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    When Life Hands You Lemons...Sing Through It

    Today, for the first time, my voice malfunctioned in an audition. Contrary to what I would have expected, the sky didn't come crashing down.

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    Talent Never Ages

    Sometimes, I can't believe it. I'm performing with an Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner, with a woman whose career shines alongside those of many of Hollywood's brightest stars.

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    The Secrets of Casting

    Why, if you think you've done a good audition, might you not be chosen? It's so hard to stomach that, when you've put yourself on the line.

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    Anecdotes from Back Stage Staff and Contributors

    "At the risk of sounding like Elaine Paige in the current revival of "Follies," I started working at Back Stage in the early 1980s and I'm still here." - David Sheward, executive editor

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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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    To Be an Actor

    Excerpted from "Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain," by Hal Holbrook.

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    Permission to Laugh Again

    Ten years ago, "Saturday Night Live" gave a grieving America permission to laugh again. Certainly, no sane person could find humor in the horror that was Sept. 11, 2001.

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    From Our Readers

    In response to our Audition Issue (Aug. 18), we heard from actors with their own audition tales. Here are two.

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    A Transition Toolbox

    Whether you are just starting out as an actor, thinking of leaving the business, or changing roles within the business, going through a transition can be complicated and emotionally draining.

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    Back Stage Addresses Audition Questions

    Welcome to our first-ever Audition Issue, which we hope addresses a number of common questions and obstacles that actors have in getting seen for roles.