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KITB 5: Here we go…

Here we are at last. Just over eleven weeks after our first rehearsal for ‘A Kick In The Baubles’, tonight saw our final rehearsal in The Forum before we take the show onto the stage.   And there are only around 15 seats left across the run so full houses are expected.

The Programmes are printed and ready
The Programmes are printed and ready

Everyone was buzzing and now eager to perform in front of an audience.  Well, there are only a few days to wait for that particular form of nervous pleasure….

So what next?  Friday and the weekend will be another form of hard work:  set-building, after which we will be on stage to run our Technical and Dress rehearsals.  If we thought we were busy over the last few weeks with extensive rehearsals and line learning then the two weeks of final rehearsals, set-building and performances are at another level.

Looking forward to seeing you all in the audience.


Happy Christmas!

Christmas prezzies!  It’s not easy is it. That moment when you’ve just gift-wrapped that Hermès scarf and Luis Vuitton bag, those First Class tickets to New York and the keys to a new Ferrari and you think “Mmm, not bad.. but how can I top this with one final gift?”
Well we are here to help – buying tickets for ‘A Kick In The Baubles’ will guarantee that look of appreciation from friends and loved ones….

Okay, enough of the selling for 2016. Now we are taking a short break. Rehearsals for this week are over and we will be back in the New Year with more news.
Meanwhile, from all of us at the Petuaria Players, we wish you —-

A Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year

Official poster for ‘A Kick In The Baubles’

KITB 4: Sounds Good


Sound editing
Editing & assembling the sound cue programme

Not all of our sound effects and music can be sourced from the internet – many are quite unique to the performance and all have to be mixed and edited or recorded specially.  As we said in the last post, this comedy is sound-rich and some sound cues needed to be created from scratch.  Our rehearsal hut,  the Forum has thin walls. So it was with some amusement we had to record some rather loud adult sounds that could only be awarded an 18 rating.  We can only imagine what anyone passing outside would think we get up to in there.  When we realised it was leaving time at the Scout hut next door we thought we’d better take a break, although I’m sure some of them were thinking that they might be applying to join in the near future.


But now it’s done and our laptop is loaded with 95 programmed sound cue actions and is set up to use in rehearsals. Richard and new member Reuben have been let loose on the keyboard and armed with  cue-marked script have helped uplift our rehearsals this week to the next level.

Coming soon…  our publicity poster, learning lines, more rehearsal insights… oh, and Christmas!

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KITB 3:Work Hard, Party Hard

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. apc_0163This 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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