ONE: Practice. Practice to the point you almost don't have to look at your notes. Practice looking up. Practice pushing the advance for your next slide. Practice walking to the front of the room. Practice smiling. Yes, you must practice all the details that you want to happen because once there's someone watching, everything tries to go wrong. Not everything will but nerves get in the way. Just so you know, those who do improvisation, practice. Oh, they can't rehearse every thing an audience might throw at them but they practice the games over and over. It takes a lot of practice to act natural.
TWO: Pretend you're not scared. Or nervous. If it makes you feel any better, we get nervous right before EVERY show. Every show! You'd think we'd get used to it. Yes and no. We get used to being nervous! But we don't let it stop us. Don't let fear stop you either. Make sure you practice a lot, then pretend you're not scared. After you're done and no one is around to see you, then you can sigh, wipe the smile off your face, and empty your stomach if you have to.
Break a leg!
Because we just realized an error we made concerning our upcoming Double Play Saturday, we can't help but think about making mistakes.
It's not quite as deadly as one might think--Embarrassing, Costly, Time consuming but not deadly.
In live theatre, something ALWAYS goes...well, maybe it's just not right. You could say that something went wrong but sometimes it isn't as bad as "wrong" more than it's not quite "right," or at least not what was expected.
When I direct kids, I always warn them, "Something will go wrong. Deal with it and KEEP GOING." One year, part of the scenery fell over. The kids picked it up, and picked up their lines and kept going. Another year, we had a cast member not show up, so the other kids divided her lines among them and kept going. At an outdoor performance, the scenery started blowing away and my 9 year old actress leaned over and caught it while she was saying her lines. It was brilliant.
So rather than not doing something because you might get it wrong, just take the blunder (apologize where needed) and keep going.
By the way, our Double Play Saturday for December is on the 17th not what was previously posted on Cwerks stuff.