Your scene may be over and the spotlight is on someone else but, even when walking off stage, it’s important to never break character. More people watch you walk off than you think. If it really helps, stay in character even when you’re back stage or in the dressing room.
Although you learn your lines and read your script nonstop, it’s still easy to forget everything as soon as you’re on stage. But it’s ok! You can make them up. The audience haven’t read the script, so they won’t know if you change a few words here and there.
I’m not sure what’s worse… Kissing someone you don’t particularly want to in front of more than 100 people, or kissing someone you don’t particularly want to with bad breath. If you have to kiss someone you don’t mind kissing then great! But either way, dose up on Tic Tacs. Especially if you’ve eaten garlic before the show.
Sometimes, the person you’re doing a scene with forgets their lines. At that moment, you have two choices: stand there and wait for them to remember, which can be quite embarrassing, or you can just say the line you’re supposed to say and hopefully they’ll remember where you are. There is nothing worse than an actor badly mouthing a line to another actor.
Typically, a play will run over three days or more and it can get boring. Although the audience is seeing it for the first time, you’ve been seeing it for months! If you see an opportunity to do something different, go for it! If it doesn’t work, your director will let you know but sometimes it can make the show 10x better.
Sometimes, we have to work with people we don’t like. You can be best friends in a play and the worst of friends in real life. If that happens and you find yourself in that situation. Go with it. You just have to pretend to like them for an hour or so.