The Big Break

Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

The Big Break: In the Spotlight

This week on our audio diary series "The Big Break," Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks gets a nice surprise during her last public performance. Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach closes "Dracula" without ever going on for the role she understudied, but she already knows she'll take the stage in "A Christmas Story" during student matinees. In "Cinderella," Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond learns there's no such thing as a small role. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

The Big Break: What's Your Type?

  • Samantha, Claire and Brad reflect on playing to and against their types.

This week on our audio diary series "The Big Break," Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach prepares for mock auditions while learning how to embrace being cast as a certain type. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks goes through the process of developing her character for her very first public performance with the company, while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond switches from villain to comic relief in "Cinderella."

Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Big Break: A Break in Routine

  • Samantha works in the literary department, Claire kicks back in the dancers' lounge and Brad's family comes to town.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach pulls a shift in the literary department and sees herself in the incoming ten-minute play scripts. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks takes us inside the dancer's lounge, while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond balances family time with the rigors of the stage. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about life in Louisville's professional arts companies.

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Big Break: The Second Shift

  • Claire takes a second job, Samantha works a festival fundraiser and Brad finds time for work and for play.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks moonlights as a teacher, while Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach works a fundraiser for the theater's annual Humana Festival. Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond figures out how to make his busy rehearsal schedule accommodate his second job and his first love. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about life in Louisville's professional arts companies.

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Big Break: Epiphanies

  • This week, Claire Horrocks (Louisville Ballet) experiences her first full company ballet ("Lady of the Camellias") and realizes it's not always about dancing, while Samantha Beach (Actors Theatre of Louisville) thinks about forming good artistic habits sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Brad Raymond (Kentucky Opera) reflects on his role in "The Prodigal Son."

This week on our new audio diary series “The Big Break,” Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks experiences her first full production, while Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach tries to figure out how to set good artistic habits for her future. Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond reflects on his most recent show, "The Prodigal Son."

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about what it's like to work in a professional performing arts company.

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Big Break: Rehearsals and Auditions

  • Listen to rehearsal process for "Lady of the Camellias" and "The Prodigal Son" from Claire Horrocks (Louisville Ballet) and Brad Raymond (Kentucky Opera) and hear about holiday auditions from Samantha Beach (Actors Theatre).

This week on our new audio diary series “The Big Break,” Louisville Ballet trainee takes us inside rehearsals for "Lady of the Camellias" with choreographer Val Caniparoli. Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach contemplates holiday audition season and Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond, fresh off his turn as evil henchman Spoletta "Tosca," prepares for another devilish role in "The Prodigal Son."

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The Big Break: Inside Tech Week

  • We go inside tech week for "Dracula" with Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach and "Tosca" with Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond.

This week on our new audio diary series “The Big Break,” Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach and Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond take us inside tech week, the full rehearsals leading up to opening night.

Samantha captures the sounds of "Dracula" from underneath the Bingham Theatre stage and tells us what "rat down!" means, while Brad explains how a bad voice day can throw off an entire "Tosca" tech rehearsal.

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

The Big Break: Introducing Our Young Artists in Residence

Every season, performing arts companies take on a group of young up-and-comers who will work, and learn, with the pros. The Louisville Ballet calls them trainees. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, they’re apprentices.

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