Staged the weekend of May 20-22, 2011
Director Corinna Christman wrote:
April 30: Set-building success! Set-building is my weakness, and I was starting to get a little panicked about the situation, but yesterday my fears were stilled. We built 3 platforms, the bar, and stripped our 4 chairs. Thanks to everyone who showed up! Freddy and Gaston, the regulars, were there of course. Einstein made an appearance, and did encounter the Countess, which we all know was very probable. Sagot was there, but he waited for Picasso in vain. We expect Germaine and Suzanne next week, once they are finished looking in the mirror. The visitor was here. We will look for cameo appearances of Schmendiman, Picasso and the female admirers next week? Thanks to everyone who spent hours stripping chairs. It was long, lonely work. Thanks to Ben for being a true community theater participant.
I would especially like to thank our set director, Peter, who is donating his tools, time and professional insights to our amateur efforts. Peter increased our efficiency by at least 50%! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
April 27: Tonight we ran the show.The cast surprised me by being mostly off-book…a week early! I laughed out loud many times, and of course got goosebumps at the end. I think we are at a point where we have a really excellent rough draft, which just needs a little polishing before the deadline. So for the next three weeks, we will be polishing away!
April 21: So far, we are having a difficult time coming up with good bar furniture from 1904. Yesterday, I found a beautiful set of perfect wooden chairs at Brown Elephant-only to discover that they are mahogany, and $100 a piece. If you know of cheap (or free!) chairs or tables, let us know.
Update on the chairs: we now have chairs, barstools and a big trunk, thanks to my very own parents! Their basement is like a props warehouse. We are still looking for good tables, though. I tried asking a couple coffee shops if we could maybe borrow a pair of tables for the show, and so far this has not been successful.
April 18: It is funny to observe everyone’s parallels with their character. At last night’s rehearsal, “Einstein” kept pointing out that he didn’t need so much rehearsal, “Suzanne” reminded us of how beautiful she is, and, halfway through rehearsal, “Schmendiman” realized he was the only one with his shoes still on. Way to become one with your characters, guys!
April 13: Someone once told me, “90% of directing is casting.” Maybe they just told me this to convince me to take the job, but I like to think it’s true, and that I completed the most difficult part of my job back in February after auditions. The cast is spectacular, researching their characters, taking copious notes in their scripts, playing with every line, and bringing so much to the table. The other day, one actor told me he had sat and thought about how to say a single line for ten minutes. Should he say “Not that you’re looking for, Sagot,” or “Not that you’re looking for, Sagot”?
Everyone is very good at playing, as well. No one is afraid of pretending. I don’t want to give away their part, but the female admirers made a show-stopper out of 5 lines of dialogue. When I tell everyone to be weeble-wobbles, chickens and dinosaurs, everyone jumped in and began rolling or squawking or roaring. The best is when we play games in character. Everyone is able to jump in and out of their character’s brains, and it is a scream to watch.