Spoon Lake Blues dress rehearsal

Tuesdays dress rehearsal went great. I was a little worried about lines and other people’s lines, but even with a few stumbles (and no ability to call lines) it went really well. Something we added to the mix last night was drinks. The drinks are Diet Coke with a Bud Light wrapper. Tell you what. I got a caffeine rush after nearly chugging the first one. Don’t really need to do that. We do open a lot of cans throughout the performance.

Pat Hurley (coach, light and sound, etc.) said it was one of the best performances, best acting he has seen me do at any time. That is great, I am improving my skill. What bothers me somewhat is that with even a small audience, my drive, energy, etc. increases. Not that that is the problem, just that I need to find all that energy during rehearsals and especially auditions. I can feel it, I know I have it, just where is it when I need it.

We rehearsed curtain call. Always an ego type of thing, curtain calls are. I had in mind that Kellee and Kandice would come out together and then Greg and I would come out together. BJ’s first order: Kellee, Kandice, Greg, and then Me. Got a little excited about that. I have had leads and have come out as the last pair, but never been given top billing. (I did say this was an ego thing). So I was excited and like I said, I thought Greg and I would come out together. Final plan: Kellee, Kandice, Greg, and then I walk out. Greg and I are to compete over bowing. Then bow as a group. Then the girls push us off stage. So no single spotlight, but I think this is better. Ego be something-or-other somewhere else.

TIP: Never make a comment about Curtain Call during planning and rehearsal of. And NEVER complain. The smallest things concerning ego can get you disliked. I even had a director once comment the she had never created a curtain call that did not elicit some kind of comment from the actors. I think she hated doing them.

Update: November 9, 2009

Podcast: I was trying to start a podcast in for the Atlanta area acting community – AtlantaActing.net. It is proving very difficult. With a full-time day job, rehearsals for a play and rehearsals for a TV program, it is very difficult to schedule interviews. Any extra time I have, I just want to do nothing.

Spoon Lake Blues: Next Monday through Wednesday, the casts of Election Day and Spoon Lake Blues will meet and perform for the author Josh Tobiessen. This will be great, meeting the author of the play. Monday, the cast of Spoon Lake Blues will perform. Tuesday is a Q&A with Josh and on Wednesday Election Day will perform.

Yesterday at set build, Pat Hurley mentioned the cast of Election Day is far ahead of the cast of Spoon Lake Blues for being off book. And as I thought about it, most of the cast on Election Day do not have day jobs. If I had all freaking day to learn lines…still, nobody else’s problem but mine. I should be off book with confidence by Monday.

Bright Flames TV: Started rehearsal a few Wednesday’s ago on Episode Two. In this episode, I play Ulrich Zwingli. Besides Robert Howell, who is the host and writer, I am the first returning actor to play a different role (Soren Kierkegaard in Episode One).

Editing for Episode One is nearly done. It will need to be entirely reshot but the thought is to try to get funding. Episode Two will go a lot smother then Episode One and will be shot in multiple segments to get all the shots needed for editing. I do hope this goes somewhere: History Channel, PBS, etc.

Disappointment and a New Role

The rehearsals for The Royal Family are not going as planned. We are falling behind. In a long talk with Pat Hurley last night, we exchanged confidences about what is going on. One thing is that the cast is not “off book” and should be. I admit some areas I am not off book and we rehearsed those areas last night. I really hate to disappoint Pat, especially when I don’t have that many lines compared to the rest of the cast. I have no excuse.

On a brighter note, I have landed a couple of roles. First audition on Monday night was at the Art Institute of Atlanta for student projects. I landed a role as the WIDOWER in a Drug Free America PSA. I did audition for another role for another student and I was awful. Interesting how you can be a very good fit for one role and read well for it and then very bad for another.

The second audition on Monday night and the one I am really excited about, if for the role of JUROR EIGHT in 12 Angry Jurors. Pat tells me it is the lead. Very excited about that. Thrilled even.

12 Angry Jurors runs October 8th – October 25th at the New Dawn Theater Company’s Second Stage in Duluth.

Opening This Weekend

Once in a Lifetime finally opens this week (Thursday). This has been a little different from other productions. First it’s a student production. A wide range of experience from none to not very many. I suspect I am one of the few to have over 10 stage productions on their resume.

