Thursday, January 29, 2009

So Incredible to Be Acting Again! (Ian Madeira)

so incredible to be acting again! we've spent so long planning this, that i almost forgot what it was like to be feeling words instead of writing or planning them. all the emotions i've felt throughout the last year channeled through a character i have yet to discover. much of sam is me and i am sam, but the discovery is the best part. just as we live each day as humans, i live each rehearsal as this human character, part imaginary being, and with each passing day more and more real, more tangible, more grounded in this imaginary world we call now. so crazy to fall in love with myself all over again.

Video--Conducting the Chorus Exercise

One of the exercises we did to get into James's monologue was for Drew to conduct an improvised choral rendition of the text. Here's the very end of the monologue/song/exercise. video

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

First Rehearsal, from Drew

hello internet
so here is my first blog ever.
today was the "1st" day of rehearsal, and we started with a very logical start: the start.
the play starts with my opening (and only) monologue. scary scary shit.
after getting it as much off book as it was going to be, we played around with it; did it from different angles, made the other ensemble do it as an orchestra conducted by me, stuff that helps get it in deep. im not ready yet, i havent done the table work yet. as an actor i need to talk ALOT about things, figure things out, experiemtn, fail, try again and again and again....however the term "discover" sounds so theatre faggy that i want to go out of my way to not use that term. we did no discovering.

im excited. great first day. god its good to be back.

Monday, January 26, 2009

We knew we were special...

Hello all,

Michael here.

I've taken it upon myself to write our very first rehearsal blog post, a tradition we'd like to keep up over the next two months as we prepare to stage <3...So here I am. It's 2:00 in the morning (a mere 3 hours after our first rehearsal) and I find myself listening to music (F&F, obviously) and thinking back on what we learned tonight....

As we read through the script I was taken by a sense of accomplishment. I smirked a few times, remembering moments from the last few months as we developed this script (i.e., perpetually reoccurring ringtones). And I looked forward to finding new ways expand on the material, and to incorporate new ideas, designs and technologies to help us tell this story.

This sense of accomplishment was accompanied, however, by an eye-opening realization of exactly what's ahead of us! We have just over two months to mount an incredibly ambitious project that will require a lot from all of us.

That being said, I have never had more faith in a group of individuals, and have never been prouder to be a member of the BSTC. Let's make some theatre.

<3
Michael