Thursday, November 29, 2012

NoMaM: Part IV

Can someone please tell me where the days have gone? Last time I checked we were somewhat on schedule and had so many rehearsals before dress...but now the show is in ONE WEEK.

One week.

We have a lot to get accomplished. We need to finalize a lot of the props and costumes. We need to get the set built in the space we have. The Little Theater isn't the greatest spot for setting up the set before tech week, so we're putting it all together this weekend.

The biggest problem we have right now is lines. Actors: memorize your freaking lines. You've had them for a while. Towards the end of two of our shows the actors are calling line so frequently I'm basically talking to myself. Not okay.

I don't know exactly what it is with this show, but it just seems like it's not coming together super nicely. It's a great show, don't get me wrong, but all of the details I wish could just magically fall into place. That would be perfect.

In other news, ITS State Festival is coming up in January and I have signed up! It should be a fun couple days. With a bunch of actors, what could go wrong?

Don't answer that.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Things You'll Never Hear

I got this post directly from a website that an actor sent me the link to: http://www.theatrecrafts.com/page.php?id=704


BY THE STAGE MANAGER:

  • It looks as though there'll be time for a third dress rehearsal.
  • Take your time getting back from break.
  • We've been ready for hours.
  • No, I called that perfectly the first time, let's move on.
  • The headsets are working perfectly.
  • The cue lights are working perfectly.
  • The orchestra has no complaints.
  • The whole company is standing by whenever you need them..
  • That didn't take long.
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

BY THE PRODUCER:

  • Of course there's enough money to go around.
  • We have money left over.
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

BY THE DIRECTOR:

  • Wow, the designers were right, weren't they?
  • No, today is the tech rehearsal, we'll re-work that scene later.
  • I think the scene changes are too fast.
  • Of course I think that we'll be ready in time for opening.
  • The crew? Why they're just wonderful!
  • That's fine, I've got my own torch.
  • Leave it where it is, we'll re-block it.
  • This chair's fine, thank you.
  • No we don't need to use glitter in this show as it takes the stage crew hours to sweep the stuff up. One small bubble machine should work.
  • Thank You.
  • We'll use it as it is.
  • My round, are all the crew here?
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

BY THE DESIGNERS:

  • Of course all of my drawings were turned in on time.
  • Yes, it is absolutely my fault that the set looks awful.
  • You know, you might have a point there.
  • The director knows best, obviously I wasn't giving him what he wanted.
  • We may have too many gel colours in stock, I can't choose.
  • The shop will have the costumes ready on time.
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

BY THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR:

  • This is the most complete and informative set of drawings I've ever seen.
  • We built it right the first time.
  • No problem, I'll deal with that right away.
  • I love designers.
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

BY THE ACTOR:

  • Don't.... Let's not talk about me.
  • I really think my big scene should be cut.
  • This costume is so comfortable.
  • I love my shoes.
  • No problem, I can do that myself.
  • I have a fantastic agent.
  • Let me stand down here with my back to the audience.
  • No, leave that spot where it is - I'll walk into it.
  • I'm sure someone told me there was a wall down here, I just forgot.
  • You're right - you deserved that part more than me.
  • Without the crew the show would never run - let's thank them.
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

BY THE STAGE CREW:

  • There's room for that over here.
  • We'll get in early tomorrow to do it.
  • No, no, I'm sure that is our job.
  • Anything I can do to help?
  • All the tools are carefully locked away.
  • Can we do that scene change again, please?
  • It's a marvellous show.
  • I don't need this many on the crew.
  • I'm getting loads of sleep - everythings going really well.
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

BY THE ELECTRICS CREW

  • I must fix the light in the publicity office.
  • This equipment is far more complicated than we need.
  • Of course I can operate sound from here.
  • Be sure to keep that instrument away from the flying pieces.
  • All the lanterns on the bar a foot to the right? No problem.
  • I'll do that right away.
  • All the equipment is working perfectly.
  • No, please - take the last doughnut.
  • That had nothing to do with the computer, it was my fault.
  • Yes, it would be easier to do it on paper, wouldn't it.
  • I have all the equipment I need, thanks.
  • No, honestly, it's my round.
  • Thanks, but I don't drink.

