Guest post from Christmas Carol cast member Lara Allison
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!