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Great Places To Hike In Los Angeles

If you are looking to escape the city and get some exercise there are many trails in and around the area that are great. From stunning views to complete solitude as well as easy trails to intense hikes, there’s something for everyone.

Runyon Canyon Loop

This 3 mile hike gives you incredible views of the Hollywood sign, L.A. Basin, and the Sunset Strip,  and is great for beginner hikers. However, don’t expect to have a peaceful hike, as this trail is often full of people. It does offer amazing views and good exercise and an occasional celebrity sighting.

Charlie Turner Trail To Mount Hollywood

This is another great hike for beginners or people looking to take a less intense hike. When you reach the peak of the hike, you will be at a clearing with picnic tables that allows you great views of the LA area. You’ll be able to see Downtown LA skyline, the observatory, and a close-up of the Hollywood sign. You can park at the Griffith Observatory and the trail is open from 5am – 1030pm.

Sunken City

This hike in San Pedro is definitely one that is noteworthy and should be checked out if you like abandoned towns and cool views. You will find a town that is basically a lost city due to a landslide a while back. Climbing around the ruins and checking out the awesome graffiti is a must.

Escondido Falls

This takes you to the highest waterfall in the Santa Monica Mountains and is usually a pretty crowded trails on the weekends. This is a slightly challenging 3.8-mile hike as you have to descend to a lower tier of the falls and then hike up to a higher tier, which is slippery and steep but offers you a better view of the falls.

Franklin Canyon Park

This park has over 5 miles of hiking trails and is the perfect nature getaway for people looking to get out of the city for the day. There’s an easy trail around the reservoir as well as more challenging trails to check out too that offer great views. Franklin Canyon Park has been home to many TV and Film sets. It is the lake used in the Andy Griffith Show, where they used to fish in the opening credits, as well as used in the horror classic, Creature From The Black Lagoon.

There are many places to hike in and around Los Angeles that allow for great views, city escapes, and relaxing nature hikes. These are definitely a few trails to check out.

Originally published on: graftondoyle.info

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Historical Entertainment Sites in LA

Looking to have a fun-filled day in Los Angeles? Here are four sites that you should stop by during your time in the City of Angels.

1. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is a must-see attraction in the southern California area. The museum’s grand opening was on November 6th, 1913. The museum was then referred to as the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art. The museum is home to a multitude of various exhibits. You can visit the permanent exhibits at any time of year!
The museum is open 9:30 am – 5 pm every day of the year, with four exceptions. They are closed on New Year’s Day (January 1), Independence Day (July 4), Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November), and Christmas Day (December 25). Some of the permanent exhibits include African Mammals, the Dinosaur Hall, and an Insect Zoo, so there is something for everyone at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

2. Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory is an ideal location for anyone who is seeking to be inspired or learn more about space. The five different sections of the inside of the observatory serve as a wealth of knowledge for the curious space cadet. Information ranging from the eclipses of the moon and sun, explanation of tides, what our sun is and how we can observe it.One Exhibit even provides real footage taken by NASA of the behavior of our sun! The observatory provides beautiful and vivid pictures of star clusters and historical background of groundbreaking scientists who helped carve the path for further study into space. The Observatory is open from    12:00noon – 10:00p.m, Tuesday – Friday. Then 10:00a.m.  – 10:00p.m, Saturday – Sunday.

3. The Original Farmers Market

There are many different farmers markets in the downtown LA area but nothing beats the original. The Original Farmers Market has had a long history of change but in 1934 it was transformed into a village and farmers market where farmers could sell fresh produce right from their trucks to hungry customers. Now, after 80 years from it becoming a farmers market it is one of the hottest spots in LA. The Original Farmers Market encompasses a variety of different shops and vendors. The market has many restaurants, grocery markets, specialty shops, and even service shops where you can get a quality haircut after lunch! The market is open Monday – Friday: 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday: 9 am to 8 pm, and Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm. Whether it’s your first time to a farmers market or your have a favorite one in your hometown, the Original Farmers Market will surely be your new favorite spot in LA.

4. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art holds splendid pieces of artwork for anyone who wants to get lost in the art scene of downtown LA. With three different local locations, tourists can spend an entire day gazing at artwork and educating themselves about the artists that created them. Hours for the MOCA Grand Avenue and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11am – 6pm. Thursday from 11am – 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm with Tuesday being closed. MOCA Pacific Design Center is open Tuesday through Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am – 6pm with it being closed on Monday’s.

Originally published on: graftondoyle.info

The Quadruple Threat

The Quadruple Threat

Performers looking to be involved in musical theatre have to be multi-talented. You should know how to act, sing, and dance to better market yourself as a performer to theatre companies. These three skills are considered “The Triple Threat.” In some cases, these three skills may not make the cut for future auditions. Welcome to the age of the Quadruple Threat.

On top of honing your skills at acting, singing, and dancing, theatre companies are looking for performers who also have either one, or several unique talents to go along with the traditional three. These abilities can vary from being a musician to knowing how to walk on stilts or even knowing how to do acrobatics. These skills have been utilized in a few shows on and off Broadway in recent years.

