Preview Tonight

 This evening, we preview The Belle of Winnipeg.  It will be the first time an audience has seent this play based on the Silent Film style since we started work on it.  This is a new play, in a new style, something that no one has really seen before.  We’re all more than a little anxious, which is only natural.  We don’t know how an audience will react, if they will laugh loudly, or if they’ll be so concentrated on the style that they will be quiet, or even if they will think its funny at all.

Last night’s dress rehearsal was rough, but we got through it.  We did have to stop at one point for a safety issue, but that won’t happen again (actually, it can’t).  Aside from that, there isn’t much more to say.  The audience will either enjoy it or they won’t.

I’ll report back when its over.

End of week 2

Today was our last day in the rehearsal hall. After a day off tomorrow, we move into th Winchester Theatre on Sunday, and start final preparations for putting this show in front of an audience.

This has been a gruelling week, and I have finished each day, coming home and collapsing on the couch and barely moving. There has been a lot of great work this week, the work has just been tiring.

We open on Thursday.

The First Week

This is the end of the first week of rehearsals for The Belle of Winnipeg. It been quite a week. I had originally intended to blog each day from rehearsal, but rehearsals have been so busy, that I haven’t had time. The work has been physically and mentally exhausting, but it’s also been very rewarding. The cast is so talented that even when rehearsing a scene I’m not in, it’s been fun to stick around and watch.

Each day has been so tiring, simply because we are creating the play in rehearsals. Being a play based on the silent film style, there’s no dialog, so there are no lines to learn, but that just means that we have to work harder to express what our characters are doing and feeling. We have to be specific. It’s a lot of work. But the characters are also extremely hilarious, which is good because… It’s a comedy.

There’s more to be done. And there are still a few hurdles in front of us, but everything will come together.

I hope you are planning on coming.

Belle: Rehearsal Day One

Yesterday was our first day of rehearsal.  I discovered at the end of the day that there’s some wifi I could pick up at the studio, so I should be able to blog during rehearsals (when I’m not on), which should make updates easier.  I’m also hoping to be able to shoot some video of rehearsals if everyone is up for it, which should be fun.

As expected, the work was physically challenging, and by the  end of the day my body was really protesting every move.  But as challenging as the work might be, its also a lot of fun, and the actors are so talented that its always rewarding, even when we’re trying to hammer out the specifics of a scene.  Since this is a play based on silent film comedies, specificity if extremely important. When you don’t really have lines to fall back on, you really need to make certain that everything you are doing has a purpose, and so you need to know exactly what your character is saying and feeling and doing.  There are some very in depth conversations happening, on what the characters are doing and how to get that across without words.

Working a new scene this afternoon.

Its so great to have the time off from work to be able to do this, and I’m very thankful for the people at work for giving me the time off to focus on this work.  I wouldn’t have been able to do this without their generous understanding.