The actors showed up in character and know exactly what they’re doing! Of course we started off with a bacon machine and an icebreaker. The Marriage of Bette and Boo is an ensemble piece, and I feel like it is important to build the community from the beginning. We are, after all, the Hyde Park Community Players! Not only does this make us stronger as a team, but it encourages us to take more risks and play more, have fun, and be more nostalgic during the last performance and the cast party.
The first reading was inspiring. It is interesting how much easier it is to listen to characters say some of the horrible cutting remarks, rather than reading the lines straight off the page. It makes you realize that art might represent horrible people or stances, but it does not support them. It is important for art to capture reality with truth, even if it is ugly sometimes.
Check us out, reading together on a freezing January evening!