Friday, December 13, 2013

The End is in Sight!

What a crazy week-and-a-half it has been!  We have gotten crazy amounts accomplished.  And I am exhausted.  Absolutely exhausted.

Last night we opened our show.  We had a small audience but they were all incredibly enthusiastic.  It was exciting for us, though, because it made us realize that we did it.  We put together a production in a week and a half.  Which is crazy.

I have started to become stir-crazy though.  We have been stuck in this lodge for the majority of the time.  I have left a couple of times to do things such as laundry and going to talk to schools but most of my time has been spent in the lodge.  We are all living in really close quarters.  But we go home Sunday.  I can make it to Sunday.

It is getting to Jessica too.
Throughout this process, I have been directing one of the shows.  It has been quite interesting.  It is a very short timeline and working with a playwright as she makes changes has been quite the learning experience.  (We were lucky because she didn't change much.  Which was very very nice.)  The play I directed takes place in an ad agency with two guys who are trying to come up with a new ad campaign for plungers.  It is quite a funny play.

Erik and Brian acting.
I have also been part of the group that goes out to the schools.  We only ended up being able to get in touch with one school but we went to two different teachers' classes.  Even though Jessica's and my play wasn't chosen to be part of the night of plays, it was chosen to be read in the schools to get students to come.  It was really exciting to get to hear the play read and hear people react to what they were hearing.  I think that most people enjoyed it!

I got to read stage directions for my play!
We still have 3 more performances.  Two of them are tonight and then we have one tomorrow.  And I am one of the curtain holders.  Which means that I hold the curtains back so that people can come on and off and so that the scene changes can happen.  I will be holding a lot of curtains tonight.

Also, I got my theatre advisor to participate in this week's Awkward Dance Wednesdays.  I was amazing.  Enjoy.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Things I Have Learned About Myself In the Past Few Days

I am up in Björklunden, my college's northern campus, for a Start-Up Theatre class.

The idea is that we are, in two weeks, starting a theatre company, writing plays, and putting on a 10-minute play festival.  We got up here Monday for lunch and have been going pretty non-stop ever since.  We have named ourselves Greyfell Theatre Company and have been working on getting ourselves out into the world.  Throughout the last couple of days, I have learned quite a few things about myself.

1.  I hate the word "thresholds."  I have a terrible physical reaction to the word that I can't explain.  When I hear it, my stomach starts churning and my whole body starts shaking.  I really don't know why this happens.  It weirds me out that I can't figure out why this happens.  I just know that I need to avoid saying the word, which will be hard because we just named our night of 10-minute plays "Thresholds."

2.  I like writing.  I have known this for a while, but I have always had problems finishing things because I get nervous about my writing and decide that I can't share it with anyone.  I then feel like my ideas are terrible and that other people have WAY better ideas and so I stop writing.  I have so many partially written things lying around.  And I haven't even really written much in the past couple of years because I am so afraid of failing.  But, being here, we were forced to write a 10-minute play and we had less than 24 hours to get a first draft done.

Working through drafts.
I worked with Jessica (even though I wrote most of the play) and we had a great time.  We fell in love with our play right away (because the characters were very similar to ourselves) but I was still nervous about putting it out there.  Yesterday morning, we had a "power read" where we read all of the plays that everyone had written.  (There were 18 total, including our own.)  While that was exhausting, it made people read my play.  I was forced to let over 20 people read what I had written.  And people, including professors, kept telling me that the play was good!  That night, we had to make slates of our favorite plays and ours could not be our own slates.  We then had to advocate for shows we really liked to Jacque, our literary manager.  One of the company members, Phillip, raised his hand right away and advocated for our play as the very first one.  And other people agreed with his opinions!  It felts amazing to hear people enjoying it.  Sadly, when the slates were announced this morning, our play was not on it.  It was disappointing but Jessica and I have talked and we are going to continue working on it to submit it to some 10-minute play festivals at other theatre companies.

3.  I really enjoy doing blogs!  We each had to take positions on different marketing teams and I am on the blog and YouTube teams.  I know that I haven't written here in a while, but that will be changing.  I WILL START TO BLOG HERE MORE!  Anyway, for the Greyfell blog, we came up with a blog schedule that involves having different people involved in the program write blogs in the early afternoon and then the blog team (of which I am a part of) will write in the evening, following our last session, about what has happened throughout the day.

Abi, myself, Jessica, and Matt, AKA The Blog Group
Today, I got to do the student perspective and I have done a couple of the other blog group posts.  It has been fun to get to tell people what is happening and the nice thing about the blog format is that, while it needs to be somewhat professional, it doesn't need to be completely, 100% professional.  It is a fun way to spread information!

Just an example of one of the faces on my Greyfell blog post
My blog post for Greyfell revolved around my feelings so far with pictures of my face to explain those feelings.  Check it out here!  It's pretty cool.  

Oh man.  This post has become way longer than I was expecting.  Oops!  Anyway, check out Greyfell!