The World Crashing Down: AKA – “My Show is This Week”

I’m a writer. I love writing.

I’m a director. I really enjoying directing.

I’m a producer. I like producing.

Yes, there’s a distinct step-down there. Writing and directing unleashes the creative demon inside me in very different ways. Producing, well, that’s where the stress comes from.

And this week, four and a half months  of preparation comes to fruition, which really feels like the world crashing down around me. Actually, I’m sitting by the ocean as I type and each of those waves reminds me of something else I must get done before the show date.

Here’s a last minute list:

seating arrrangment – in a black box modular setting and we are still working on configuration.

Promotion – yes, must sell those remaining seats. But  luckily, tickets are going quickly.

FOH – Front of House – oh, this reminds me that I need to arrange front of house staff for each shows. Oops! Forgot this one.

Wednesday is bump-in day. All props, set pieces need to be transported. Then the massive task of rigging and focusing following our lighting plan. Then mic set-up and sound check. Then cues! NO! CUES!!!! It takes so long. Then adjust lights because the director wasn’t thinking ahead and got a new idea once he saw the lights.

Arrange food for the team. This is important.

Transport too!

And then technical rehearsal, and then our ONE CHANCE on-site dress rehearsal. Yes, we only get to perform in the venue once before the show date. It’s a massive challenge.

This, and more, is what I’m staring at this week, thus world-crashing-in felt appropriate.

Producing drama is the most work I’ve ever in any one task. But don’t get me wrong. It’s also the most rewarding. I love it all.

It’s going to be a great week!

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Here’s a little graphic I put together about my upcoming show. It’s a collection of comedic and dramatic sketches I’ve written over the past seven years. My good friend Doug is directing Act I while I have the helm for Act II.

It’s going to be a bittersweet look back of what we have accomplished from an ensemble standpoint. Typically, RLT maxes out at 12 members, but we extended the casting for this very special show, and it’s worked out great. I have some directing insight I want to share on a later post. I’m finally figuring out what kind of director I am.

Oh, and look: Could that be our sometimes movie review guest columnist Inha Kim in the middle of that photo? Could be.

I can’t wait for this show: May 12-13 @ penangpac.

Six Hour Rehearsal – The End in Sight

Today, my drama crew and I spent 6+ hours together working out the kinks of our new show. Many kinks remain, but it was great to see everything begin to come together.

The first 2.5 hours was working on our mini-musical: “The Last Shepherd.”

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This is a poignant piece which ends our first Christmas show ever. It’s still rough. We had done very little work on it prior to today.  The lyrics are powerful, but now we have to get the ensemble to 1) learn all the lyrics well and 2) belt it out like a Broadway performer. This is one of the most challenging parts of high school drama – volume. They always think they sound  loud. They don’t.

But I’m excited. This is our 5th season of RLT, and we are happy to usher in the holiday season on Dec 3-5.

The rest of practice  today consisted of tightening up the other sketches and doing our FIRST complete run-through of all ten sketches. It went quite well for November 7. We should be ready.

I do love the creative outlet of live theatre. For me, it’s hard to beat!

(Now it’s time for my sick body to rest.)

Road Less Traveled Dramatic Sketches Now on KINDLE!

I just published on the KINDLE the seven original dramatic sketches that our group the RLT Players have been performing.

These are great for schools, youth groups, churches, & other drama groups who like to perform low-prep, set-free drama productions which are really fun but ultimately meaningful.

They are available for only $1.00.  What a deal!  Please pass this along to anyone who likes drama or wants to go down the road less traveled.

Here’s a brief synopsis of each skit.  The starred ones can be read in their entirety on this blog.  Thanks everyone!

Sketch 1: “A Walk with Robert & Frost” – Traveling companions Robert and Frost the Polar Bear come across two paths which diverge in the woods.
***Sketch 2: “Almighty Might” – A man stands quietly in front of the gate to the presidential palace waiting for a revolution to come.
Sketch 3: “Tutti Fruitti” – Durian and her buddy Jackfruit have to endure the prideful taunts of Mango.
Sketch 4: “Wisdom Builds a House (Folly Destroys It)” – Based on Proverbs 9, Wisdom invites the whole city to her banquet at her grand house on the hill, but Folly has other plans for the night.
***Sketch 5: “(Traffic Jam on) A Highway More Taken” – A strange phenomenon called Traveler Indifference comes over the nation’s citizens who suddenly stop everything they have been doing. Two TV newscasters investigate.
Sketch 6: “Take Me to Your Ruler” – Turmoil erupts in the Kingdom of Stationary as Clip delivers a threat to Ruler from Meter Stick of the Democratic Republic of Office Supplies. Lined Paper and Duct Tape try to save the day.
Sketch 7: “Walk” Explore the different walks of the Hipster, the Ants, the Despair Walker & the Sacrificial Walker

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Less-Traveled-Performance-ebook/dp/B006V030ZU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326094874&sr=8-1