Yes, we can sometimes cry for real, but we use different techniques to connect to our emotions. We don’t want to use something that makes us really sad, that we won’t be able to get through in the show, because that’s not safe for us to deal with in the middle of the show. We save that emotional processing for later usually. Most of the actors have done quite a bit of training in different techniques for connecting to our emotions while we’re acting.
Thanks for the awesome question!
There is mesh in the mouth area where all of the suit characters can see from, but the eels mouth is just a lot more concealed than Yabbi and the seahorse so it’s a bit trickier to see!
Hope you enjoyed the show 🙂
We have all been through our different stages of nerves in performing. It’s very natural, and we’re also very accepting of the fact that it’s a natural part of being a performer. For all of us, we’ve realised in some way or another that we enjoyed other things about performing so we were able to work through our nerves and being shy.
Practising helps a lot too. We make sure that we rehearse a lot so that we can feel confident about the material that we’re performing 🙂
We have a few things we use for the water. We have some silk material that we wave around in the storm and then we use our painted sets, and fog and lighting effects to give the storm its full effect!
We get our swords from the guy who teaches us how to use them. His name is Kyle Rowling and he runs The Action Acting Academy in Sydney. He finds all of the right weapons for us to use, and teaches us how to use them all properly.
All of our actors have different amounts of experience. Some of us had done shows and performances with our schools. Some of us studied acting, singing and dancing outside of school as we were growing up. Some of us did stand up comedy. Some of us studied performing at university or at a specific performing arts school after high school.
So as you can see we’ve all come into Alpha Shows from different paths 😀