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EVERYONE- bring a small, spiral bound notepad that you can keep in your pocket and several pencils. This is mandatory. Please, no folded up scratch paper. Put your name on the note pad. Keep it with you at all times. This is really, really, really, really important.
Order of activity on Saturday:
(.5 YOU MUST SIGN IN ON THE CHART THAT WILL BE IN MY ROOM. Once here, we ask that you do not leave without an emergency reason and permission from both Mr. McCray, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Helbig.) 1. Costume orientation.
2. etiquette and Makeup/hair orientation.
3. Props orientation.
4. Run scene changes.
5. Preliminary body mic check and costuming (because costume changes are part of the scene changes)* 6. Run show for content and scene changes.
7. Troubleshooting, notes, dismissal.
8. Wrap up. We will have a pad on the stage for you to write down any missing props.
* some costume pieces may still be under construction or alteration. We will only be working with the pieces that Dwayne feels confident about us using on this day. Please take a fresh shower that morning and wear the foundation garments you think you will use for the show. At the very least, the same types.
We usually aim for a mid show meal around 3-4. If you are in costume, you must store this safely in a place you can remember before you eat. Eat no food and consume nothing but water while you are in costume. No flavor drops in the water, please.
Our target for dismissal on tech weekends is usually around six or 630. But emergencies happen and sometimes we have gone as late as eight. We ask that you make no formal plans for anything prior to 830. We will use the blog to update parents on our progress and estimated time of dismissal, though.
Parents are welcome to watch any phase of any rehearsal that they like. If they have any feedback, I am happy to have a conversation. Please have these with me personally. I will answer any questions and field any notions/ideas immediately.
Same call times. We will be doing a full run after a sound and light check unless you are updated otherwise.
On regular school days with a regular schedule, there will be a meal right after school. Bring something to physically write down notes with. You will then have time to get in to costume. We usually do not worry about make up until Tuesday or so. Warmup on stage at 5:30. Go is as close to six as we can. When we have professional musicians (in addition to Mrs. Helbig) they are often arriving around six, and they will be getting notes and warming up. At the very least, at six, you should be miked and in the drama lab, ready to hit the stage upon notice.
Saturday and Sunday of show week:
On show days, please be at the theater no later than 2 hours before house open. Sign in immediately or you will be considered absent. Do not sign in for anyone else. Do not leave earshot of the Stage area under any circumstances.
On show days, house will be open 1/2 hour before go. At house open, all outside warm-ups should be done, your costumes should be in place for any quick changes. The stage should be set and you should not, for ANY reason go out onto the stage until you get the places/go cue.
Each evening before you leave, please hang up your costumes exactly as you will find them, hung up during tech/as instructed. We will dismiss each day only when props are accounted for, and in place, the green room is clean, and the costumes are hung and stored exactly as they need to be for the next day. This is extremely important.
THIS IS FOR REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES, INCLUDING THE FINAL SHOW. After seeing relatives and getting into your civilian clothes, please gather in the central section of the auditorium until dismissed.
Finally, on the Sunday, on which we close, we ask that you stay at the theater between the two performances.
Please remember to take a shower each morning/prior evening, and to use a good, unscented, deodorant/anti-perspirant. If you have some kind of allergy, let us know and bring whatever kind of crystal or substitute you use.
Please start drinking eight 8oz servings of water a day, wash your hands before eating, do not share any food, etc. if you are at all inclined, please wear a covid style mask as much as possible before coming to the theater during the day. Vaccinations are still subjects that people have strong feelings about, but a mask is a mask, and given flu season is particularly bad this year, a clean mask can’t hurt while you are out and about and in school.
Thank you for everything!
One day behind was a pain. Two days? Very difficult. So, we have to make some tough choices. Although the poll will be rolling, and you should e-mail me at email@example.com if you have ideas/insights, I will close it before Friday’s rehearsal and let you know what we’re going with, there.
There may be a billion solutions, but we really need to settle on a few, and these make a modicum of sense.
I appreciate your flexibility!
I gotta put on my Uncle Mr. McCray hat. If she doesn’t have all of the measurements she needs (consult the chart a few posts below) by the END OF TODAY (January 30), we will be in BIG trouble.
