December 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hello!!! I wanted to take a quick moment to take you back stage with us for one last time. Today is Saturday, December 21st and I am backstage and just about to go into act 2!
This show has been wonderful, and so have the cast and crew. I am honored to know and work with all of them. And I am especially impressed with their professionalism. Yesterday, we had 8 hours between shows and all were able to let our hair down in downtown Arlington Heights. There we ate at Dunton House, caught a movie and when all was said and done, were able to come right back to the theatre and put on a show for a wonderful audience. It was great to see the dichotomy between the professional and personal worlds, along with how close we have become over the run.
And so this is the part where I let you in on a little actor secret: no matter how professional a cast and crew are, there is one universal fact when it comes to acting… the energy our audience brings is the key to an energetic performance. Whether it be applause after our dance numbers or the excitement of our student audiences when the lights go down; it’s YOU who are the secret key to our success.
So as we wind down the show and share it with you for one last weekend, I am brought to an appreciation of what the audience has given me and the rest of the cast… your support. Scrooge says it best at the end of the show, “Your presence is gift enough” (though I’d add that any donation to Tickets for Hope, Metropolis, etc. are much appreciated). But even more, your presence is a gift that keeps on giving. So with that said, thank you for your time and generosity. Thank you for your support and presence. And most of all, thank you for including us in what has become a very special holiday tradition for us all.
Best Wishes and Warm Regards,
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 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