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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Oh no....

I said I wouldn't do it. I promised myself that this time would be different. I told myself, the actors are smart people, they can figure it out for themselves. I even rationalized that if it comes from them, then it will have more meaning and be organic to what's happening in the play. But then I did it anyway...

I micro-managed/directed. I told the actors what to do. Almost down to the finger gestures. Arggg! And they listened! And did what I said, and were seemingly grateful. But, I don't think it's as good as it could be if it came from within them. Perhaps with me asking leading questions.

One director I worked with in Nanaimo who teaches at the college, said that he makes himself hold onto the chair he's sitting in so he doesn't get up on the stage. I wasn't going to take it that far, but I was going to give the actors the responsibility for most of the "choreography". And I'd been doing good. Restating their questions such as "So, I run when I get to the corner of the chair" to "You run when you feel the need to run".

See, i didn't want them to just be imitating me, however flattering that might have been. It wouldn't have come from within the character. Maybe I'm just expecting too much too soon? Or, maybe how I'm seeing the character isn't the same as how they're seeing the character.

Ah well... I suppose a tiny bit won't hurt. I'll just try again next tiime.

And you should see what Norma can do to a chair.

(And I'm going to try to have pictures from next rehearsal here for next time.)

Blaming it all on Todd, and his party leftovers.


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