Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TOMMY: Part V

Yesterday was the first blocking rehearsal of the musical! We had a half-day at school so we started at 1:30 and gathered everyone who was in the overture scene and Miss Fischer worked her magic. She also had Audrey and I writing furiously, trying to keep track of every group that went on stage. We wrote it down in phases, but it's still quite confusing. I'll take a picture and put it up soon.

Vince was supposed to attend to help the military people work on being more military and less teenager, but he was traveling to Chicago so we'll have him come in next week. Since he didn't come, rehearsal was short and there wasn't too much to do.

The show choirs at school are hosting a competition on Saturday so they decided to stuff all of the theater stuff that was backstage into our tiny closet-like workroom. I could hardly get in there to give Austin a bandaid. After Saturday Audrey and I will re-organize it.

An extra thing that is annoying is our projection screen we use for large groups won't go up (we usually push a button and it goes up into it's little box) so I have to use the flyrail system and fly it all the way up in the ceiling. It's heavy, and I had to have Austin help me.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TOMMY: Part IV

Hello! Today is our second day back for second semester. Yesterday we had an all cast Tommy meeting after school. The actors received a lot of information about rehearsing with Mr. Avery for vocal music and Miss Fischer for acting. Vince Carlson-Brown attended (director from Antigone earlier this year, local actor/director, etc.) and was introduced to everyone and then everyone played games in the auditorium: they were split into 2 groups and were instructed to do various things such as walk around the stage in different ways (zombies and Jedi's were popular), walk at a pace of 2 versus 8, walking heavy and walking light, that sort of thing. Character work. Making stage pictures.

After that rehearsal Vince met with Dana, Alex and I regarding the one acts that happen after the musical. Dana and Alex along with Luc are student directors of 15-20 minute one acts that will be collectively the "first act" while Vince will have the second act for a play he wrote. The theme is Theatre of the Absurd. It just so happens that Vince did a theatre of the absurd play last year Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which is also my favorite play. R&G is Hamlet from the point of view of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, minor characters. Vince wrote a similar style play with Valentine and Curio of Twelfth Night. Luc wrote his own play and Dana is doing Waiting for Godot, and Alex is picking his play by next Friday. I am primarily Vince's stage manager, while Audrey will float around the 3 student actors. All of the plays will have 2-7 characters. Now that's my kind of play.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Vault, Cave, Klondike

If you didn't already realize how dedicated I am to the theatre department - I came into school over winter break to clean. Yesterday Fischer, Audrey and I had planned to clean the Vault at 9:30am. The Vault is our prop storage area, I think it used to be a janitor's closet. We share it with service learning club. Anyway, after TBGS (and the 90+ props that went with it) people just dumped stuff everywhere and it was extremely messy. So the three of us, with the help of Austin, cleaned as much as we could (we left details to be done later) and then went to our other prop storage area.

The other one is under the auditorium stairs to get to the balcony, and it didn't have a proper name like the vault so we would have to describe it as "the one under the auditorium stairs to get to the balcony". We decided to rename it the Cave. We didn't do much here, just dropped some things off and said we would deal with it later. This is when Alex arrived.

We then went to Klondike, properly renamed (it's a reference to a play we did last year, Not About Nightingales) for our costume room. It's located out of the way in Mr. Johnson's old office in the old choir room (now the orchestra room). Again with our tons of costumes from TBGS the room was a mess. Alex brought his iHome and Broadway music, so we listened to Legally Blonde The Musical while cleaning out Klondike. We were done surprisingly early (plus Fish had to meet someone for lunch) and got to go home around 11:15ish.

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