Thursday, May 3, 2018

Notes, final dress rehearsal

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! Y’all did it!
You got out there in front of an audience and put it all together. Singing, dancing, character
work, staging, props, entrances, exits, quick changes, nervous butterflies and all!

Second of all, you have a beautiful story to tell, not because the story is that amazing,
but because you are. You have invested so much time, energy, effort in the production.
You are supported by so many wonderful people who have created an amazing set,
costumes, programs, props, sound design, lights,...the list goes on and on.
Take every advantage of this. Every moment on stage and off should be spent
doing your part to tell the story to the audience.
(Even if that means sitting on a chair quietly in the green room.)

Third of all- SLEEP, DRINK YOUR OJ & WASH YOUR HANDS. Stay healthy.

Fourth of all, volume, volume, volume! Nobody is too loud.

Fifth of all, individual notes-

Evlana-  "But behind..." Great!

Beast- You have a "ROAR!!" in this scene. Put it in. The Beast is furious!!

All- Opening song, Belle, get into position quickly and professionally. Exit in character.

Chip- It’s really important that you bring the mirror into the Beauty and the Beast scene.

Amy and Sophia- when you enter with the lantern in the battle, don’t get so
close to center, stay farther left.

Narrators- LOUDER! Draw the audience into the story. Always stand stage right or left
VERY close to the little brown, built in, stool type thing by the downstage stairs.
So close that you can touch it. Why? That’s where your mic is and that’s where your light is.

Hailey, Maddy and Natalie- after Mob Song (Kill the Beast) you need to cross down to those
narrator spots before you speak, otherwise you are silent and in the dark.

Mehreen- THIS IS A CHANGE, For scene #2, enter right, cross to the regular
narrator spot, then exit right.

Lefou- you can’t whistle while wearing a mic.  :0( Humming works though. :0)

Techies- don’t change scenery until the stage goes dark. I appreciate your eagerness,
but don’t jump the gun.

Torch carriers- make sure that Elise turns your torches on and off

Beast/Lumiere- What happened at the top of scene 11?
What is the problem so that we can solve it.

The audience is the most revered member of the theater. They are our guests, our evaluators. They make the performance meaningful.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday rehearsal notes

๐Ÿ“Rehearsal Notes

Rosie, Sophia & Heewon- I like that you guys are creating business up there with the books but you can't LIKE the books. Belle is weird because she likes books, so maybe you all are looking at them trying to figure out what she sees in them. 

Anna- Much better on " It's no wonder..." Now, finish the entire line, every single syllable,  before looking away 

Evlana-  "But behind..." Great!

Villagers entering from the house- look at Gaston when you enter. He's singing. He's the most handsome thing you've ever seen.

Lefou- Bring the sack of game prop. It's under the prop table, left

Lefou & Gaston- open up!!

Narrators- you look bored in the forest

Babs- "Oh lala...." Louder!! Be excited! Surprised!! This is out of the ordinary! You've never walked into the room and seen a man there! 

Beast- You have a "ROAR!!" in this scene. Put it in. The Beast is furious!!

Beast- When you enter this scene, stay to the right of seated Maurice.

Beast- take Papa off right

Gaston- When you enter down left don't wait for the girls, just GO confidently, leave the rest to them.

Gaston- Whatever line you say before crossing upstage, say the entire thing facing out, then turn to go up to propose.

Gaston- How do you feel when she turns you down and leaves you sitting there?

Silly Girls- Y'all rock! Make sure we can always see all of you, stay open. The last line of your song, "I want much more..." is your chance to chew the scenery! You're making fun of her for making a big deal out of everything. Your character is doing a giant, overblown imitation of Belle.

Ensemble & Gaston- Great job continuing with Gaston song even with some lyrics fumbled. 

Athena- Make sure you've got all you entrances memorized.

Leads- the scene after the tavern, PLEASE LOOK AT YOUR BLOCKING FOR THIS SCENE. It's really messy and there's lots of wondering and awkward positions. I asked you Saturday to look at this blocking.

Thank you all!!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

More to come!! Check back tomorrow!!

April 28, 2018 (Saturday) All Day Cue to Cue – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

April 30, 2018 (Monday) Full Dress Rehearsal – 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

May 1, 2018 (Tuesday) Full Dress Rehearsal – 2:00 pm to 4:30pm

May 2, 2018 (Wednesday) Keppel Student “Teaser”  9:40 - 11:30  (performances at 10:20 & 11:00)

May 3, 2018 (Thursday) GUSD Invitational – 8:30 AM to 11:30 am

May 4 and 5, 2018 (Friday/Saturday) Evening Show – Call time 5:00 PM / end 9:30 PM

May 6, 2018 (Sunday) Matinee – Call time 12:00 PM / end 5:00 PM

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

We've got magic to do!

Hello all! 

This Tuesday we will begin at the top of the show and stumble along. 
You need to be prepared to make each entrance at the right time and from the right place.