Some musicals require their performers to have that additional skill for the roles they have. Million Dollar Quartet is one musical where all performers on the stage play an instrument during the show. Million Dollar Quartet is the story about four of the biggest names in music, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. All four of these performers play an instrument such as the guitar, piano, and upright bass.

Knowing how to play one, or multiple instruments will benefit you in a multitude of ways when looking for performance gigs.

  • Intonation skills/Training your ear
  • Pick out your harmonies/melodies
  • Reading music/sight reading
  • Assisting you musical director

These skills will make you easier to work with and ultimately more employable than someone who cannot play an instrument.

Another skill you should consider adding to your arsenal is writing. Whether it be professional or creative, writing can serve as a useful marketing asset when auditioning for roles. Having the ability to write will allow you to connect more deeply to the script and overall dialogue of the production you are involved in. You can analyze words to understand better what the writer was trying to portray. This ability can take you further into the depth of understanding your character as well as understanding the other characters around you and what kind of connection each other holds.

An additional skill to have in your back pocket when auditioning is never a bad thing. Hone in on the top three skills: acting, singing and dancing, and then look to find what other beneficial skills for theatre interest you and run with it!

Originally published on: graftondoyle.com

How To Build A Character

In acting, you have the objective of becoming someone else. It is your job to portray the life and mannerisms of somebody else that is not you. This can be a daunting task and is not for the weary. To be a successful actor you must consider all aspects of the characters life. Consider these tips when creating your character for a role.

 

Familiarize Yourself

 

Read the script, thoroughly. Once you have done that, read the script again. Everything that is said about your character is in that script. It is extremely important to know what your character is doing and what their objective is. The script will also be able to tell you when and where your character is in reference to time. If the production is set at a different time than the present day then you should study trends from that era. What kind of clothing did people where? What were the popular trends of that era? These are two questions that will set you in the right direction to understanding your character more.

 

Rehearse and Memorize

 

Memorize your lines in the script. This will allow you to expand on the behaviors of your character. Knowing the script will help you develop more in-depth decisions that your character would make. Rehearse your lines to anyone and everyone. The more familiar you are with performing in front of people the more you will be more comfortable delivering your lines to strangers. Rehearsing lines will help you develop a tonality for your character and allow you to work on an accent if it applies. Different scenes call for different behaviors and moods. Rehearsal is a great way to get feedback on what you are doing and set in stone a way you will execute the scene.

 

Body Language

 

Consider for a moment what your character looks like. Adjust your body to fit the description of the character. Think about how your character would look, how they would stand, sit, kneel, lay, laugh, smile, scowl, and all other emotions. Look at yourself in a mirror and practice these movements. Never be afraid to go too far when practicing your character. Overstep your personal boundaries when practicing a character. Consider portraying actions that you normally would not portray. The director will love the experimenting with the character and will warn you if they feel you have gone too far with it.

Originally published on: graftondoyle.com

 

Origins Of Theatre

Theatre has been around centuries. Entertaining masses of people through performances has been an art form since the days of the Greeks. Spanning all over the world, every society enjoys some form of theatre. This article will discuss the origins of theatre and how theatre became what is it today.

 

The Greeks

 

The Greeks are considered to be the creators of theatre. In the earliest years of performance entertainment, the Greeks sang hymns to worship their gods which were turned into choruses to be performed for the masses. The tyrant Pisistratus became the first to create a festival of entertainment. This festival was aimed to worship the god Dionysus and included competition in music, dance, poetry, and singing. The first plays were performed in Athens Greece. The plays consisted of one actor known as the protagonist and a chorus of people who helped move the story. The oldest surviving play is from 472 BC called “The Persians.” The drama was broken up into three different categories, tragedy, comedy, and satyr. The Greeks were the creators of theatre and helped expand the art form into societies across the world.

 

The Romans

 

Through the expansion of the Roman Republic, Romans encounter Greek theatre in several of its territories. 240 BC marks the dawn of Roman drama. Greek theatre was still prominent in the newly conquered Roman territories. By the start of the second century, the Romans had a school of writers for comedy and tragedy dramas. The Romans adopted much of the style of the Greeks when writing their dramas. One change that the Romans made is they did away with the chorus and split their dramas into episodes and added music to them to help with transitions. Many of the comedies that were written by the Romans at this time do not exist anymore. Tragedies from well-known writers at that time survive to this day and are used to help understand what theatre performances were like.

 

Byzantine Empire and Medieval theatre

 

The Byzantine empire played a large part in preserving and adapting the texts and styles of Greek writers. During the Medieval period saw the disorganization of traditional theatre and the rise of staged dramas of biblical events. The biblical dramas were performed on days of Christian celebration to help emphasize the importance of the holy day. These liturgical dramas were sung and did not include actors. Hrosvitha wrote comedies based off of religious events around the time of liturgical dramas in the tenth century.

Originally published on: graftondoyle.com