Nowadays, most people prefer a night at the movies than attending the representation of a classic play in a theater. It could be the popcorn, the sound surround system, the 3D glasses or the CGI that attracts more audiences to the movie halls than to the theaters.
Unfortunately, many viewers disregard the actual qualities of live performing artists in comparison with the heavily edited performances of onscreen actors. Here are a few aspects that you can only enjoy by watching a live play in a classic theater:
A stage actor has to be at the top of his theatric ability all the time. Regardless of the role, he has to give his best every time he gets on stage. To play a character, one must leave behind his real persona. Health problems, relationship issues, and even a life crisis belong in the backstage for a truly committed performer. On the other hand, movie actors can delay a few days of shooting or give a mediocre performance without worrying about an immediate response from their audiences.
A great performing artist has to catch the eye of the audience. This is the reason why one of his most important traits is the appeal, which translates as a form of pleasure and addiction that the viewer gets every time the actor is on stage. Some of the best performers do not even need dialogue to express themselves and can become a public's favorite simply by using his mimic and his tremendous charisma.
When a casting director is setting up the line-up for performance, he focuses on the flexibility of the actors that audition for the roles. It is highly important that the performer brings the character to life from his point of view and not by only reading the lines or waiting for the feedback. The more originality it brings to the literary figure, the bigger is the chance of landing the role.
It is easy for most stage actors to leave fame go to their heads, and become arrogant or ungrateful. A great performing artist has the utmost respect for everything and everyone in his line of work. An intelligent performer knows that there is something more to learn from older actors and new ways of expanding their playing style. A gratified artist is also aware of the influence he has on others, especially on younger artists, and tries to support and teach them tips on performing better.
Not all the actors have the gift of innate talent, which is a natural predisposition for performing arts. However, one can become a great performer if he invests a lot of time and hard work into his skills. In the end, a talent is just a form of continuous exercise. The more you practice, the better are the odds of becoming one of the best performers in the circuit. Many famous artists have found their calling simply by working every single day on their abilities until their qualities became undisputable.