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Thursday, October 28, 2004

I've Done It

No really, I have. I have stepped up to the plate, looked the pitcher square in the eye and hit the ball out of the park. Or, maybe I've struck out. But I don't think so. It's a home run, at least, maybe a grand slam.

Alright, enough with all the baseball analogies. What I've actually done is cast "Ravenscroft". It's that murder mystery by Don Nigro I was telling you all about.

And it was hard. Very hard. I had great actors audition, and I was not able to cast all of them, and it was heartwrenching. There they were, these skilled individuals, giving me their best performances. Pushing themselves into uncomfortable places during improv, working alone on monologues. Going above and beyond, just to be a part of this play. My play. And I had to tell some of them yes, and some no. And all very arbitrarily. There is no form to fill out to cast actors by, no magical checklist to go through and say that this is the exact right one. No computer analysis of voice and movement. No pyschiatric tests to read their innermost thoughts about their commitment to this play, each other, or me.

Nope.

There was just me. Making decisions that will change the course of 6 peoples lives for 9 months. Long enough to grow a baby. I had some people I could bounce ideas off of, and a knowledge of the text, and I'd seen these people on stage, so had some inkling of what they could do when given time and direction. But it comes down to: I had to make a choice.

So I did.

Did it take some time? Yes. Am I happy with my choices? Most definitely. Do I wish I could cast everybody? Oh yeah.

And I have this belief that casting is one of the biggest jobs as a director. And now, I have. So, it's sit back and relax and just let them run wild across the stage and all will be well, right?

If only!

Nope, now it's guide and shape, and cheerlead and problem solve and schedule and take care of the myriad details involved with directing. But I love it. I love the creative challenge of putting the whole thing together. The coming together of lighting and set and costumes and actors and script. The challenge to think beyond the usual, to step away from how "everybody else does it", the chance to be fully involved in something that challenges me at so many levels.

Until opening night, and then, it's beyond my control, assuming it ever was within it.

So, I've cast the play. The first rehearsal is on Tuesday. We're going to read through the script. I hope they like it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

A More Formal Announcement

This is it, folks!

Come to the "Ravenscroft" auditions on Sunday, October 17, 2-5 pm and/or Monday, October 18, 7:30-9:30 pm. We're at the Child Development Center, 690 n. 2nd Ave., across from BC Hydro. The location is because the theatre is sooo busy. I'm looking for 5 women of various ages (19 and up) and one guy. The women are the suspects in this who dunnit murder mystery, and the guy, is of course, Inspector Ruffing.

Come one, come all, no experience necessary. It will be a Festival Play, which means putting the play on again in May, and quite possibly heading to Nanaimo to go to Mainstage in the very beginnings of July.

See ya at the CDC!

Monday, October 11, 2004

Opening night up date

Update on Opening night, well rehersals are well under way, and the deadline for having all the lines memorized is only a day away. ( OH NO!!). Most of the set is built and painted thanks to long list of great people. Ok I am guilty of not making it to any of the set building or painting parties. But Good job and I will try to make it to the next one. I have pictures, but my scanner has decided to lose its programing and wll not scan for me. So as soon as it decideds to work I will put some pictures on here. See you all when the show goes on.

Monday, October 04, 2004

It's a New Season

(We really need to get some people writing here!)

Imagine this! We've got two plays currently under rehearsal, and one play about to go into auditions, and the latest thing on our blog is about Todd's movie. So, I'm feeling a moral need to update what's happening.

Tony is playing puppet master to a bunch of actors and soon to be very busy backstage people doing "Opening Night". And if you ever need a producer, you should get in touch with Lori Macala. What a whirlwind.

Gaye and Roxanne and Stacey and Brian are leading a bunch of young people around for the musical "Fame" (everybody sing it now: I wanna live forever!). Haven't been there to check out rehearsals yet, but they did have 50+ turn up at auditions.

Which brings me to my project: "Ravenscroft". Now, some of you may be confused by the title, cuz you've heard it was supposed to be "Mary's Wedding". Well, there was a small little issue about the rights to Mary not being available to amateurs yet... So we're going with "Ravenscroft" a who-dun-it mystery brought to you by Don Nigro(then click on his name), author of "Specter" and "Mariner" and, Curt's favourite, "Something in the Basement". It's a great and funny play with some cool twists starring 5 women and one male inspector. Auditions will be the week of October 17th to 23rd. Look for a more formal announcement with time and place.

So, it's off I go on another project. Why don't you come along for the ride.

-Sheryl-Lynn