I was thoroughly amused at our Wednesday night Players rehearsal, to the point where we had to stop so I could get a breath!
Not only are these actors tackling a challenging role (they are the acting troupe that comes to town and performs in the play-within-the-play in Hamlet AND the troupe in R&G), but they are constantly evolving! Their individual character traits, skills, and relationships make for some excellent comic beats. They will truly engage the audience!
The rehearsals are long and sometimes laborious, but the results are AMAZING!
I cant wait for everyone to get to meet Arthur, Ollie, Vlkrm, Zelda, Alfred, Lutka, Ming Pow, Scarlett, Viktor (Vicky), and Theodora!
So in rehearsal this week, as part of our character work, Julya had each of us write down a secret our character knows about another character.
Because I am mean, I gleefully wrote something scandalous about Guildenstern. (Sorry, David. Except not really.)
Then Julya announces that our secrets will be worked into the play somehow. (Sorry, David. Except not really.)
After rehearsal, I wait around until Julya is free and tell her I want her to read my secret now, so that I can see her reaction.
She unfolds my secret (Which is folded into an origami swan because reasons.), reads it, and goes into the Full-On-Julya-Belly-Laugh for a good minute. She passes my secret on to Deirdre.
…Who smirks. And says “You need to read David’s.”
Deirdre digs out Guildenstern’s secret (which I presume is about Rosencrantz) and passes it to Julya, who reads it.
And begins to laugh so hard that she can’t breathe. A good three minutes of gasping and wheezing and waving her hands around.
…What have we gotten ourselves into?
Whew! Almost at the end of the first week of rehearsal and my head is already spinning! In a good, thought provoking way – not in a weird, Linda Blair, gross-me-out way.
So many new and talented people to meet and learn about and so much radiant beauty from the director I’m blinded! Ha! Can’t wait to win some Smarties tonight (wishful thinking!) and delve into the rest of the play. Soon…walking about as I learn my blocking. Used to hate blocking, but it will be a welcome break from all this character work! Oh, that’s right, there is no break from character work! <SIGH>.
So, what’s your take on Gertrude marrying Claudius so soon after her husband’s death?
-Mary Beth (Gertrude Understudy / Other Gravedigger)
Realized the other day how much work and how busy I will be over the summer, but it will be very, very worth it.
Working backstage is always fantastic and being in somewhere like Burning Coal will be great. Running Crew Chief looks to be a work-heavy job during the show, but I just hope Julya doesn’t keep me TOO busy. 🙂
Performing with these fantastic people?! I can’t wait!
-Serenity (Tech/Ensemble/Running Crew Chief/etc)
we held our completion casting auditions on saturday and between the Fayetteville road closures, people accepting roles in other (conflicting) shows, and illness, we had a handful of the 15ish we were expecting.
that being said, we had some great auditioners – actually, they were all great in their own ways – and we were able to cast a couple. in trying to make conflicts work i was able to cast one person with conflicts due to a terrific creative solution, mostly because of my Rosencrantz, Noelle (who has worked with me for the last 6+ years), who made a terrific suggestion. i was just smart enough to act on it! so now im feeling good about what can be done, and i think that the audience will be pleased at how i can integrate an actor with conflicts… of course, no one will really KNOW who that was, but still. LOL
we are still, however, looking for folks who can help backstage. this show is going to require lots of moving bodies, especially bodies who can also be a part of the human props/set pieces. so if you want to be in a show, but dont want to memorize lines, or if you want to help out backstage – get some credit/volunteer hours/something you need for school, do let us know!
if not, im sure we’ll find a creative solution to that, too!
A good friend sent me this and I couldnt resist sharing… our Hamlet, Bill, is far more emotive, but I have to say, this bird is on the right track!
Come see our production and see if we cant evoke more of Hamlet’s passion than this!