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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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The folks at Design & Develop have done it again.

The site for The Odd Couple is live and gorgeous! Here – go see for yourself – http://www.tenbaretoes.com/upcoming/the-odd-couple – seriously – go check it out! I’ll wait here.

Back now?

Here you’ll find information about auditions, tickets, the theatre we’ll be performing in and the cast & crew as we have them join us.

Tickets are on sale NOW for $13 until April 1. Get yours today!

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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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I had a few people ask me yesterday if the theatre was air conditioned.

Yes.  Oh, definitely yes.  It’s July.  When I was renting the space, that was a significant consideration.

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There is something magical when things are added to a stage play. Words on paper fire the director’s imagination. Add in actors – other voices and minds – and the picture becomes clearer and more complex. Give those actors props & costumes and you start seeing less of the actor as the character takes firmer hold on them. Add lights, a set, sound and music and you can take an audience with you into another world.

Last night was the preview night for The Taming of the Shrew. There were a few glitches – biggest being the fountain’s electrics breaking unexpectedly, but the cast & crew pulled together and made magic.

I am lucky. I have amazing people to work with. Come share in that magic.

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Yesterday, P & I went to see Cyrano (he missed it due to family matters last month, so I grabbed us cheap tickets for going again).

Closing performance. Very much closing performance - yes, it was everything it should have been, but moments were held a little more, a little sweeter yesterday.

My favourite?

When De Guiche is explaining that NO ONE could retrieve his white scarf (his mark of rank) from the battlefield that was held by the Spanish, Cyrano pulls the scarf out of his pocket.

When we saw it early October? He put his hand in his pocket and presented the scarf.

Last night?

It was almost teasingly slow - at least until the first flash of white came out of the pocket, and when the audience reacted, the two actors held the moment.

It was glorious. It was very much the Gascony arrogance and bravery that is Cyrano.

Mr. Feore? Thank you for letting me see my hero breathe again. You earned my tears this time.
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (TBT)
TenBareToes.com is LIVE!!!!

YAY!!!!

OMG, I love this - it's pretty, it does what I need it to do, it's scalable...

WHEEEEE!!!

[watch Nita bounce of surfaces...]

[livejournal.com profile] shortandcranky and Paul rock my tiny world!!
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Theophilus thistle, the successful thistle sifter,
While sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.

Now, if Theophilus thistle, the successful thistle sifter,
While sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb,
See that thou, while sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles
Thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb.

Success to the successful thistle sifter!



Dude.
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Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre proudly presents:

Les Liasions Dangereuses, by Christopher Hampton

at the rebuilt Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, located in Uptown Waterloo at 9 Princess St. E.

In her performance of 'Les Liasions Dangereuses', Director Karen Grierson moves the story from its origins in pre-Revolutionary France, to Jazz-Age Paris of the 1920s. When asked about her experiences directing this provocative play, Grierson had this to comment: )


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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.
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What happens when you have a sexy play, a brilliant director and a film crew of pure geniuses....

I love getting to play with the folks I do....

Ladies & Gentlemen - the teaser trailer for LLD - I suppose there's a NSFW if you happen to work in a VERY VERY conservative environment - then again, this is a play where sex is a major element.


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In the last little while, I've had a some phenomenal offers.

Someone I have tremendous respect for asked me to direct part of something that has long been one of their babies.

Someone else just now asked me to act in a movie they're doing. Because I'm good.

Hee.

Gods, I'm easy to please - just give me everything, and I'm happy.

Can I please have another 10-15 hours in a day (and the energy to utilize them) now???
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...the universe listens and responds so damned quickly
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So little sleep

So much pain in my head from a budding sinus infection

So much creative work I have to do TODAY

Time for the Old Yeller Treatment on Nita.
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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.
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I was at a trial. For a friend of mine. An actor friend of mine. As a witness - for the defense.

He was on trial for rape.

Here's where it gets a little odd.

He was being tried for a rape that happened in a show - he was acting at the time. He was doing a one act where the plot was following one man's descent into violent madness that goes from being just an ass through verbal abuse, physical abuse and eventually rape.

Here's where it gets really messed up.

Whenever he was about to do something to one of the women in the show, she would walk offstage for some reason, and there would be a mannequin thrust out. The director's reasoning - he had gone so far in his objectification of women that they would cease to be anything other than large plastic dolls to him.

It was a very surreal trial - I kept saying, "You do realise it's a mannequin. Not a person. Right?"

But it was a very cool concept for a production.

And apparently I spend maybe a little too much time doing theatre if "he had gone so far in his objectification of women that they would cease to be anything other than large plastic dolls to him" as a directorial bit of imagery comes out of my subconscious.
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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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I have a sweetie who loves me.

I have a show that's playing to packed houses.

I have a brilliant boy.

I have a brilliant cast & crew.

And now, I have a bath waiting for me.....