Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Outsiders: Part VI

Today was a set building/painting/costume fitting day. The actors had time slots to get fitted for their costumes in Klondike (remember when we named the costume room Klondike?) and the set and art crews were in the Auditorium working on making and painting flats.

Yesterday was Competition of Excellence, the show choir competition that WHS hosts and we were told that the risers would be moved (we've been blocking on the stage with risers since the beginning of the semester) and they weren't. Which was disappointing. However, spirits lifted after Madison and I went on a snack run (fruit snacks, granola bars, twizzlers, goldfish, Mountain Dew, and root beer). We built more things, painting the Living Room flat and I did my Latin homework.

All together, good work.

building the sets on the stage, with the risers

Audrey Leclou, Emma Kemp, Madison Hoy, Ellie Kroeger

more set building!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Outsiders: Part V

Today's rehearsal was okay. The actors NEED to memorize Act II - Audrey and I prompted line after line today. The blocking needs some work too, we worked some kinks out, but since I wasn't there for some of the end of Act II rehearsals I don't really know what's going on and the actors don't really know what's going on so we have to reblock and that should be unnecessary.

Hopefully tomorrow is better. There's no rehearsal on Friday, whatever will I do with my time? Homework, perhaps?

Anyway, last Saturday Audrey and I painted backstage left, by the workroom. I had done the door with Jamie and Dana a year ago, and Audrey and I painted the inside lime green earlier this year. Last weekend we added some blue and purple to cover up the gross wall and make it pretty.

2 Stage Managers, 2 Hours, 2 Paint Colors
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Outsiders: Part IV

We started choreographing our fights today! The actors involved in the rumble learned how to fall, punch and nap (the noise that accompanies a punch/slap to make it sound real, normally clapping).

Here are some pictures taken of the fighting (photos courtesy of Madison Hoy).





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Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Outsiders: Part III

Tech Crew for The Outsiders:


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The Outsiders: Part II

This week we went back to school, and that meant getting right into rehearsals. Starting Monday we started blocking the show, and we're going to be done tomorrow, which is kind of unheard of.

It's a short show - we're not going to even have an intermission. We even have tech figured out: Audrey will be calling the show (for the first time!) in the balcony, where the light board operator and spotlight operator will be too. There will be a sound person/apprentice in the sound booth in the audience. I will be stage right doing flyrails with an assistant and Madison will be stage left. On both sides there will be a props person and two stage crew set movers.

The show will come together really well, I think. I also don't think there will be a mad rush to finish the set - we have things on a pretty tight schedule that allows for more time to work with the technical aspects.

This is our set design - it's small but it looks really cool

Connor O'Doherty as Ponyboy, Jessica Hrbek as Johnny and Will Boyd as Dallas, driving a car
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nebraska Thespian Festival 2013

After a couple weeks of getting up at noon because there was no school, getting up to go to school at 6:30am was not something I could do easily.

However, I'm glad I did because after the forty-five minute drive to Lincoln WHS Thespians attended for the first time the annual Nebraska Thespian Festival. And we'll never forget it.

After checking into the hotel we went to the opening ceremonies and participated in an auction - where we bought a bright blue Theatre Toilet (yes, a toilet) for $85. Then we watched a thirty minute show presented by Bellevue West High School titled I Am A Teenager by Jim Garvey. We grabbed lunch at Qdoba and headed to the vendor fair, where I talked to Vince and Wes for a little while.

At 2:00pm Audrey and I went to our Individual Event - we were in the room with other technical theatre buffs to present on Stage Management. We watched films and saw people present on sound, set design, and costume design before it was our turn. Audrey went first, and set the bar high. The judges asked good questions and all of a sudden it was my turn.

Public speaking? I'm not a fan. Hello, I am backstage for a reason. But I went up to the front anyway and presented two binders: one from TOMMY and the other was my Stage Manager Handbook for WHS. After talking for five minutes, they asked some questions and we left.

We all watched another show, Millard West performing Waiting for Lefty. A friend I met earlier in the school year performed, Alex Minton, and he did very well.

My roommates and I (it was Audrey, Kylea, Charlotte and I sharing a room) got ready for the semi formal banquet dinner and then waited in line to go to our tables. There were two people per school at a table, and the tables sat ten people (the table number was on our name tag). We got our food and then they announced technical theatre "Superiors" - the people who received the highest rating in their Individual Event for all the techies. Two of the people I saw that had presented for set design and costume design were the first two names, and there was one person left. HINT: It was me. Fellow actors and Mr. Stoll congratulated me and we went on with the festivities. They told me I needed to put my binders on a table in the hotel so people could look at my work the next day.

After dinner we watched Encore 6 performed by Lincoln Southwest. 2 hours of wonderful musical fun! Then, the dance. I am not coordinated at all, but I tried my best. Ending with a wonderful rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody we all headed to our rooms and went to bed.

The next day we got breakfast at 6:00am and watched Bellevue East perform Shakespeare Abridged, which they'll show at International Thespian Festival in June. We got lunch at Wendy's and then we went to workshops.

The first one we went to was Vince & Sarah's on sword fighting. We played gunslinger, learned how to fall, and even took a swing with a sword. The second workshop for us was a backstage tour of the Lied Center, which was amazing and I want everything they have.

All that was left were awards and wrap up, where I had to go up on stage and get a certificate for Stage Managing. And that was it! Forty-five more minutes on the bus and we were back home.

It was tiring, but it was worth it. If you ever get the chance to attend, DO IT.

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