Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dwindling Numbers

Another person has dropped out of the production! I met them just one time, at the very first rehearsal. I am sure they had their reasons, but, wow. Keep in mind, I am in this show because I myself replaced a drop out. Now another.

The initial suggestion of our director was to eliminate Philip Glass from the production altogether. He citedthe fact that one of the actresses had already replaced two other people, and would be in three of the shows. Plus the fact that it is the most difficult of all the shows to do when time is short, and casts keep changing.

I was inclined to agree, but did not really say anything. I am having a bit of a hardtime with the script, and I would not weep if it were cut. But in the end, it was decided to at least give the one actress a chance to learn the script. And if she can, the show will continue.

Ok, but the question is, will I be able to myself?

Actually, I am sure that I will be able to...but it will take lots of extra time put into it.

On the plus side, tonight proved that I am just around the corner from being off book for The Philadelphia. I studied it alot yesterday, and some today, and as I deliveredthe lines I realized I had more committed to memory thanI would have thought a few days ago.

That being said, I was able to emote more, and come up with some more unique line readings, since I was off book for some chunks of it.

One thing I am having a problem with somewhat, (not terribly large), is the exageratted innunciation that is required of all os uf in this show. It is difficult to innunciate that properly, while trying to convey a frazzled character. Yet it is very much required, as the acoustics in the chapel we are using are very poor. We are taking physical steps to correct that, but innunciation is still even more important than it otherwise would be. (Which is very important anyway.)

At the end of rehearsal it was decided that next week we are to be off book. I havementioned how far I am on that. But this one is sneaking up on us. Not only is it a short time away, but meeting only once a week makes each rehearsal all the more important.

It's a bit hectic right now. But I would not classify myself as worried at all.

Nobody else seems to be either. So this is good news.


Muzak Box said...

This may seem like a crazy suggestion but it really helped me. Go home and do all your lines with a ping pong ball in your mouth. It's going to be a disgusting drooly mess. Only do it in front of the mirror if you want to feel weirded out when you say them. But I can't even tell you how much it will help with enunciation. You find all of the muscles that make you say certain sounds. I know it sounds batty but trust me it works.

suzan abrams said...

Waiting to read your stories, Ty for when you have the time. :-)
Have read this post too. Of course, you can do it. It sounds liek you have the right disciple, flair and mettle all round.