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Gaston ..any acting tips ? 
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Post Gaston ..any acting tips ?
I got the role of gaston and have callbacks on wednesday....i want to know some acting tips on portrayal of his specific character ...im in a highschool play...

any other gastons out there? Or maybe u just know how to portray him and give some gooood tips ?

thanks!


Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:03 pm
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Post Hope this helps!
Hi!

I've seen the B&B musical several times including the official national tour about 4 or 5 years ago. The way I'd describe Gaston is that he acts like Zapp Brannigan from Futurama except more assertive and mean.

If you need additional there's a segment of a professional production online at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jat5LapPv6c

Unfortunately it's in german and you really need broadband or a really fast internet connection for it to load quickly, but the Gaston portrayal in the video clip is very true to what is done on broadway.

Hope this helps and please let me know what happens!


Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:48 pm
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work on Posture. It is huge for his role and alot of Gastons dont really change it. HEad and Chin up shoulders down. Umm lets see find a quirk that helps you realte to the charactor. Mine was an Eye Brow that I constantly used when I smile. Now im not saying im perfect but these things helped me stand out I think. Heres is a couple pictures of examples. If you have anymore questions let me know I would love to help.



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Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:15 am
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ok kool thanks for the info


Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:14 pm
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On the line, "Pumpkin, extend with me" make a motion indicating a pregnant belly. A lot of Gastons turn this into a double-entendre that doesn't work with a Disney show, or a silly muscle-extension pose. But the pregnant belly gets a laugh every time i see it.

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Monsieur D'Arque wrote:
On the line, "Pumpkin, extend with me" make a motion indicating a pregnant belly. A lot of Gastons turn this into a double-entendre that doesn't work with a Disney show, or a silly muscle-extension pose. But the pregnant belly gets a laugh every time i see it.


For that particular line, I had pulled Belle in real close moments before and forced her to lean outwards at that point while grasping our hands, thus causing our arms to literally extend.

As for general advice, I'll reiterate what was said about posture. That's key.

As much as I hate the thought, the audience sadly also seemed to respond well to overacting. But your casting director (hopefully) might not.

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Hey I'm playing Monsieur d'arque in an upcoming play, does anyone have tips for me?


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Monsieur D'Arque is THE creepiest character in the show. One way to really make him creepy is to stay bent over when walking. Also, be mindful of how big you gesture or how fast you move. I recommend watching the movie to get a feel for him.


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Post Re: Gaston ..any acting tips ?
It's all in the walk (swagger) and voice! Don't let your voice go to low but keep it rich in tone when speaking. Oh and don't be afraid to watch the cartoon, that's the best thing you can do.

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