the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (stage combat)
I have to get better at coordinating fights & music...

(I'm listening to the aria from Fifth Element again - I love that bit)
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Shrew)
Today was the trailer shoot. There will be more later, but I have to say this now.

I got to see Kate & Petruchio today. They were only glimpses and ephemeral, but they were there.

HEEEEEEEEEEEEE

This is my moment of director geekdom....
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Merc)
Got this second hand, but apparently the shows that I directed and produced for KWLT last year? Profit was $15K.

Not bad.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Evil smile)
I had this idea the other day.

For those that know them, this may amuse.

I want to cast my Mr. Oddson and Mr. Mawdsley as Oscar & Felix.

I think it would work.

I also shouldn't be allowed to freeform think on caffeine without a handler.
the_nita: (Thinking)
I'm going to take the opportunity of a quiet lunch hour to enjoy some yummy food & dive into the next script. I might as well get the buggers on paper and out of my head...

(anyone want to make me an icon for shrew??)
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
It seems to grow every time I turn around.

Plus I need to find the SCRIPTS for a couple...


  • Cyrano

  • Music Man

  • Noises Off

  • Private Lives

  • Zorro

  • Shrew

  • Roaring Girl

  • Much Ado

  • Richard III



At one play every 2 years, I think I'm booked till I retire.

Or I need to find a way to clone myself.
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
You need to see this.

Dear gods.

Dear gods.

Sweet baby jesus, it's good.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
My cast & crew rock my tiny world.

My set is built. My set that involved building out the entire stage so that we could fit 14 swordsmen on it at once. Plus three stair cases.

It's GORGEOUS.

All the bits & pieces of the build are done. The lights are hung, and shy of a small technical difficulty, we would have had lighting levels done tonight as well.

Sound is still a bit of an issue, but that's as much random chaos of the universe (the amp went? What the hell?) as it is the director still dithering about pre & post show music.

Costumes are going to be gorgeous. Porthos certainly already is. Louis' coat will be stunning. The women are going to be enchanting. My costume mistress has a tonne of work to do still, but there are backups coming tomorrow and things will be grand.

So thanks to a suggestion from my genius fight choreographer, fight practice took place on the steps of the Church Theatre - oddly enough, on a Saturday in St. Jacobs in the summer, we handed out bunches and bunches of business cards about the show. To the point where we're discussing having some of them out to practice on both Saturdays during the day - perhaps pre-pre-show fight practice.

Props are reasonably organized - there are still a few things to be dealt with, but K is making things happen.

Holy crap, but the stuff that looked like new raw wood when I saw it this morning now looks amazing.

We even got in drills of the fights on the new stage, giving everyone a first taste of what "we don't have to pretend there are stairs & walls and the like any more" really looks like. Sweet gods, but it'll be sexy.

If you don't have your tickets reserved, SERIOUSLY - get on it. This is going to be a hot show. Email boxoffice@kwlt.org or call 519-886-0660 to book your tickets.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love this cast - they've made the people in my head real. I love my crew - they're making the near impossible demands of the crazy director a reality.

Dude - I love theatre.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
Yesterday was long, ending in a glorious double run of act one. I'm happily in lust with my show. It's funny, it's tightening up nicely, and I cannot wait to see it with everything - costumes, set, lights, music...

Couldn't sleep last night - brain would NOT shut down - fell asleep around 3am, to awake again at 4, then again at 6:20.

And I have a work out planned today at noonthirty with She Who Kicks My Arse.

This should be an interesting day as well.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (KWLT)

  • Show's shaping up - still a few places that need work, but not a surprise. Over all, things are looking very good, and heartbreakingly sexy in places.

  • Over the past week, we've emptied the office of doom, pulled up & disposed of the carpet, refloored in gorgeous bamboo, repainted, turfed the old blinds, installed new (accessible for washing) curtains, started the reload in (omg, space), dekippling seriously as we go.

  • Prebuild for the show is done - all the knee walls for the extension, flats are ready to be installed, still need a few set pieces, photos & to finalise the music.

  • Publicity stuff for upcoming season

  • Work - especially with lots of coworkers off.

  • Visiting with a dear friend and saying good bye again

  • Parenting

  • Walk prep - though not as much as I should - something's had to give


Yah....whee
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
My actors make me happy.

The work they do makes me happy.

The way they work together makes me ruddy delighted.

In that kind of "I'm going to go have a moment and melt in a corner" kind of delighted.

Heee...

Yah, this show is going to rock.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
Rehearsal went really well today - few shaky bits, one scene that really needed help, but overall, oh baby....

