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Ready, Set… from Andrew Carr

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

NOTE:  Andrew Carr wrote this just before opening night.

Ready, set….

We’re ready for an audience. As characters Thurston Wheelis & Arles Struvie say,
“Come oooon out!”

It’s been an enjoyable rehearsal process, but now the fun begins when the most
important ingredient in theatre is added: an audience. Those who have never
worked on a theatre production might not realize the dimension that an audience
adds. I’m not referring simply to bodies occupying seats; I’m talking about living,
breathing people who respond to the actions on stage.

Unfortunately, because most of us fill our entertainment needs by sitting in front of
a screen, we’re conditioned to sit, watch, and be quiet. If we do attend the theatre,
we are often so self-conscious (are we worried about disturbing those around us?)
that we unknowingly remove ourselves from the production. We don’t realize that
an active audience – one that participates with its laughter, boos, tears, etc – is vital.
We, as an audience, complete the art form. It’s not actors, designers, directors, or
technicians that make theatre what it is (left to themselves, they create screen art),
but the audience that makes live theatre the most experiential art form that most
people ever experience.

Haute culture aside, as an actor I would be lying if I didn’t admit that a responsive
audience aids my performance. That’s not to say that I don’t give it my all every
show; I do. But an audience sharpens my performances. It’s as if they energize me,
and as a result help me give more through my characters. Call it artistic symbiosis.

So, if you’re coming to see Greater Tuna, Chazz, Hjalmer, Natalia, Steve, Marsha, Eric,
Payton, Hannah, Justin, the Board, and I ask you to throw caution to the wind, don’t
worry about what the person in the seat next to you thinks, and bust a gut if you feel
like it! We think you will.

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Greater Tuna needs Dressers

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

From the Directors desk:

We are in need of two dressers to assist our actors in the quick changes of the many characters they are performing.

We open on March 8 and the  commitment is as follows:

Mar 4 – 9 7 PM -10 PM

Mar 10 1 PM to 5:30 Pm

Mar 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7 Pm to 10 PM

Mar 17, and 24 from 1 Pm to 5:30 PM

The duties are to lay out costumes for the quick changes and to assist each actor to get them on and off the stage quickly.

If you can do these positions contact the director, Hjalmer Anderson at email: hjalm@comcast.net

or phone 425-408-7181 during business hours.

Thanks,

Hjalmer

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Next Steps in the Rehearsal Process…from Andrew Carr

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Andrew CarrI have script just about completely memorized and the show is blocked (actor speak for knowing where I’m suppose be onstage at any given point in the show). Now comes the fun part: running through and polishing it. It’s always my favorite part of the rehearsal process, because it’s when the characters start to take on their own unique identities. This show presents a real challenge because there are so many identifies to flesh out (and keep straight); but that makes it all the more fun. Some of the character development is already starting to come together. For some reason, the two females characters that I portray (Bertha and Pearl) have been the easiest ones to forge. I’m not even going to venture a guess as to why.

This week also begins the challenge of working on the numerous quick (costume) changes that Chazz and I undertake. The goal is them to appear seamless to the audience, but getting to that point is going to require choreography akin to a musical theatre production.

Stay tuned….

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