So, I unexpectedly made the first school play of the semester when a friend had to drop out because of other commitments. I got a call from the producer a day after finding out that I didn't make it. Best phone call of my life! I've been working with a great group of actors and crew ever since, and it has been one of the neatest experiences of my life. It's a fairly small theatre, but there's only 8 cast members, so it's just cozy. Small cast and crew is nothing new for me, but black box theatre is. It's a really cool way to do theatre, because it means you can set up the staging any way you like: proscenium, thrust, in the round. For this show we've got it set up proscenium, but it's different than a traditional theatre in that the audience is closer to the stage, and on the same level. It's an intimate experience, but not in the way that the Blackfriars Playhouse is.
The crew is absolutely amazing. Last night, the set was bare, patchy, and mismatched. This evening at rehearsal, it had all been painted. The walls, the doors, the baseboards, the trim, the floor! There were matching chairs and a large rug. The doors opened into halls and rooms, instead of black spaces. It was all dry, all coordinated, all lovely. The doors slam and the props are organized. The publicity team is doing a great job of getting the word out (*le me helping them....*), and the actors are fantastic. I am so blessed to be a part of this production.... You guys all need to come see it!