Joie (hymnia) wrote,

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Snapshots and Portraits

So. Tonight was our first show night.

In any theatre production, there is always at least one major mishap. We had one tonight that was rather serious, I’m afraid, though it didn’t affect the show too badly. One of the actors has a newborn child, who somehow fell out of its car seat tonight, and from what I heard, landed on the asphalt—I guess this happened as they were getting out of the car. I don’t know the exact details, and I have no idea how serious it is. They did take the child to the emergency room right away, but we haven’t got any word on what happened after they left.

But the show must go on, even minus a cast member. We don’t have any understudies, but one of the other cast members volunteered to fill in the part (it just so happens that the character he usually plays doesn’t share any scenes with the character we were missing). We were going to arrange for him to have props on stage that he could hide a script in and read the lines—but instead he amazingly managed to memorize the lines for the part in the time that we had left before the show started. Everyone was trés impressed.

There were also many whispered prayers backstage tonight for our missing cast member and his child. I really hope everything is OK.

Anyway, the show went well. Really well. It feels good to have one night’s successful performance under our belts.

Oh, I remember I promised more info to solusfides on what the play is about. Here you can see the poster for the play. It’s being put on by Verve Theatre, which is an amateur theatre organization associated with my church. Verve sometimes puts together sketches with religious messages to supplement our church services, but the mainstage productions are usually secular. Past productions have been “family-friendly” comedies, much like those you might see a high school theatre department put together. This play is a little different, though. It is more of a dramedy, and a story about a multi-generational family, sort of along the lines of Parenthood. It also, unlike previous Verve productions, has somewhat more religious overtones, although most of the themes of the play will be just as meaningful to non-religious people. A few of the jokes may go over the heads of audience members who don’t know “Christianese,” though.

The play has a rather clever format; each scene in the first act is a “snapshot” involving different members of the family. The second act ties together the different storylines from the first act, as the family meets for Thanksgiving dinner. Among the scenery for the play are these giant photographs of the moments that are caught on camera in each scene. Yeah, there is a giant 3 ft. x 5 ft. photograph of me and the woman who is playing my roommate. I saw it for the first time Friday night, and the first thing I said was, “My nose looks enormous.” The make-up person was nearby when I said that, and she said, “You are such a girl.”

My character is a 25-year old single woman, who is a little bit tired of being single. Doesn’t require much acting, does it? ;) She’s a nice gal, but not as witty as her smart*ss roommate. Yeah. My character mainly gets to feed the straight line for my roommate’s sassy comebacks. When I auditioned, I was going for the sassy roommate part, but I’ve no complaints about the casting. It’s kinda nice to still get typecast as a bit of an ingénue.

Well, I guess I had better head off for a good night’s sleep. The new PoA pics and such that are coming in look great. I love the clip of Hermione slapping Harry’s hand away from the Time Turner. I played it over and over again. It’s so Hermione. And Ron warning Harry away from the Pepper Imp (or whatever it is). *bounces* I can hardly wait for this movie!


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