A Book for Young Performers
Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9780887768996, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
Young Amaya is auditioning for a role in a professional play. Although she longs to perform, she is about to learn how much team effort and hard work is involved.
As the reader follows her progress from a nervous hopeful at an audition through the fittings for costumes, the rehearsals, the memory work, and even stage fright, Dirk McLean introduces the many people and jobs involved in staging a play. A glossary provides descriptions of terms like casting, choreography, and blocking. Written by an author with extensive firsthand theater experience, this is a must-have resource for young children who are performers. And for those who only dream of a career on stage, it is entertaining to share Amaya's journey and to feel the thrill of a peek behind the scenes.
FRANCE BRASSARD has been fascinated by illustration since she received a tiny picture book in a Christmas stocking when she was a small child. After studying both interior and graphic design, she became an illustrator herself in the 1990s. With several books to her credit, she lives in a small city in Quebec with her son, Luke.