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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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As promised, the handouts from the recent workshops!

From the Props & gripping workshop:

From the Set design workshop:

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We have a LOCATION – the Math & Computers building at the University of Waterloo campus, room MC2054. If you go to the map at UW’s website (here – http://www.uwaterloo.ca/map/index.php), you can find MC towards the center top right of the map.

Parking on campus is regulated, so make sure that you’re in a proper spot as the campus police will likely be towing if they think things are in the wrong spot (especially with the snow).

Look forward to seeing you there!

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My cast & crew rock my tiny world.  I know I keep saying that, but they really do.

Last night was the final dress rehearsal before the preview tonight.  There were a few minor glitches, but overall, it was glorious.  I spent most of the show watching as opposed to taking notes as a director.

I am so happy.  The cast took to the stage, costumes & their props like ducks to water.  Somehow, my technical crew pulled rabbits out of their hats and gave me a gorgeous stage as well as a functional fountain, the scene change hell act that’s coming together smoothly, and costumes that are truly gorgeous.

Tonight is the preview.  According to Producer Mike, we’re going to have some members of the media there. It should be fun.

I have brilliant people working with me.  I am the luckiest woman on the planet.

Come see them.  The show is brilliant – it’s fresh, lively and they are so good.

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So we are a week (technically 8 days) away from the preview. This morning, Chris & I met with Gord from Elmira Theatre Company to pick up keys, do one last walk through of the space & start the load in.

Over the weekend, much work happened. Chris had a pre-build weekend which gave us all our set pieces – though the gate needs assembly (otherwise too large to transport) and the fountain needs some magic still. Mat, the set painter, got things started. What I would really like to know is why wood never looks like wood until you paint or stain it (at least on stage). Mat made doorskin look like aged weathered wooden planks. Blows my mind.

Speaking of blowing my mind, yesterday was the first time I got to see Bianca’s dresses. I asked for the delicate fashion plate. I got it. In spades. The difference between rough and willful Kate & gentle, sugar sweet Bianca will be evident from the time they walk on stage. It’s glorious.

Tonight is more painting and putting up the flats that define the stage. The aim is that Wednesday’s rehearsal has the entrances and exits where they really go & the cast has a chance to strut their stuff in the *right* space.

One more week. Get your tickets today This is going to rock.

May 2011

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