: log off my computer and run out the door like the building’s on fire so I can get to the theater on time!
  • 5:45 PM: WAWA! There’s no way I can do a show without coffee, some food, and some chips!
  • 6:00 PM: call is in a half hour, but I’m here early to get myself together and wait for people. Kind of my pre-show ritual.
  • 6:15 PM: everyone starts showing up and there’s a great buzz in the air as we get ready for the show!
  • 8:00 PM:– show time! Let’s do this!
  • 9:00 PM:– intermission! Quickly eating whatever we can because you can hear the collective stomachs of the cast groaning from bad grease.
  • 10:15 PM: Great show!  A few of us decide to grab something real to eat at a place down the road. My friend jokes she needs a ‘grown up drink’ (we’re over 21!).
  • 12:30- I finally take all my make up off, brush my teeth, and crawl into bed, where I know I’ll be awake and on facebook until I fall asleep.
  • If you want to compare my day to Andrew’s, he just did something similar over a

While being a community theater actor might not be completely glamorous like the life of a Broadway actor, we all have our own ‘life schedules’ that make up our routines, on and offstage.

What’s yours?

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