BY THE CHOREOGRAPHER

  • This floor's fine.
  • Plenty warm enough, thank you.
  • Thank you.
  • The lights are spot on.
  • Leave it; we'll fit in somehow.
  • One dressing room's fine.
  • The costumes are perfect.
  • The boom positions are fine.
  • The wing space is ample, really.

BY THE ORCHESTRA

  • Oh the pit's fine; actually we don't need all that space you could have built a smaller pit.
  • No it's alright we can unload our equipment ourselves, we don't want to trouble the stage crew when they are busy.
  • Could you turn these music stand lights down? They're a bit too bright.
  • Of course we can play quieter.
  • The foldback is fine.

BY THE FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER

  • Yes, we knew all about the size of the mixing desk. We even allowed a few spare seats in the stalls in case you had some extra equipment.

BY THE COSTUMER

  • Of course it's my fault the costume tore, I didn't sew it well enough.
  • No, I have nothing to do, I can take your dress in an inch.
  • Hmm, I must have measured wrong - that's why the costume won't fit.
  • It's OK if the skirt tears - that dance has to be perfect!
  • Oh, don't worry about hanging up your costume - I can do it during my break.
  • I have all the fabric I need.
  • Please don't wear deodorant.
  • It's OK if the costume's wrinkled, we don't need to iron it!
  • We can skip costume fittings for another rehearsal.
  • No, it must be my sewing - you definitely didn't gain weight.
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

BY AN ACROBAT

  • Can I have a new unitard? This one is too worn in.
  • Can I have a new pair of shoes?
  • Can you do my makeup a little heavier?
  • No, the riggers are right.
  • No, Stage Management gave me my call, I just wasn't paying attention.
  • I can't go out tonight: I have an early training tomorrow.
  • I forgot my (costume piece, in-ear, harness); I'll run back and get it.
  • I'd love to add another cue to my show, no problem!
  • No thanks, I don't drink.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NoMaM: Part III

Well, rehearsals are officially underway. Last week we rehearsed PGLT after school every day. It's our longest play and will be our second act. This week we're splitting time between OMC and AMPS.

OMC is our shortest play and will be the first play of the first act. The running time will probably be about 25 minutes. It only has 8 characters and flies by pretty quick - we can run through the whole thing multiple times in one rehearsal. It's probably in the best shape.

AMPS still needs work. The blocking needs to be finalized. I didn't even have all the notes for it until this week and actors have been constantly missing for various reasons. It will be the second play of our first act.

All of the shows are really funny and I enjoy working on them. However, with the class set up the way it is it's difficult to manage all 3 effectively.

We open the show in less than a month now. And we just found out that there is a basketball game going on during our Friday show: the gym is directly across the hall from our Little Theater. That should be fun. We also got a design put together for the shirt and posters, so those should be in soon. I'll post a picture soon.

Today after rehearsal for AMPS we're going to have an all casts viewing of "Clue" in the Theater Room. We're saying it's for research, but it's really just for fun.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NoMaM: Part II

We started official rehearsing yesterday! Since the second quarter of school started we have been rehearsing all three plays in the individual small groups. This poses a problem for me since I am only in one small group and therefore have only taken notes for one play - The Omelet Murder Case (OMC).

Yesterday after our ITS meeting we rehearsed The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens (PLGT) in the Little Theater. It is our largest cast and since I have not taken blocking notes or received the cuts of the show, I was quite busy. This was frustrating to me because it's difficult to Stage Manage a show that I am not there for.

But after this week of after school rehearsals I'll be caught up with everything for PLGT. I haven't attended anything for the Attempted Murders of Peggy Sweetwater (AMPS) yet, so that should be fun to catch up with next week.

The show days are December 6, 7, and 8. That might seem far away now, but with a quick glance at the calendar it's coming up quickly. As Mr. Stoll's first show with WHS, I hope it goes well. Which I am sure it will (it always does).

I will hopefully take some pictures throughout the process, but as of right now it's just the beginning blocking rehearsals and nothing too exciting.

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