Things that made the director gasp with glee:

I had a perfect moment of the "the difference between d'Artagnan & the musketeers is pure raw talent vs. years of experience" today. When it isn't a spoiler any more, you can ask me - let's just say that Austin (d'Artagnan) did a fancy bit of handwork with his sword - and [livejournal.com profile] johnofnotrades (Athos) handily demonstrated that he knows more about a blade than the boy does. Oh - it does this old woman's heart good to see it when it works so damned beautifully. If there was a way to do what they did again SAFELY, I'd keep it for the show....

There are a couple scenes where the boys draw on someone, and they have to be utterly unified and ready to mete out response to what's happened. Face, body, swords - they were different in the nuances of character, but otherwise? Like they'd been a team their whole lives. It was glorious.

Milady & the Cardinal....gods, but I can't wait to see this with costumes.

The dry run with the necklace replacement....it worked exactly as I'd hoped. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] olletho - the necklace is perfect.

So much is coming together. We still have about 5 weeks. I am excited....
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
I had my cast. All of them (though one was late) - even mostly free of injury. I had my crew (that I was expecting) - again, mostly undamaged in the long term variety.

There was one scene that I pretty much forgot I was the director for the first 2 pages - it rocked so damned hard I didn't have to make notes. They were no longer the actors I know and love - they were Porthos, Aramis, de Treville, Athos and d'Artagnan...sweet gods, it was glorious. Once the few line glitches get ironed out and when the couple small timing issues in the latter half of the scene are dealt with, that one will be ready for the stage...and we have over a month still. Hee...Nita's a happy director.

Sweet gods, thank you, universe. I needed a good night. My show didn't let me down.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
Good rehearsal last night - people getting more comfortable with themselves and each other. Still a few rough spots, especially in the intimate moments in the show, but that's pretty much the standard drill. One of these days, I am going to have to find myself the "how to teach someone how to be intimate on stage without feeling awkward, and quickly" book. In the meantime, I do what I have learned works - break the motions down as much as possible to a series of less threatening movements and make them drill it. Occasionally though? I'm tempted to take the approach I did long ago with [livejournal.com profile] johnofnotrades and [livejournal.com profile] andeewah and just tell them to get it over with.

Then again, I'm the one who keeps picking all the plays with the mushy stuff in it..*G*
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
Directing is always a fun thing, but sometimes are better than others.

This is a really high-spirited cast. Sometimes, getting focus is harder than others.

However, when they focus, and they're starting to, oh. sweet. gods., stuff works.

The improv'd bit with the innkeeper's daughter, Porthos & Athos yesterday - and no, I'm not telling you - small, completely in character, and made me nearly aspirate oxygen.

The first kiss we've done with D'Artagnan & Constance - a series of kisses down her face...once we had the timing worked out....yah. Oh, baby, yah.

The way D'Artagnan's voice can crack on demand....presuming my Porthos can survive the experience....

The characters are starting to come out. It'll be better when they're surer of their lines. But it's a hell of a good feeling to know it's there.

Y'all gotta come see this show - if you need tickets still (and I know they're going reasonably fast), lemme know. Get me a date & money before the first weekend in July (and I'd really recommend earlier), and I can get you tickets for $10 a piece.

Just remember to keep your arms & legs inside the ride at all times....
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
Tonight I go in again for more fight choreography - SwordMan has to be out of the country, but his able-bodied side-kicks will be helping out tonight. He's handed off the playbook to [livejournal.com profile] johnofnotrades, as I understand it - and [livejournal.com profile] aherne has the swords in her trunk. Seriously - it's a playbook - trying to make sense of the picture with all the x's and o's and lines & arrows - my poor head wobbles.

I believe we have the choreography worked out for the first fight scheduled - it's the later one that'll be ... fun. It's the big fight at the end of the first act with just about everyone who can weild a sword at once. Mostly, I'm decorative (and cheerleader), but when they need to get "where is this person supposed to be coming from again" or "why is this person doing X", that's what I'm for (yay for copious notes!).

Hrm. Wonder if SwordMan left his camera to capture the fight on video again or not. If not, I think I may have to see if I can source something quickly....
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
Started sending the characterization notes to the cast - gods there are a lot of them. Going to take me a day or two, methinks.

Hopefully, what I'm doing won't just stop with me having sent them, but start a good discussion about what the characters are doing. I mean, yes, this is a goofball romp, but still - the characters are important. The more they are, the better this will be.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
This is going to rock hard.

I love read thru day.

I love my cast. (Bunch of perverts that they are...)


Heee...
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
I have an SM who rocks my world.

She can think clearly when I can't. She remembers shite I don't.

Damn, but it's nice to know someone has your back - and they're good at it.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (3 Musketeers)
Casting meeting went till almost 2am.

22 people came out last night. That doubled the take of the first two nights, combined.

44 people, 17 roles. Dude. And so many really talented people.

I'm going to look at the potential scheduling conflicts again in the cold harsh light of day, but I think I have the hard bit done.

Dude, this is going to rock hard.

And telling all the people I didn't cast they're not in isn't going to be remotely fun.