General - Stage Presence

Stage presence is all about you on the stage and how you convey your performance to an audience. When performing, you must always remember that you are performing to an audience and your performance must be the best it can possibly be. The audience wants to be supportive, so you need to give them a show. The way you act on stage can show how confident or lacking in confidence you are. Eye contact with the audience is vital to ensure good stage presence.

Action

To be successful

Advice or tips to help you

1

· Never apologise

· Ensure that you don't let your mannerisms show you have made a mistake or forgotten something

· If you are confident that you have practised enough, then you should know how to get yourself out of a problem. Keep thinking about ways of getting yourself back on track - but remember not to show this to the audience.

· Remember to keep going and try not to smirk

· If something goes wrong, just keep on going. By using strong body language, you convey a sense of confidence. Strong body language and confident facial expression will hide little mistakes from the audience. One mistake will not ruin the performance - letting that mistake be the focus of the performance is what will affect your mark.

2

· Don't highlight little mistakes

· Hide little mistakes, as often they come across as being supposed to happen

· Make mistakes in rehearsal so that you know what it feels like and then do it again correctly.

· Enjoy your performance and show it to the best of your ability

· Perform in front of friends and add a mistake to see if they notice.

3

· Give your best performance and be confident

· Try not to show that you are nervous

· Thorough rehearsal will help you be more confident and hide some of your nerves.

· Have high expectations of yourself and your group

· Choose pieces that you can do well and you can succeed with. Anything that is too hard will not help you reach your full potential.

· Always try look confident on stage

· Eye contact with the audience shows that you are engaging with them. Practise in front of a small audience first and then build it up to a full performance with your target audience.

4

· Use appropriate movement

· Consider where is the best area in the space for you to move with confidence

· Each performance is different - so record yourself rehearsing in your performance space using different areas. Which area is the most effective for the audience?

· Ensure that your body is ready to perform

· Find a quiet area to think about what you are about to do. Take a few minutes to visualise your performance and focus on your best performance.

· Avoid over the top gestures/movements which might distract from the whole performance

· Gestures need to be controlled and specific. Asking a friend to watch your performance and give suggestions on your movements can support the performance.

5

· Practise in front of the mirror or record yourself

· Ensure that you know which impression you are giving the audience

· Really try to perform as if it is the examination in front of the mirror or on camera. This will show you clearly what the audience sees. Be ready to adapt, to ensure you convey the most confident polished performance.

· Observe the image you are trying to create on stage and be self-critical

· Seeing yourself in the mirror or in a recording will help you with the image you are trying to create on stage. You can see from this if you look natural or not. You are the best person to change what you are doing.

· Try to be relaxed when performing then you will look natural onstage or in the space. Looking at yourself can be embarrassing, but if you can overcome that and really look at the good points, your confidence will grow.

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· Observe others

· Pick up tips about things that work and things that don't by looking at others

· Watch other class members perform, maybe some older pupils, and pick up good tips such as confident body language or a strong voice.

· Watch professional people perform so that you consider your own performance

· By looking at live work or recorded work you can see what makes the performance strong. Is it their confidence? Is it the way they use the stage?

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· Practise in the space where you will be performing

· Be aware of the space that you are performing in so that you don't stand in the wrong place

· Check sound systems and balance

· Consider your position on stage for the best impact

· Make sure that you know where you should stand or perform for your whole performance. Have a few practices if possible to find the best position.

· Do a dress and tech run before your performance to ensure that the technical side of your performance is in balance for the audience. Can you be heard properly?

· Can the audience see you? Can you see the audience? If you go off stage, where is that? Knowing all this will give a more polished performance.