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Where actors are taught: Schukin School

Today Shchukin School celebrates its 101st birthday. This is a theater institute with its own special traditions. Only one out of a hundred applicants manage to get the coveted student ID. Only graduates of the “Pike” teach here – this is a long tradition. Among them are many famous actors. Let’s think today about how to enter the legendary institute.

The Shchukin school began with … failure. At one time it was an amateur theater studio. Unprofessional actors called for the head of Yevgeny Vakhtangov – a student of Stanislavsky and a young actor of the Moscow Art Theater. The first performance of the students was a failure, and in response, Vakhtangov said: “Let’s learn.” So, on October 23, 1914, the studio became a school.

The institute, which was at first one of the Moscow Art Theater’s studios, received the name of Boris Schukin, Vakhtangov’s favorite student, an actor who first played in the cinema of Vladimir Lenin. There is a version that it was for this ideological reason that the school became Schukinsky, and not Vakhtangovsky.

The Shchukin school is different from other theater universities. There is no workshop system: not the master and his assistants work with students, but the entire department. “Pike” is proud of its pedagogical traditions, therefore only graduates teach here.

It’s not easy to enter the Shchukin school – more than a hundred applicants apply for a single place. The main exams still need to be reached. Since April, the institute has held qualifying rounds, on which a significant part of the candidates are screened out.

The most difficult and important stage is listening or a practical exam. Applicants need to prepare a program: a poem, prose (not a dramatic passage) and a fable. But in fact, applicants are advised to prepare several versions of the program: 6-8 poems, 4 prose passages, 3-5 fables. Moreover, the repertoire should be diverse: during listening you may well be asked to read something more fun or, conversely, something more dramatic.

Students who successfully pass this test advise applicants to choose works that reflect their personality and truly touch. And in no case should you try to “copy” the manner of performance from other actors – this is immediately felt. The commission is interested in the personal style of the applicant, and not the ability to copy – this is not a contest of parodists.

The task to read the fable is given to applicants to test their comedic talent. Here you need not just to tell, but to create lively images. Therefore, the more interesting and colorful the characters of the fable will be, the better. But you should not take too banal, “hackneyed” options, such as, for example, “Crow and the Fox.”

At an audition, commission members may ask applicants to perform a small study, sing or dance. You must also be prepared for these tasks.

The next step is an interview. This is by no means a simple formality. Teachers communicate with applicants about literature (a list of necessary books is posted in advance), the history of art and theater. Further, the results of the exam in the Russian language and literature are added to the results of entrance examinations.

Enrolling in the Schukin Institute is not easy. But learning is not easier – learning requires full emotional commitment from students. Therefore, probably, only those who cannot but be them become actors.

Have you ever dreamed about acting?

By the way …

External data for the actor is very important. But listening to overdoing with make-up is not worth it: the teachers should make out for him yourself. So it is better to opt for the nude style.

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