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Friday, June 04, 2004

Thousands and thousands of words.

Okay, so I you all some pictures. I've been sitting on them for just about a week now, hoping to find the time to a cool kind of photo essay. As of yet, the time hasn't presented itself, so this'll have to do for the moment -- a whole bunch of cropped photos, just kind of stuck into the middle of the blog.

It's worth pointing out, though, that if a picture is worth a thousands words, I think this post will clock in at about 22,000 words or so. Plus captions. That's a decent evenings's work.

Anywho...on with the festivities. Please excuse the occasionally very-tongue-in-cheek humour. I don't seem to be able to help myself tonight.

It was raining on the way to Quesnel. Didn't bode well for transporting our set -- which was 99% newspaper, I think -- from the U-Haul to the the theatre. Thankfully the rain disappeared in time for the move.

Ever the director, Sheryl-Lynn helped get the U-Haul into position (Andrew Rook was behind the wheel)

It's no surprise that our set, chaotic on stage, was just as chaotic when crammed into the back of a U-Haul.

Also not surprising was just how much time it took to put together a set that was designed to look chaotic and messy. Somehow, we got it together in the four hours we had before showtime. Somehow everything got done. Somehow everything worked (except the stupid TVs, but we at least managed to get one of them functional, which, for my money, was better than none).

Then we put a show on, and had an hour to tear the set down. Just as the sweat from unpacking the thing was starting to dry.

Lord only knows who let the director get his hands on power tools. No worries -- it was promptly removed from his possession.

I'm not sure exactly who's idea it was to bring the fridge, but if it wasn't such a fantastic set piece, I'd be inclined to say it was terrible idea.

Still, I will say this: Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid fridge. Stupid fridge.

We had an hour to tear the set down. We were finished in 59 minutes. How we managed, I'll never know for sure, but I'm fairly certain it had almost nothing to do with the director using power tools.

Then we all went to Boston Pizza, and drank as much as we could before they told us we'd have to leave.

The next morning, it was off to our coffee critique, when the adjudictor would tell us everything we did wrong (hopefully in words not terribly harsh).

Not surprisingly, there was a certain amount of tension between the director and the actors. "Because he told us to," they repeated frequently during the two hour critique.

Having taken the full brunt of the blame, the director attempts to justify his terrible, terrible choices (Ed. Note: I think I'm inclined to talk with my hands even more than normal when I'm nervous...)

After the coffee critique, we all went and had lunch. Then we did a bunch of other stuff that doesn't really matter, because it was all killing time until Saturday night, and...


People kind of drifted in between 10:00 and 11:00, mixing and mingling. Everyone seemed to be having a really nice time.

Until the adjudicator arrived, to crush all our hopes and dreams. (Ed. Note: Actually, the adjudicator -- Garry Davey -- was incredibly nice, leaving me feeling super-enthused after both the coffee critique, as well as the awards. Thanks Garry!).

And then...what's this? No crushed hopes? No crushed dreams? No! We won an award! Yay for us!

And then...we won another!

And another!

And then yet another! And then we got a couple of honourable mentions, that they didn't have certificates made up for at the time.

And then we sat around, drunkenly gloating until we were once again told that we were going to have to go home. The next day we drove back to Williams Lake and returned to our sad, miserable little lives. But for those two short days, we were transported to another world. A world where nothing mattered except the show, and we put together a good one. And that's something we will carry with us forever. And when life brings us down, and we're feeling a little blue, we can look at ourselves in the mirror and say, "In May of 2004, I did something special, something wonderful. And that will live with me forever."

And then we'll say, "Why the heck am I talking to myself in the mirror."

Thank you! Goodnight!


  • Just a brief word in my own defense: It the DIRECTOR hadn't been standing around smoking, he could have guided the truck in! And the fridge got special mention when our set award was given out. That's all I'm saying... Thank you for your understanding.

    Great fun, Todd! Thanks for the pics. Wanna see more!

    By Blogger Sheryl-Lynn, at 9:41 AM  

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