This will also be a very short run, only 4 shows. I try to avoid doing such short runs. A cast will work for weeks is not for two months or even longer and I want to have a good long run to make up for all the work I put into rehearsal. That’s just me. I enjoy the whole process, but a short run just does not seem worth it.

This is an exception of sorts. It is the Alliance Theatre! Although I cannot put just the Alliance Theatre on my resume, people will see Alliance Theatre Acting Program.

Last night was Tech. A lot of standing around, doing parts of scenes while lighting was done. While 10 of us were on stage at the very end of the show, for lighting, it got very quiet. Just then my bowels made a very loud, very long grumble. It was so embarrassing. Everybody heard it and looked in my direction. What was even funnier was that about 2 minutes later, the girl I was standing with also had a small grumbling in the tummy. Everybody fell out. Alpha Trivette made a comment: “Like the Whale Songs which can be heard 400 miles away…”

Anyway, I ramble.


What I Did: Week Ending 2009-05-03

  • Hate work sometimes. Gonna be one of those days. #
  • @GMHForLiberty Yes. Sometimes I feel that way too. in reply to GMHForLiberty #
  • @KrisAWinchell welcome to Twitter.. #
  • @KrisAWinchell welcome to Twitter.. #
  • @cathybaron: Well the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators hockey team did not make it past the first round. nothing else matters. #
  • http://twurl.nl/3jzmit <– Office 2007 Service Pack 2 #
  • listening to streaming radio from Yorkshire (Leeds), just to hear additional British North accents. Have an audition in a few hours. #
  • I have not practiced as much as I should have on the accent, but I think I can do it well enough for the audition. #
  • On a side note, I did get my wordpress blog to act like the rest of my website. Javascript conflict between two libraries. #
  • Did not hear back from my audition on Sunday for The 5th Great Ape at Emory. It did sound like they had everybody they needed already. #
  • I believe I have 2 stage shows (June and August performances) and the audition tonight and on May 16th both fit perfectly between those two. #
  • Rehearsals for Once in a Lifetime (June performance) starts this Saturday. And I am 90% sure I have a role in the play for August. #
  • Streaming radio Yorkshire UK. It’s after 10PM and it’s all music I have heard before, but feels very different because of is source location #
  • In case you were wondering, Leeds United Reserve Team won their championship game today. #
  • I have a call back for the role of Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap. #
  • Of three people up for Major Metcalf – Bob Smith, George Crolius and myself, I am, in my mind, the least likely looking British Army Retiree #
  • @TJSanson Welcome to Twitter! #
  • Off to what may be my last Advanced Scene Study class until August. #
  • This should be interesting: #ToplessTwitterDay this Friday! You don’t wanna see me topless. #
  • RT @t_b_j: Offering a #toplesstwitterday pact with @Swayward to skip the event. <– DONE! #
  • RT @atlartevents: So long folks. This account will be closed due to downsizing. <– D’OH!! #
  • RT @BartenderOne: looking at the coolest portable bar ever… http://www.evolverbar.com <– very nice. #
  • RT @Foodimentary: Did you know that raisins, grapes, and avocados are poisonous to cats? http://tiny.cc/9Rqjn #
  • @wcdarling I hope it recovered. in reply to wcdarling #
  • Well I am off to callbacks for The Mousetrap at Red Clay Theater. #
  • I screwed up on my second reading at the callbacks. I was doing well until then. FUDGE!! #
  • At least I think I was doing well until then. #
  • They asked if I would be willing to shave my head again. Been asked that a lot. Maybe I should go back to that look. I miss being bald. #
  • @Kerriana This Saturday gig. What are the times? I HAVE to be at the Alliance by 6:30PM. What are they looking for looks wise. #
  • RT @crazeegeekchick: Internet Running out of Space? (no way jose) http://tinyurl.com/cfz56f <– the bit that broke the internet’s backbone #
  • @amberlrhea I do hope all is OK. Just remember that today is May Day and No Pants Day. http://www.nopantsday.com/wp/ #
  • RT @Ihnatko: Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day! http://bit.ly/3KYLYL <– I miss my comics. I need to find some money to renew this hobby. #
  • RT @Foodimentary: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”~Ernest Hemingway #TGIF #
  • That is if I can remember what I said I would do drunk. #
  • @TJSanson Saw some of your photos in the lobby at Red Clay Theater. Very nice. #

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