May Birthdays of Historical Figures

Birthdays in May of Historical People….

Does one share your birthday?

Johannes Brahms, May 7 — German composer

Tchaikovsky, May 7 — Russian composer

 J. M. Barrie, May 9 — author of the orginal book, Peter Pan

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April Birthdays of Historical Figures

Birthdays in April of Historical People….

Does one share your birthday?

Hans Christian Anderson, April 2 — wrote The Little Mermaid book which was made into a Disney move.

Harry Houdini, April 6 — a famous magician!

Thomas Jefferson, April 13 — a founding father of America

Charlotte Brontë, April 21 — an English author.  Her sister, Emily Brontë, was also a writer.

William Shakespeare, April 23 — a very well-known poet who wrote Romeo and Juliet and lots more!

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Online College Courses at Hillsdale College

Hillsdale college

Want to learn more at a higher level?  Hillsdale College in Michigan offers free online classes.

They’re current classes are History 101History 102, Introduction to the Constitution, Constitution 101, Constitution 102, and most recent Economics 101.

The classes include lectures, readings, a study guide, quiz, and Q&A session available at any time online.  You can log in  and save your progress.  The courses have 10 parts each.

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Kid Monologues for Auditions


A monologue is a “long speech given by a character in a story, movie, play, etc., or by a performer”.

It should have a precise beginning and ending, with an interest provoking interior.  It should show off your acting ability and generally match your personality.  It should also match your age and gender.


Below you will find a list of resources for your convenience.  The purpose of them being here is for you to find a suitable monologue for your audition.

Bridge to Terrabithia — Boy — Any Age — 1-2 minutes

Shakespear Monologues — Boy/Girl — Any Age — 1-2 minutes

A Little Princess — Girl — Any Age — 1 minute

Kung Fu Panda — Any — Any Age — 1 minute +

Monologues for Ages 7 – 12

Monologues for Ages 4 – 7

Monologues for Teens age 13 – 17

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Creating Your Acting Resume

Need an acting resume for an audition and don’t have one?  The YeahBuddy! team can help!


The purpose of the acting resume is for directors and casting directors to have an overview of your experience.  They want to see what you have done, so they know you have the potential and ability.


  • Don’t make it longer than 1 page.  Keep the most important items, and leave out the least important if you have to
  • Font should be Calibri or something else that is easy to read.
  • Font size should ideally be 12, to make it big enough to read at a glance.
  • Use a normal margin size, such as 1″ on all sides.
  • Put your first and last name in bold (font size 14) at the top of the page where it can be read clearly.  If you use your middle initial or name as a stage name be sure to include it.
  • Below your name in font size 12, you may include a phone number and email.
  • Justified left should be your age, hair color, eye color, weight, and height.  This tells a little about your appearance.
  • Below this information, in bold and all capitals write CREDITS.
  • Following that, put each category in bold, but not capitals.  See the example resume below.
  • Italicize each show name.
  • For films and TV, put the type of role, not the role name.  For example Guest Star, Extra, Lead, Supporting.

Important Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do the resume extremely clear to read
  • Do make it professional
  • Don’t lie about experience
  • Don’t make it more than one page

Categories on the Resume

Categories may include:

  • Theater is any performing in a show or production that you have done.  Information should be listed in three columns.  These three columns should be placed on the right, middle and left.  The right column should include the show name.  The middle column should have information such as role type and the left column should have the theater which the show was done with.
  • Film can be any non-commercial work that has been done on a set.  This includes short films, independent films, and movies.
  • Television includes appearing on a TV series.
  • Commercials should not be listed.  For experience in that area put ‘Available Upon Request’.
  • Modeling is any photo shoots.
  • Training can include dance, acting, singing, or any training related to performing.
  • Special Skills could be anything from playing baseball to being a published novelist.  Get creative.

If you have experience under any of these, put it on the resume.


We will use an example young actress, Sara Jones, and look at some example resumes of what a 8-18 year old’s resume might look like.

Example 1 (click to view larger): Beginner’s Resume

example resume 1a

Example 2 (click to view larger): Intermediate Resume

resume example 1

Example 3 (Click to view larger): Advanced/Professional Resume

example resume 3

Alternate format (Click to view larger):

This is an alternate format, but the format of the examples above is recommended.

example resume 4a

Additional references for your convenience

Ace Your Audition – Resume Examples

How to Format Your Resume and Headshots 

For more posts on this blog featuring theater and musical theater, see here.

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How to Find Your Vocal Range

How to Find Your Vocal Range  

First of all, why would you want to find your vocal range?

A few reasons.  When looking at songs and determining if it needs to be transposed so you can sing it, knowing your vocal range is helpful.

Another reason it would be nice to know your vocal range is to examine how your voice changes over the years.  This could be part of a science experiment.

The first step to finding your vocal range is to acquire a piano to use for the purpose.  Other instruments or digital keyboards may suffice, but at this point a piano is your best bet.

