16 December 2005

Arsenic & Old Lace cast list

Congratulations to the following performers who've been cast for the senior project production of Arsenic & Old Lace:

  • Mortimer Brewster – Nik Horaites
  • Aunt Abby BrewsterJuli...uh Justine Jensen
  • Aunt Martha Brewster – Hillary Burrelle
  • Jonathan Brewster - Arick Chirstopher
  • Dr. Einstein – Adam Chimeo
  • Elaine – Chanelle Pederson
  • Uncle "Teddy" Brewster – Adam Broud
  • Officer Patrick O'Hara – Dug Yun
  • Officer Klein – Garrett Frierson
  • Police Sgt. Brophy – Carissa Francese
  • Lt. Rooney – Alyssa Hutley
  • Reverend Harper – Dustin Cheney
  • Mr. Witherspoon – Adam Sandgren
  • Mr. Gibbs – JJ Bowdish

Our Town Video - Saturday Eve?

Mr. Geisslinger is curious if anyone got video of the Saturday eve performance. Let me know!!

12 December 2005

Tempest Auditions - specific expectations

First - Roles Available:

  • Males - Prospero (major), Caliban (major, stunts), Antonio, Sebastian, Ferdinand, Alonso
  • Females - Ariel (major, sings, stunts), Miranda, Ceres (minor, sings), Iris (minor, sings), Juno (minor, sings)
  • Either - Stephano (sings, stunts), Trinculo (sings, stunts), Adrian (minor, poss stunts), Francisco (minor, poss stunts), Boatswain (minor, stunts), Mariners (non-speaking, stunts), Airy Spirits (non-speaking, stunts)

Second - Preparation:

  • Monologue - show me you can speak and ACT Shakespeare with something from the Bard or the period - 1 minute minimum, 2 minute maximum. Memorized - not like some read parts from Fall Auditions.
  • Movement - if you are auditioning for a part that includes 'stunts', we'd like to see you move - something acrobatic, gymnastic, or dance. If you don't have something prepared, we will give you something - expect to remain an extra 15 to 20 minutes to get it ready and show us.
  • Singing - if you are auditioning for a part that 'sings', we need to know you can carry a tune, or at least tackle a melody with confidence (several of the singers needn't be tuneful)

Third - Availability

  • This show will rehearse early evenings (6pm to 8pm, usually) with some stunt rehearsals earlier in the day (4pm to 6pm). If you are cast as a player with stunt demands, you may be needed for 4 hours on some nights. Do not presume that your juggled work schedule and other commitments will be accomodated by rehearsal times.
  • For the purposes of safety, ALL persons cast in stunt demand roles will be expected at every related stunt rehearsal - for Ariel, this will be particularly demanding. Please speak with me if you have questions.

07 December 2005

It's Dec 7...do you know where your dog is?

In the finest Doty tradition, another blog entry about a stray (two earlier posts can be found on my old personal site, from July of this year and July of last year).

This girl was on campus today, very skittish and underfed. Ashlee, JJ and I tried to get her, but she bolted south to the neighborhood beyond the little Keeneway Alley.

A nice woman (Tina) on Honeysuckle with a super cute black Cocker Spaniel helped by luring this beast to her yard and feeding her, then calling me. We've given the temporary name "Harbor" in honor of the day, and are looking for owners (found ads and calls to shelters). More news as we get it.

05 December 2005

Auditions - UPDATED

Tempest Auditions will be IMMEDIATELY following Winter Break. Sign Up sheets are now up at the call board - Jan 3, 4 pm to 6:30 pm Jan 4, same times. If you have schedule issues with the available times, comment here and we may arrange for something else.

Auditions will include a prepared (meaning MEMORIZED) piece of at least one minute and not exceeding two minutes length. People auditioning for Ariel, Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo will need to demonstrate movement and singing, as well.

I suggest your audition piece be Shakespeare or a contemporary of Shakespeare (Marlowe, say) to demonstrate you can do the language. Accents are NOT required (and may do you more harm than good). If you bring a modern piece, I may ask you to read something from Shakespeare cold.

The audition itself will include me and two pre-production staff, likely NOT associated with NMHS (auditioning in front of strangers is a GOOD thing).

Arsenic and Old Lace auditions will be BEFORE winter break, Wednesday of the final school week of 2005. Sign-up sheets are up in FA6, and check with Adam Broud for more details.

Arsenic auditions are from scenes from the show. Copies are available in the FA 6 Lobby.

Both shows will rehearse at close to the same time, so being in both is HIGHLY unlikely, if not impossible.

01 December 2005

Assignments - Now 'til break

Intro:

Reading: "The Tempest" (scripts available 12/01)
Lighting Design for "The Tempest" (block 5 focused on Acts I & II, block 7 on III, IV, V)

  • Scene breakdown due Dec 9
  • stage map with instrument options due Dec 13

Memorized piece, in preparation for Tempest auditions, Jan 3 & 4

  • ANY Shakespeare monologue - duration 1 1/2 minutes, ideal
  • In Class Performance (twice required) week of Dec 12
  • AUDITIONS for "The Tempest"

Prep for Regional Acting Competition

  • category Auditions (if needed) Jan 12
  • All Intro students, whether they intend to ACTUALLY compete or not, need to prepare at least ONE competition pieces (solo, duo, group, mime, musical) and perform in class on or before Jan 12.

Advanced:

As above, plus SECOND competition piece for Regionals.

Set/Production Design for "The Tempest" (rather than lighting)

  • Ariel flight rigging
  • Shipwreck
  • Sound FX
  • Prospero's Cell and the Island

Preliminary sketches, ideas, notes due Dec 9 (share set thoughts to Intro Classes who have lighting projects)Detailed preproduction work before winter break

Site Updates!!

So if you are regular visitor, you may notice...if not, this will call your attention to what else is here besides the semi-regular blog posts.

A new section "Casting & Auditions" will link to pages on the various productions' dates, times, and call back and cast lists. Rehearsals will still post on the front page.

A new section "Assignments" will link to the Intro and Advanced pending assignments, as well as upcoming projects for Tech Club and a link to PAL (Parent Access Link)

It is also nice to know that if you Google "Tornado Theater", we come up first!