Friday, January 31, 2014

Teen Opportunities at McCarter Theatre

I'm a big fan of McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Not only do we regularly attend their productions, but all of my children took classes there and both of my daughters worked for them.

So I am happy to pass along this announcement  about an upcoming audition (Monday, February 10th) for aspiring teen actors (13-16, non-equity) who live in the greater Princeton area. The plays are 2 classics-The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro-and will be performed in repertory from April 1st through May 4th.

In addition to the opportunity to perform in the Ensemble, the announcement (scroll down to the bottom) includes details about applying for a summer volunteer apprenticeship. McCarter is offering the following apprenticeships: 

  • Assistant Choreographer
  • Teaching Artist Assistant
  • Costumes
  • Lighting 
  • Production Assistant
  • Props
  • Scenic Design
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Summer Camp Pre/Post Care
I hope you'll let us know if you join the cast of The Figaro Plays so we can look for you on stage!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Parents, Teens and Starting College

Happy 2014!

Our college-bound high school seniors have submitted (or are close to submitting!) their college applications and our college students are home for winter break, so this seems to be an appropriate time to talk about the question parents most often ask me: How can I best prepare my teen for college?

Parents are usually asking me about the academic piece--what should teens be learning and what's the best way to learn it? The answer to that question is wide-ranging and varies according to each teen's skills, abilities, and goals-- if that's the question you would like me to answer, shoot me an email and we'll set up an appointment!

But an equally important question is: How can we best prepare teens for independent living? In other words,  how can teens learn the time management and self-discipline skills that are so crucial for success in college and in life?

The short answer: it's a process, and like any skill, the more you practice, the more capable you become. This KCUR-NPR interview of psychologist Wes Crenshaw and current college freshmen offers insights into the freshman college experience along with helpful advice on how to prepare for success.