Play middle C.  If you can’t find it, here are some simple instructions how to.


Note the three black key groups and the two black key groups.  ‘C’ on the piano is to the left of each two black key group. Find the C in the middle (not counting the highest C).  This is middle C.  Sing the note if you can.

Count up from C.  The keys on the piano are in alphabetical order from A to G.  Once the key G is hit, the next key is A, then B, and so on.

Middle C is C4.  It is the fourth C from the left.

Let’s have an example on measuring your range.  Count down from C4 (middle C) to G.  Sing the note if you can.  If you can, go down a note until you can’t sing any lower.  Let’s say the lowest note you could sing was F, the F immediately below middle C.  This would be F3.  Now sing higher and higher.  Let’s say that you stop at the B above middle C.  This would be B5.

From this information, your range is F3-B5.

The best way to know what number a note name is, is to count up from the lowest note that you are looking for on the piano.  The first F would be F1, then F2, and F3.

To determine whether you are soprano, mezzo soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, or bass, see below.

If you can sing from about C4 to C6, you are considered a soprano.  If you can sing from about A4 to G5, you are a mezzo soprano.  F3 to D5, you are an alto.  These are the measurements for women.

The measurements for men are: C3 to A5 is tenor, G2 to F4 is baritone, and E2 to E4 is bass.

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British Dialect (Accent)



Father passed down the primrose path.

  • The a’s in this sentence sound more like ‘ah’.

He did not know he possessed the old and holy stone.

  • Make your mouth into a circle to annunciate the ‘o’ in the words know, possessed, old, holy and stone.  Hold each ‘o’ out to emphasize the sound, and gradually make it shorter until you can get your mouth to say ‘oh’ without spending too much time on one syllable.

Two totally tired toads tried to trot to Tetbury.

  • Over pronounce the t’s, making sure every ‘t’ has the same amount of sound and intensity, including ‘to trot to’.

Is it tea time?

  • The way Americans speak, we tend to cut off sounds to make the words shorter.  For instance, you might say ‘Is i’ tea time’.  The ‘t’ in ‘it’ is important.

Have a go at it.

  • Again with the ‘t’ in ‘at’ and ‘it’.  Also apply the ‘oh’ to ‘go’.

I can’t get the ant off the basket, but Aunty can.

  • This particular exercise is very tricky.  The difference between ‘can’t’ and ‘can’ are very different.  Can is said the same way we say it, like a can of soup.  Can’t is pronounced with a more ‘ah’ sound.  Ant is said the same way we say it, however Aunty has a ‘ah’ sound for the ‘a’ and the ‘u’.


I don’t think I know him, but I’m sure I don’t like him.

  • Cockney is the dialect of native Londoners.  The t’s are not pronounced firmly, neither are the h’s.  In the case of the word ‘think’, I believe it should be pronounced more like ‘fink’.
  • This dialect is hard, and if it helps put the inside of your wrists on your jaw bone in front and slightly below your ears.  Slightly press the skin downwards, therefore mouth movements are made minimal.
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Audition Song Ideas – For Kids

This is an aid to the blog post Preparing Yourself for an Audition!.  Visit that post to learn about the process of choosing a song.

Remember, the song you choose should be appropriate for your age and gender.  It should also showcase your singing and acting ability.  Whatever song you decide to sing, it needs to be from a stage or movie musical unless the theater where you are auditioning said otherwise.

These links are included in this article as a reference to find audition songs, by providing a list of ideas.  Vocal/Piano books with song lists with ideal audition songs: (note these books have excerpts of the songs, not the whole song).

Kids Musical Theatre Audition – Girls Edition

Kids Musical Theatre Audition – Boys Edition

Broadway Presents! Audition Musical Theatre Anthology – Young Female Edition

Broadway Presents! Audition Musical Theatre Anthology – Young Male Edition

Song list and link to purchase from ‘Kids Musical Theatre Anthology Book/CD (Broadway Presents!) for audition song ideas.  The book includes 16 bar cut ideas, show history, and other additional information.

Kids’ Musical Theatre Anthology Book/CD (Broadway Presents!) 

All I Do is Dream of You (Singin’ in the Rain)

Alone in the Universe (Seussical: The Musical)

Be Kind to Your Parents (Fanny)

Big Blue World (Finding Nemo: The Musical)

Consider Yourself (Oliver)

Different (Honk!) 

Doll on a Music Box/Truly Scrumptious (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)

The Girl I Mean To Be (The Secret Garden)

Good Morning (Singin’ in the Rain)

Green Eggs and Ham (Seussical: The Musical)

Heart (D**n Yankees)

I Gotta Crow (Peter Pan)

I Just Can’t Wait To Be King (The Lion King)

I Want it Now (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

It’s Possible (Seussical: The Musical)

Johnny One Note (Babes in Arms)

Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)

Pure Imagination (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

Shy (Once Upon a Mattress)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins: The New Musical)

When I Get My Name In Lights (The Boy From Oz)

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (My Fair Lady)

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Upcoming Movies!


