December 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Eddie: Favorite: Holiday movies. I try to watch Home Alone and Jingle All The Way once a year. Also, flying back home to visit family and get away from the cold for a few days. Least favorite: Paying for said flight.
Metropolis: Without giving too much away, what is your favorite sketch from Holidays in the Heights?
Eddie: I love all of the audience interaction sketches, the ones we get to improvise each night. We sing an improvised “sexy” Christmas song that’s a ton of fun.
Metropolis: That famous New York sketch show has some pretty memorable holiday scenes as well. Are there any that stand out in your mind as favorites or that inspired you in any way?
Eddie: SNL’s got a ton of classics… Schweddy Balls; Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan singing “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”; ”D*ck in a Box”… all so good.
Metropolis: And, of course, what we all really want to know… egg nog or hot chocolate?
Catch Eddie in The Second City’s Holidays in the Heights at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre – playing through December 31st. Click here for more info, show times and tickets.
November 27, 2013 § Leave a Comment
As we make our way through tech rehearsals, the cast is spending quite a bit of time together. Here are a few photos from our recent rehearsals.
November 21, 2013 § Leave a Comment
We asked a few questions of Myrin Vollkommer (8) and Sophie Rohr (9), our two actors sharing the role of Tiny Tim in our upcoming production of A Christmas Carol, to get their take on the show and the holiday season.
Did you know the story of A Christmas Carol before rehearsals started?
Myrin: Yes, I liked when Scrooge changed his attitude.
Sophie: I sort of knew the story because I watched the Disney movie. I thought it was cool with all of the visits from the spirits.
What’s your favorite moment in this show?
Myrin: When Scrooge meets the delivery guy and says “I want to kiss you.”
Sophie: My favorite moment is when Tiny Tim says “God bless us, everyone!”
Why do you like playing Tiny Tim?
Myrin: Because I like acting.
Sophie: I like having the last line in the show.
What’s the hardest part of playing Tiny Tim?
Myrin: The crutch.
Sophie: There is no hard part. It’s just fun!
What are you most looking forward to once performances begin?
Myrin: Performing in front of a live audience.
Sophie: Having fun performing.
What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?
Myrin: Getting presents.
Sophie: Hanging out with my family.
Are there any special gifts on your wishlist this year?
Sophie: I really want a microscope because I love science.
See Myrin and Sophie in A Christmas Carol running November 29 – December 24 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights.
November 20, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Hello, my name is Lara Allison, and I am an actor in A Christmas Carol at Metropolis. I’m 12 years old and in seventh grade at South Middle School in Arlington Heights. I was in A Christmas Carol last year too, and I am SO glad to be returning. I had such a great experience last year, and I really hope this year ends up being just as, or even more, fun.
I have a few new roles this year. I’m playing Fred’s daughter, which is new to the script, and we also added an orphan part that looks interesting! I also get to reprise my favorite role of Ignorance in the last Christmas Present scene.
In rehearsals for the last month, the kids have been doing a lot of blocking, singing and dancing. This year’s “Fill Up The Bowl” song and dance scene is much more extravagant, and that takes a lot of energy!
Yesterday was basically the first rehearsal with all the adults and the kids. It was pretty exciting to be meeting everyone all together for the first time. I only recognized Holly (the stage manager), Micky (the director),and actors Josh, Dave, Tyler, Margie and Claire who also are returning from last year. Everyone in the cast seems funny and friendly. I am super excited to do my 14 shows with them, including one show that my entire 7th grade class is coming to see!
Tech week is coming up and that looks like a lot of fun too, but it also seems like I’m going to have a lot of homework that week (there always seems to be more homework when you’re in a show)! During tech, every element that isn’t produced by the actors comes into play – like the lighting, set and sound. It’s when the entire show comes together. I really hope the tech rehearsals go smoothly, and then . . . it’s show time!
I appreciate you taking the time to read my post. If possible, please come to one of our shows (playing November 29 – December 24) and enjoy A Christmas Carol 2013!
November 18, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Guest post from Christmas Carol cast member Martin Hughes
This post is inspired in part by the most recent contribution made from our ranks. We recently had a designer run with members of the children’s chorus joining us and it was truly wonderful to have all of us together to put the show on its feet. As diligently as the adult cast members (and Tiny Tims, of course) have been rehearsing, you really can’t replace the presence (or the energy) that the children’s chorus brings to the show. All logistics aside (which are incredibly important to not bumping into one another and whatnot), the creative spark is fueled by the contributions of everyone together, which is why it was so integral to have the time with all of us together to breathe life into this work.
So why “Family”, you ask? Because, as an actor, you’re constantly creating communities with your fellow actors. I much prefer to think of them as family because, as with your own, it’s not always roses, and that’s okay. We learn our likes and dislikes, we make each other laugh, and we’re there for each other when things get rough because, if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to fully share ourselves on stage in our work. I don’t care what anyone says, no person is an island; an individual can be talented, but a supportive community can be transformative, and, to me, that is at the core of our work. So, in our time together, we create a family, a family of all the characters that I’m sure you have in your own family (except the Ghosts…possibly), to bring light and life to the stage, so that you bring your own light to others in your life.
As we come closer and closer to opening, the prospect of sharing our work with you all becomes more and more exciting. Our family can’t wait to meet yours! :-)
November 15, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Annika is a member of the children’s chorus in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol.
I just turned 14 and A Christmas Carol is my first show with Metropolis. I have had a lot of fun in this show so far! One time for a break in rehearsal, the other kids and I sat around telling scary stories. Yesterday we had our first walk through. After an hour of practicing parts of the show, it went really well. It’s cool how fast the show has come together. I can’t wait for the shows to start!
A Christmas Carol opens November 29 and runs through December 24 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
November 4, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Guest post from Christmas Carol cast member David Nadolski
Following the lead of one of the young ladies (Tess) who played Tiny Tim last year, I have decided to take up the mantle of the blog and occasionally report from inside the trenches as we build the beautiful final project that you have come to love over the years as A Christmas Carol.
First, my name is Dave Nadolski and I have the distinct honor of playing the role of Bob Cratchit for a second time this year. As you probably already know, this is a very different kind of show for Metropolis where we bond with our community online AND on stage, and I am convinced that you will be very pleased with what our new fearless Director Micky York brings to this year’s version of the show.
Last year, I was both touched and heartened by being able to experience what for many grade schoolers was their first ever brush with an activity that has become very special and central to the person I am today and the values I hold… the theatre. And it was SO FUN to see! Because with arts funding on the consistent decline and an educational push toward numbered test results which somehow translate to determining a student’s worth… now more than ever is THE time in a student’s life where they can experience something different, and it has been a beautiful experience to witness.
So whether it be your first interaction with these things they call “blogs”, your first interaction with theatre, or that A Christmas Carol simply holds a special place in your holiday tradition and your heart, on behalf of the cast and crew I would like to say welcome, and thank you for being an integral part of a tradition that we hold so dear.
David J. Nadolski