When I was 20 years old I signed up for “Comedy Cabaret” at Columbia College for the fall semester. I had NO idea how to write a sketch but I spent the entire summer writing down funny ideas, lines, and what I thought to be scenes. I walked into my first day of class with about 20 full pieces of paper. Two years ago I got accepted into the directors program. I found out I was 8 weeks...
So we have our final preview tonight (it’s free at 7:30 Tetro Luna) last chance to test stuff and run the show before Saturday. Then we open. I finished the playbills last night so besides printing them out we are basically done. This has by far been one of my best years and I am so sad to see it come to an end. I will post the final show video after we close. But I hope you will join us.
No original ideas left.
So I got my producers notes from my instructor. And one of the big ones was our opening song “Asshole” is very similar to a song of the same title that was put up 10 years ago on Second City’s Main stage show “Red Scare” Few things about this. 1. Part of my program is for me to be very familiar with the archives so how embarrassing that I didn’t catch this. I...
Ten days till we open
We are almost to the finish line for this show. I feel good about the running order and we have been running the show for the past two days. I can’t wait to hear what my instructor thinks. She sees my preview tommorow night. Stuff left for me to do: finalize playbills, purchase hooks for back stage, pay rent to Tetra Lunua for my last run through, preview night, send my MD a few songs....
This is our DeMaat set from Friday. I have to say I am embarrassed that my Imovie is on the fritz so it has 4 min at the top of the video of nothing going on cause I couldn’t slice it off. Other than that it is a real tight set. One of the things I feel real good about is (although I wont be running the tech) I am finally getting better at the tech side. You can tell the nights I pull...
At 4:10 Joey, Mo and I will go on vocalo.org to hock the show. Then back to Second City for a 7pm preview. Update from yesterday we did the previews at CIC and the groups were able to watch each other, it was real nice.
So I wake up to a flurry of emails this morning!!!!! Our (the collective directors program) Thurs previews in DeMaat for the next two weeks are double booked!!!! Now let me say…this shit happens ALL THE TIME! As someone who has been in charge of a calendar for a great number of people let me tell you human error happens. It can not panic you! What are your resources to put in a fix? Well...
So we just got invited to be on Vocalo.org (it’s like the little sister of WBEZ) one of the producers has been a friend for a few years and features my projects once in awhile. Issue is 1. Getting a sitter for this Fri at like 3pm. 2. Getting cast to go to talk about the show 3. Getting the ok from SC PR dept. cause it’s an interview so they actually have to ok it first. Sigh, good problems to...
This is our set the very next night (our act two) I cut one scene from this running order for our final show.
This was our set at the DeMaat. It was the first time doing most of this on the stage for an audience (of three one of who I married). I cut two scenes from this set to our final running order.
Three weeks left
I had a conversation with a cast member about how we have three weeks left. I the world of plays this would be soooo much time. We would get to the point where we are rehearsing 3 days a week, they would just now get the costumes and props and we would have a full week of tech to run the full show over and over again. In this process (and the way I set it up) I have two rehearsals left, one...
So where we at?
So after sets this weekend (no surprise) we ran long, like real long! So I cut three scenes ( a term Jim Carlson calls killing babies). It’s my hope that is the end of the baby killing. Press went out annnnd Metromix listed my show as the new ETC show….sooooo I am working to fix that. We staged all the transitions and ran those and songs yesterday. I feel like I am very good at...
Free Preview Tonight
Tonight we get to do 40 min at the DeMaat Theater (3rd floor of Second City) and because it is just word of mouth it would be great to have people in the audience. Come by and tell me what you think.
How to speak hip or Second City's Da Vinci Code
PROCESS: The time to takes to create a show. SETS: Performing material in front of an audience to test it. REVUE: The final show NEEDLE DROPS: Musical transitions that are not played live. WORKSHOP: A retired term for Rehearsals CHAIR SETS: Actors deciding before the show starts who will move what chair in the dark. GEEK SLOT/MAGIC PONY SCENE: The scene that the cast loves that is silly and...
We picked a title
Separation of State and Division
Only three rehearsals left
Ahhhhhh, how did that happen? We have five preview sets, two test sets, three reho and tech. Here is what I have left to do to deliver this show. 1. We need a GD title. We wanted to think on it a week and poll friends. 2. I have to write and send out press releases. 3. I have to design and print a poster/palm card 4. Print playbills (oh and put them together) 5. Work the shows...