Ask for free stuff and you shall receive…
Thus far, I have been very successful in procuring free stuff to fit into our close to $0 budget. I hope my luck holds. The Revels kindly passed along a wedding dress when their show finished last Saturday. Rockefeller Chapel graciously agreed to lend us a robe for Fr. Donnally at the wedding, and I scavenged four matching chairs from the abandoned second floor wasteland of my school building.
Now we just need a table. Just a simple lightweight, square, FREE table. Anyone? Anyone?
Mars has been an important part of the wedding dress selection process. He enjoys trying out and breaking in the various dress options, so I hope no one is allergic.
We are on our way! Yee ha! (A direct quote from one of my favorite directors)
As of Saturday, we have successfully staged the entire play! We are only one month out from opening night. I mistakenly announced to my cast, “We have now staged the entire show, and we open one week from yesterday.” It was funny to see their reactions. I’m pretty sure they could have made it happen, though. They’re pretty great. Now we need to focus on tightening, nuancing, and sharpening the characters and the moments. They have done so much great work with their characters, including a “When Harry Met Sally” couple couch interview scene, a series of Matt’s childhood journal entries, and a series of tableaus detailing the “romance” and courtship of Karl and Soot.
The cast will be off book on Sunday, and then it will just be smooth sailing, right? They have already put a lot of effort into memorization. James (Fr. Donnally) has his three page speech memorized, and Leslie (Bette) has made great headway in making sense of Bette’s disconnected rambles.
We also completed our publicity shots today: a “save the date” and a wedding portrait. They are adorably crazy. Stay tuned!