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    Going Mic-less

    Under theater conditions, the unenhanced power of the human voice has been severely challenged since, well, probably 1964, when Carol Channing was amplified in "Hello, Dolly!"

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    Johnny Ferretti...Got the Part

    Know your "type" and submit only when appropriate are basic rules every actor should follow, yet many do not. Fortunately for Johnny Ferretti, he has made these rules the foundation of his pursuit of acting.

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    Looking Back, Moving On

    If you've auditioned for a commercial in Los Angeles at any time in the past 28 years, you've likely been in Danny Goldman's office.

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    Singing Their Hearts Out

    "The challenge in doing a Stephen Sondheim show is that the bar is raised so high," says Aaron Lazar, who plays the buffoonish Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music."

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    How Failure Worked for Me

    For years I had a deeply personal secret. Only family and acquaintances I knew from the era of bell-bottom pants and Ford Pintos were aware of my shame: I failed seventh grade.

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    Richard Maltby Jr. on Zoe Caldwell in 'The Way of the World'

    Zoe Caldwell, I never met you, but you changed my life. And isn't that what theater is all about, changing the lives of people you'll never meet?

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    Pet Peeves Actors Have About Their Agents and Managers

    Noncommunication heads the list-from agents refusing to answer questions directly, if at all, to completely ignoring phone calls or emails or messages left on their Facebook page.

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    Dream Works

    I knew deep down when I left that position to move to California and pursue my passion, it truly would be an arduous road. I just didn't realize how bumpy it would be.

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    Readers Share Their 'Back Stage' Stories

    Thanks, Back Stage readers, for your kind words in celebration of our 50th anniversary. We couldn't have come this far without you. Here's to the next 50 years!

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    Kissing Comment, Class Flack

    I've never had to kiss another actor at an audition, even at callbacks. Can you imagine? Four people called back for each role and you end up smooching by proxy with all of them?