The Christmas Carol Short Film Series: Crow & Dilber: The Demon

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

In this Christmas Carol Short film, our street beggar ladies from the show, Crow & Dilber, are given a backstage tour by the Assistant Stage Manager. It turns out the Fog machine is a little much for them.

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Invited Dress

November 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

Let me tell you how the schedule works for a tech week – at least here at Metropolis. It’s similar at most theatres.

Last Wednesday we had a spacing rehearsal – first time actors run show on set in the actual theatre.Thursday we had a cue-to-cue rehearsal, where we just run technical cues – lights, sound, fog, haze (there is a difference between fog and haze, I’ve learned). Sunday we had another cue-to-cue all day, and had our first dress rehearsal that night. Another Dress Rehearsal on Monday, Tuesday and Tonight. Tonight, the show’s big sponsor, The Peoples’ Bank of Arlington Heights, are invited to attend. It’s a little behind the scenes look at the show, if you will. Fun for them, good for us to have an audience. We’ll could have as few as 50 and as many as 250. We’ll see.

There’s not a night during tech week when actors left before 11 and the tech and design staff before 1:30 am. So, yeah. There’s that.

Friday is first preview, Saturday second preview, open Sunday at 4. Forgive me if this post is all business. I’ve got a lot on the mind. I’m excited. My front tooth no longer hurts. I’m low on sleep but high on Zicam and Orange flavored Gummy vitamin C bears.I

Christmas Carol

October 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

As the director of this year’s production of A Christmas Carol, I’m going to use this blog as the place where I journal about it. I’m busier than I’ve ever, EVER been, as a Director. I also have a two-and-a-half year old boy that wakes me every morning at 5:30 to ask if we’ve saved a spot in our bed for him. Apparently though, sleeping is not what that spot is for. It’s for jumping.

So by tomorrow, the show will be totally blocked (though there are still plenty of moments that need work), choreographed, and music learned. Now it’s about working on performance, character, execution, etc.

More updates to follow.

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Actors work on the choreography to Greensleeves, a number near the end of the show.

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