So here is our latest update. And about time too you might say. Well, I’ll have you know that the excuse best employed here is that we are SO BUSY. The rehearsals, yes, but there are many other strands that are now being actively followed up. At any rehearsal you can find Sue scribbling in her book adding yet more props to the already extensive list as Gareth adds another little detail. Sourcing props can be a challenge but as this play has a Xmas theme then shopping for baubles is somewhat easier due to that impending event on December 25th. If you hear reports from Xmas-stuffed Garden Centres of a surge in sales this year it’s probably us.
This play is sound-rich. It is obvious when you read the script but became more obvious when we got the Sound and Lighting Cues spreadsheet from Gareth and I had to load more paper in the printer. Without doubt this is the largest list of sounds and effects we have attempted so lifting us to another welcome challenge.
Next up (don’t you just hate that expression, sounds like Channel 4) is to create our publicity photo and the production of flyers and posters and then onto distribution.
And amongst all that we continue with rehearsals and the cast are desperately trying to learn lines. We finished all the blocking last week. Blocking Jim, but not as we know it. This has been very detailed blocking that has covered not just our basic moves but how, we move, our whole body language, what we do with our props, our words, their delivery, expression, the pauses, the emotion – and what our character is thinking or reacting to and why. All this is scrawled in our scripts each in our own versions of shorthand.
Now it is time to put all of that into practice and get to that hard point where we attempt do all of that without having to look in our scripts….
But in the midst of all that we still had time to let our hair down at our annual Christmas Dinner Dance.
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