Finding Dory a sequel to Finding Nemo, is planned for release on June 17, 2016 (Disney-Pixar).

On March 4, 2016, Zootopia (Disney), is scheduled to be released.  Zootopia is about a fox who is on the run, because he is accused of a crime he did not commit.

June 18, 2016 may hold How to Train Your Dragon 3 (DreamWorks).


According to the New York Times, Disney is planning live action versions of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella to be released in 2015.

A Disney-Pixar animated film called Inside Out is set in a little girl’s mind is also scheduled to be released on June 19, 2015.

The Good Dinosaur (Pixar) is about a dinosaur who befriends a caveboy.  Release date is November 25, 2015.


Mr. Peabody and Sherman (DreamWorks Animation) is about a boy and a dog that time travel.  It will be in theaters March 7, 2014.  Click here to learn more.

Rio 2 from Blue Sky Studios follows Blu, Jewel, and their three kids while they take a trip to the Amazon.  In theaters April 11, 2014.  Click here to learn more.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks) is about the discovery of an ice cave which holds new dragons previously undiscovered.  Scheduled June 13, 2014.


Frozen (Disney) will be in theaters November 27, 2013.  Click here for the official website.

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What is Braille? For Kids

A post about Braille from author Victoria L. Smith!

What is Braille?

Braille is a method of reading and writing for the blind or visually impaired.

How does it work?

You may have noticed that in most public places when there are signs indicating, for instance, ‘Restroom’ or ‘Exit’, below the words in English, there are little raised dots.  These dots are arranged to form the letters of the alphabet, capitals, numbers, symbols and more.  The dots are arranged into a six dot braille cell.  All of the above are made up of those six dots.  See below:


How is it read?

Braille is usually read by taking your left index finger and placing it on the left-most braille cell.  Then run your left hand across the line until the middle where you right index finger is. Continue the line with your write hand, while moving your left hand down to the next line.  This is more convenient than using one hand, because the next line is easier to find.

How is it written?

To read more about methods of writing Braille, visit this blog post: More on Braille.

Has Braille been around forever?

No, it unfortunately hasn’t.  Until the 19th century, it was very difficult for the blind to read and mostly impossible.

How did the blind read before Braille?

Huge raised letters made of wood made words and books.  The letters had to be very big, otherwise they weren’t easy to feel and discover what letter it was.  Since the letters were large, books for the blind were expensive and extensive.

Why wasn’t Braille invented sooner?

Probably because of lack of funding, and lack of interest in the blind’s capability.

Who eventually invented Braille?

The man who invented Brialle in 1825 was named Louis Braille.  He was not born blind.  He was blinded at the age of 3, due to an accident in his father’s shop.  Learn more about Louis Braille.

How old was Louis Braille he invented a better way for the blind to read?

After many years of work, Louis Braille more or less perfected his method of reading for the blind at the age of 15.  He was inspired to create reading for the blind, by using a six dot cell, by a military man who devised a way for soldiers to read and write messages in the dark by using a twelve dot cell.  This was inconvenient, Louis Braille discovered, because the cell could not be felt all at once, the finger had to be moved.  This slowed down the reading process.

Even if I am not blind or visually impaired, can I still learn Braille?

Absolutely!  It is a good skill that can be used to communicate with blind friends or relatives.  Most seeing eye people learn to use Braille by simply looking at it, not using the finger to feel it.  When I personally was learning Braille, I thought it wise to learn to feel the cells as well as see them.  After all, in case I ever was in the condition that I couldn’t read with my eyes, it would be easier to learn to feel Braille when I could still see rather than waiting until afterwards.

How do I start?

You don’t necessarily need the supplies typically used for reading and writing Braille to learn it.  These supplies include paper, a stylus, and a slate.  To read more about methods of writing Braille, visit this blog post: More on Braille.  These items are purchasable at and other websites and stores.

I started by printing out the above photograph of the Braille alphabet.  I took a mechanical pencil and pushed the darkened dots into cardboard from the back of the page, being sure not to tear the paper.  When I turned the paper over, the dots were raised and I could feel them.

What about punctuation and numbers?

The first 10 letters of the Braille alphabet are used to write numbers.  To distinguish these cells used as letters or numbers, the number sign is placed before.  Here is the number sign:number sign2

To learn what the numbers in the picture indicate, go to this blog post: Braille.

What are some helpful resources for learning more about Braille?

Here is an excellent resource for learning Braille on your own: Grade One Braille.  It includes worksheets and exercises.

To learn the definition of Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three Braille, and also for alphabet and punctuations, go here.

This is a wonderful document containing many Braille contractions and punctuation.  I found it very useful: Duxbury Systems.

Rules for contracted Braille.

How to use a slate and stylus here.

Here is a exceptional resource for mostly anything concerning Braille.

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