Well, I finally got all the casting done for my show. It was amazing. We ran two weekends of auditions and it ran beautifully because my producer is fantastic. I did a lot of prep work between the two weekends, and after the second weekend, I was able to get the casting done in a day.
And then all hell broke loose. Apparently certain people felt they were entitled to a part in my play and didn’t get one. Other people thought they should have gotten a bigger part. Other people thought that this person or that person shouldn’t have gotten a part. It just has turned into a big snarling mess. So I have spent almost a week sitting people down person by person and talking through problems, and of course doing what I always do and worrying way too much.
I worked so hard to make a fair set up for auditions, which would value both peoples feelings and their time. Since so many of the audition process I have been through have been awful, I tried really hard to make it something joyful, with a learning component. It is so sad to me that some people can take the disappointment of not getting a part and turn it into such a dark place, and forget everything else that I have brought into their lives.
But anyway, at least most of the turmoil has settled and I am moving forward and so excited about how everything is looking. People are already memorizing lines and asking me about their characters, and I love the discussions that are beginning to happen.
I think that this process is really going to change me as a person. I already know that my feelings will be very different the next time I walk into audition for someone else. I think I’ll feel more sorry for the director than afraid for myself.
We are taking a big trip next week to the fabric district in Dallas to buy fabric for the costumes. I can’t wait to start seeing it all come together.
I can’t believe that it has been so long since I have written in my blog. It seems as if this year has been so intense that I have been running from on thing to another. So I realized that I need to get back to updating this on a regular basis, for my own sake.
Well, right now I am involved concurrently in 3 theatrical productions. I just finished The Bawdy Five, for which I was doing the music and also all the promotional materials, as well as supporting the directors. It was much more difficult for me to do the music for this show, because it was medieval music, and I am just not as familiar with that era. I like to listen to medieval songs, but I don’t have them at the tips of my fingers, in my memory, and know all the sources like I do with the 16th and 17th century stuff. So it took a lot more time than I thought. I was pretty happy with the final result, however because we only had 3 weeks to put the show together, I really didn’t get everything done till the second running weekend of the show. It was pretty stressful, but ended up being a fun experience over all since the last weekend of the show was fabulous.
I’m also working on the music for an original practice Taming of the Shrew which will be playing in April and May in Austin. Original practice means that they will be using men as the women’s parts, and will be keeping everything as close to what we know that they did in Shakespeare’s time as they can. I’m really having fun with the music for his one so far. It is looking like I’ll have a good quartet to play with. I’m also going to be choreographing at least one dance, which is a new thing I have started getting in to. Interestingly, I also taught a movement class to the actors for this production, to teach them how to move in costume. The director asked me. I was a bit flabbergasted, but sat down and thought about it, and put together some good information from the dance and baroque gesture training that I have had and it seemed to work well.
My third show, is of course my Midsummer Night’s Dream which will be running September 24-October 15th. I am in the middle of two weekends of auditions, as well as a ton of planning and other preparatory work. I am so excited about the way people are reacting to me and to my show. There is so much excitement and enthusiasm. I hope it continues through the whole process.
My mask business is continuing to grow. I am still selling several masks a week, and so the money continues to gently flow in, which is really nice. I have almost a hundred sales on Etsy, and I continue to have opportunities to sell in person come up as well.
So things are absolutely going as well as they could possibly be. For the most part I have been really happy, and I am enjoying living my life even though it is busy and complex. Anyway, I hope that I can get back to updating a little more regularly with all the wonderful things I am learning and creating.
Hope all is well in your worlds,