Professionals

These are the stories/memories of some of the professional actors who have 'trodden the boards' here at Chestefield Civic/ Pomegranate Theatre. 

The website www.careerplanner.com lists the following as duties, skills and abilities associated with the job of an Actor - we think there's also a touch of magic required! 

Job Duties and Tasks 

1) Attend auditions and casting calls in order to audition for roles.

2) Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.

3) Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other in order to develop role interpretations.

4) Perform humorous and serious interpretations of emotions, actions, and situations, using body movements, facial expressions, and gestures.

5) Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements in order to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.

6) Sing and/or dance during dramatic or comedic performances.

7) Study and rehearse roles from scripts in order to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.

8) Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.

9) Manipulate strings, wires, rods, or fingers to animate puppets or dummies in synchronization with talking, singing, or recorded programs.

Skills 

1) Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively.

2) Monitoring -- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

3) Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

4) Social Perceptiveness -- Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

5) Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Abilities 

1) Oral Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

2) Memorization -- The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

3) Originality -- The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

4) Speech Clarity -- The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

5) Written Comprehension -- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

6) Fluency of Ideas -- The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

7) Oral Comprehension -- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

8) Visualization -- The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

9) Near Vision -- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).