Have a smashing Memorial Day weekend!

Summer’s official here and the 2011-2012 t.v. season is just around the corner (and, just in case you are wondering, there are only 212 shopping days left ’til Christmas)!

Before you take a long weekend break, watch the promo for the new NBC series Smash, which will be premiering sometime next season on t.v. In case you haven’t heard about it, it’s about the making of a Broadway musical. The promo features lots of casting directors and auditions.

Do you think they will get it right? But, even more important, do you think it will be entertaining?

If you’re looking for a summer performing arts program in New York, check out our classes and seminars using the tabs at the top of this page.

What are some of the “must haves” that a casting director looks for in an actor?

New York casting Director Jerry Kallarakal with DDO Agency talks about some “must haves” for actors. Watch below!

Thanks, Mom!

This is the trailer from one of the most talked about performances from the ’80s by a living actress. The performance won a Razzie Award, was snubbed by the Oscars and wasn’t well-received by the critics.

The actress asserted that this role killed her acting career. Always pay attention to your choices.

Let’s take a brief break from our regularly scheduled postings, so you can (in case you haven’t) — in the words of Paramount — “Meet the biggest MOTHER of them all!”

Happy Mother’s Day!

RIP: Sada Thompson & Arthur Laurents

This week, Sada Thompson and Arthur Laurents died.

Click here to read the New York Times obituary for Laurents, writer of Gypsy, West Side Story and The Way We Were.

Click here to read remembrances by Patti Lupone, Harvey Fierstein and Jack Viertel, artistic director of City Center Encores! on Playbill.com. He was 93.

Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Sada Thompson also died this week. Click here to read her obituary on Broadway.com.

Thompson was best known for her role in the 1970s television series Family. She was 83

Are improv skills really that important for your acting career?

Erica Palgon, at an Actors Connection New York acting seminar, talks about improv skills and commercials.