If you didn't fill out one of the forms that I put on the blog last week, you still need to.
Here are photos of the documents. 
There are downloadable versions on last week's blog entry. 

Mob Song (Kill the Beast)
Gaston and Lefu- if there is space between "Kill him!" and the music starting, think about how you could fill it. Maybe you lean into each other and begin whispering plans? The empty space needs to be filled with a tense activity, but nothing loud enough to keep Kyle from hearing his cue.
Belle & Papa- you can help here too. Belle maybe crouch down to papa saying "We can't let this happen", etc. again not loud enough to cover Kyle's cue.

Anna- good timing, now 800 times louder and FULL OF FEAR. In your voice, in your face, in your body. Maybe holding the hand of one of your villager-friends, like we do when we're scared.

All- When Gaston sings "through the mist, through the wood...", you all look at him and lean toward him.

Gaston- "Say a prayer, then we're there" point to "there" right on the word, it's the back of the house.

All-  when Gaston sings  "Say a prayer, then we're there" look out to the back of the house on the word there. Lets see if we can make the audience think there is something creeping up behind them.

Stage left villagers- If you aren't able to do the movement and sing the lyrics for " It's a beast..." and "Massive paws..." I'm going to have to give it to some other performers. We can get you some help to rehearse it if you ask me or Mrs. Atchelli, and you need to practice it outside of rehearsal as well. Practice it together on break. 

Villagers on the stairs- THIS IS A CHANGE Start your move down the aisle on "Hear him roar! See him foam!..." As you move, act as if you're looking for the Beast. Is your character brave or frightened??

All- "Good and dead! Kill the Beast!" on Beast everyone (except those with props) right fist and right foot go DOWN sharply.
The same with the "I am!"s - right fist and right foot go DOWN sharply.
"Hearts a blaze" right fist to heart
"Banners high" right hand up

All- you guys are doing great ๐Ÿ˜€with that quick snap turn up stage. Just make sure every one does it. And every one goes down on the "Scooby Doo" sound. - No one's character gets to be the one who stays standing. It's messy and communicates the wrong idea.

Chippy - We really need to hear "Charge!" Try Announcing  "Charge!" and then jump.

Babs, Aren & Lumiere- this is going to be a great bit. Babs, much more flirting and tickling with your feather duster. Why are you flirting with one of the bad guys? This guy has come to kill your master and burn down your palace, why are you being friendly to him? You are DISTRACTING him so that your besite can set his butt on fire and get him out of your house! Lumiere, make this into a big hammy, over-acted, chewing the scenery sneak-up on Aren. Aren, you need to run around IN PLACE with your butt on fire, yelling, before you exit.

Cogs- Doing great w/ "Tally ho!" Good job taking the note I gave you.

Lefou- After Chip spits in your face, be still for one beat -shocked with surprize- then give us a HUGE athletic move upstage (A backward roll? We can talk about it.) And VOCALIZE! "AHHHHHH!" It's hot! It hurts!!

Chip and Pots- ๐Ÿ‘ Yea! Loved the bowing

Madame- Sail in with great dignity, stay RIGHT, after your astounding note sail off left.

Beast, Belle & Gaston - good work on a difficult scene.

Transformers- The reentry scene will need to be filled with joy, excitement, spinning, hugging, enjoying your totally human bodies (and maybe some additional blocking- I hope not, I'm hoping we can fill it up with acting ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Everyone- in the finale SMILES! 

All - Let's DO this thing!!

  Not in the wings!!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

For who could ever learn to love a beast?

We could! We could!!

Alright everyone- here's where the rubber meets the road, it's time for a
Run Thru ๐ŸŽญ
This Tuesday we need to finish up the very end of the show- everyone (except poor Gaston) will come back on stage for the finale, and then we'll do bows.
THEN, we'll start at the beginning and start running through the show in order. 
You need to know when and where your entrances are.

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            detailed scene break down

Fill one of these out and bring it with you.

Eat well, sleep lots, wash your hands!! Treat your voice as the instrument that it is.


Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances
~ Sanford Meisner

Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's a battle!!

This week we'll QUICKLY finish up Kill the Beast, then block pages 106-112 which includes the battle sequence. 

➽ Stage combat is a specialized technique in theatre designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers. 

 ➽ Only those performers who exhibit self control will be trusted to be involved in any type of stage combat. 


Come ready to work folks, you'll feel all the better for it come opening night.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Be inspired by the grown ups!

Rehearsal this week -
Majority of cast will be working pages 99-106- Kill The Beast as well as the scene prior.
Transformers will be running music with either Ms. Atchelli or Ms Whitworth. You may also be going over some dance sections with Ms. Linda.
We hope to have time to work Be Our Guest as a group. 
Lets knuckle down and get it done!!

Remember, actors, that we are all in this together. 
Treat each other with kindness. Support each other. 
The result will be a better show. And a better experience.

I looked up some definitions and synonyms for "ensemble"-
.the general or total effect of something made up of individual parts.all the parts of a thing taken together, especially when all the parts are in harmony 
.undividedness, unity, cooperativity