If you do not have a tape measure, use a string, use it instead, and then lay it flat against a ruler or yardstick to improvise one. The important thing is to get it done.
Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns about this, email me at email@example.com
Great job, everyone! I could have cast this a dozen different ways, and it still would have been a great cast. No matter the part, each one will have a fantastic performer in it.
This is in no real order. Apologies for any misspellings! If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Biggs — D’Artagnon’s Mother, Elise
Mary McGarr — Mother Superior
Genevieve Hendrix — Milady
Hayden Kesterson — Buckingham, Ravanche
Sara Sims Wilbanks — Sabine
Katherine Valliant — Adele, Sister at School
Lucy Keh — Abess
Katie Samples — Queen Anne
Maddie Freeman — Constance
Rick Cark — Richelieu
Terrance McBride — King Louis XIII
JB Crawford — Aramis
Chase Clayton — Porthos
Nathan Wolfenbarger — Athos
Chase Brown — D’Artagnon
Graham Rogers — Rochefort
Jackson Mullins — Basille, Fache
Will Lauver — Treville, Ruffian
Corey Spurling — D’Artagnon’s Father, DeBris
Jackson Mullins — Basille, Fache
Braxton McDonald — Stanley, Innkeeper
As for now, have a great holiday. Rest. Be safe. If you want to watch a Musketeers film to get a feel for it all, the best is the Richard Lester THREE MUSKETEERS and FOUR MUSKETEERS, both of which make one, big movie.
You did a great job today! Just got out of a meeting with the main fight director.
This is about your safety and your happiness, so please read it carefully.
This may have an impact on whether or not you want to proceed. If you read the below and realize that it does not mesh with your needs or the needs of your family, please let me know. You have nothing invested yet. There is no dishonor in looking at what’s below and deciding that it is not for you. Your #1 job in life is not to be in a show. It is to be safe, happy, and healthy.
Our fight directors (it is a play with so much combat that it requires two, with certification) have analyzed the script and determined that we will need to add Friday rehearsals. Please prepare for that if you continue auditioning. The first two weeks of rehearsal will be just fight class before fight choreography even begins. This will be a very safe show if everyone respects the training that they need to have. Even if you have had fight training, it was not under these directors and many of them speak their own “language.”
If you think you will miss even a day of this to anything other than serious, seasonal illness, please do not try out.
I say that now, so there will be no sense of bait-and-switch. One of the scenes involves around 13 combatants.
Also, actors will be expected to be close to off-book by the end of the second week of rehearsal. I will schedule an off-book read through for that time. Getting off-book is tough, but it can be done independently. We are taking on a whale, and that is one place where you can be a real leader.
The good news is that the fighting could end up being show-stopping-legendary for Webb. The people involved, if the directors prepare them properly, might pull off something of rock star status. It will be worth the time. Every practice matters. I have yet to go through the conflicts people may have written down, but if you have ones on there and still wish to try out, come see me.
No paper copies, please. Only digital. Thanks!
Email to email@example.com prior to December 10.
Please download, read completely, and e-mail back to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and “Drood” in the subject line BEFORE you audition.
Check back here for more audition details!
Actors: Please send a bio of one hundred words of less to email@example.com by this Tuesday morning at the very latest. These programs are a lot of work to assemble, and your timeliness is essential. Thank you!
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and ‘yes’ to indicate that you accept your role. Thank you!
As always, thanks to everyone who auditioned. There was great work all around, and I look forward to working with the cast. I sincerely hope that everyone continues to try out for shows at Webb (if your time allows) and elsewhere. My gratitude goes to all of your very hard work!
in order of appearance…
DUNYASHA Katie Samples
LOPAKHIN Neal Jochmann
YEPIKHODOV Rick Carl
ANYA Sara Sims Wilbanks
RANEVSKAYA Mary Kate Heagerty
VARYA Maddie Freeman
GAEV Graham Rogers
CHARLOTTA Genevieve Hendrix
SEMYONOV-PISCHIK JB Crawford
YASHA Chase Brown
TROFIMOV Nathan Wolfenbarger
HOMELESS PASSERBY Reece Rose
STATIONMASTER Chase Clayton
POSTMASTER Hayden Kesterson