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So – auditions for The Odd Couple were last week.  And as you may have seen if you’ve looked on the OC site recently, we have a cast.

First read through was Sunday and I have to say, the chemistry makes me very very happy.  Along with watching the actors break themselves a few times giggling as they read what they’ll be saying for the next few months (over and over) and get some of the brilliant humour and innuendo that exists in this script.  I’m going to have a lot of fun with this group.

That being said, when I contacted people, I asked them if they could keep mum until I had the whole cast.  And then because I didn’t get enough sleep Saturday night, I completely forgot to tell them that it was cool to tell the world that they were in the show.

So they, being good actors, kept quiet. And then asked the SM when they could tell the world they were in the  show. She asked me and I might have hit my forehead a few times.  Then I told the actors to go ahead…

The last little while has been a little crazy for me – between ramping up for the show, plus going through a learning curve at my new “pays for my life” job, it’s been very busy around here lately.

So my technical staff gets to thump me a little because I’m behind (but catching up!) on items that I promised them a while back.  For instance, Chris, my TD, who’s also my set designer, got me a set design a quick couple days after I took forever to get back to him on what it was that I wanted in the set to begin with.

And Ginevra, my props mistress, just got an email with the link to the massive props list – let me tell you one thing about this play – there will be LOTS of stuff for the cast to tinker with on stage.  There are 85 pages to the script, and I think there’s over a prop per page – possibly closer to 2.  Fortunately, most of it is pretty straight forward and easy to find.  I think I even have something that can stand in for the Pure-A-Tron.

I have a few more ducks to get into rows, as rehearsals start on Sunday, so I still have a little time…

I might even get some sleep in there somewhere.

Maybe.

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Planning on coming to the Odd Couple auditions?

You can fill in your audition form online to save yourself time!

(My stage manager is all kinds of awesome for getting this done!)

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I keep telling myself – Monday, auditions start.  Monday, Odd Couple starts being something that’s “more real”. Monday, other people beyond the merry band of crazies start believing in this idea as well.

After Tuesday’s workshop, as my technical director, lighting designer, photographer & stage manager were there, we wound up having an impromptu discussion about some of the set design ideas.  I have some very pie in the sky desires and floated them out to see what technical solutions might be had.  What was interesting for me was that I wasn’t immediately laughed out of the room and told flat out no.  Now – we see if they can make those pie in the sky concepts actually possible, but the way the discussion went, right now, the technology is the only limitation.  If they find the machine will fill the space desired, then we’re golden.  Or at least a very nice pyrite.

I’m also doing last minute finishing to my notes about costumes & props and the like. When I get the finalised set design, I’ll be able to finish up the blocking notes.

Monday.

It’s getting close.

I can’t wait to see who comes to auditions…

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TenBareToes Entertainment returns this April 2011 with the Neil Simon classic, The Odd Couple, performing at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre.

Following 2010’s critical success, Taming of the Shrew, Anita Kilgour and the TenBareToes company is looking forward to taking the stage again, this time with a strong story about the joys and the pains of friendship.

“Oscar & Felix are iconic images of the love/hate relationships room…mates and friends can get into,” says Kilgour. “Even with the sheer frustration that Felix brings into his life, Oscar tries for a long time to keep his friend from doing something desperate.” Both men are dealing with the aftermath of being left by their wives and each finds his own way to deal with it. “I’m looking forward to contrasting the two – Felix and his passive- aggressive demands for attention opposite Oscar’s adamant insistence that everything is fine, even as his apartment falls apart around his ears.”

Open auditions will be taking place January 24th, 25th & 26th, starting at 7pm at MC2054 at the University of Waterloo. Please see our website at http:/www.tenbaretoes.com for more information.

Cast requirements:

6 men, 2 women, adults only, please

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Anita at akilgour@tenbaretoes.com.

Performances are April 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 all at 8pm at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, 9 Princess St. E., Waterloo.

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Excuse me for a minute while I gush like a schoolgirl…

We got the rights! I’ve been waiting on eggshells for about a month now and I can finally announce it.

April 2011 will be the next TenBareToes production – Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple! The nice folks at Samuel French confirmed with me this week that we are a go for the production!

I’m really looking forward to working on this modern classic and very funny play. I’ll be having all kinds of fun working on the dichotomy and similarities of Oscar & Felix. I’ve already started working with the graphics & web design people to the marketing started.

We’ll be holding auditions January 24-26, 2011, starting at 7pm. I’ll keep folks posted as to location, as well as the usual details of characters & the like, as soon as I have that confirmed.

For those who had some transportation issues getting out to Shrew, you’ll be delighted to hear that we’ll be a little more centrally (for K-W) located this time. The nice folks at KWLT have agreed to rent their theatre to us. Performances will be April 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30, 2011, all shows starting at 8pm.

I’ve confirmed Stacey Saunders, one of our brilliant ASMs for Shrew will be at my side as Stage Manager for Odd Couple and I’m trying to entice another local into acting as my producer. I’ve also asked a few other folks to act as experts for me in a few areas (eg. what I know about poker can get written longhand on a playing card itself). We’ll be looking for more people to get involved back stage, on stage and in the promotional end of things, so there’s lots of opportunities to get involved. If you want more information, please feel free to get in touch with me.

The next few months will be work for yours truly as I go through the script more than a few times to figure out what I need as director – one of my favourite parts of any show – starting to build the dream out of whole cloth.

Till next time!

Anita

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I have had a few people ask if TenBareToes has parts for kids. At the moment, no, I don’t have any shows planned that will need child actors.

That being said, knowing how much fun it is to act as a kid, I’m passing on an audition notice I found today.

Growing In The Arts School of Dramatic & Cinema Arts is putting on a production of Bubba Begonia, You’ll Be Sorry

Auditions are September 9 & 11.  See the show link for details and best of luck!

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