Rehearsing Original – week 3

Hello Internet, today is Sunday, November 25th (how did that even happen?), otherwise known as the day that Original loads into the theatre!

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Look, Mom, I’m on the wall!

For various scheduling reasons, I have a luxurious 2.5 days off while the production community loads in and does some programming. So, as I sit here on my couch drinking tea and typing, some incredible people are building a friggin beach on the stage at the LSPU Hall. They are great.

This week in rehearsal, we did lots of tidying up. This is a rather incredible situation to be in – to be able to spend the last 6 rehearsal days, not making new decisions, but just taking the time to work through the nitty-gritty ins and outs of how to move around the stage. In one scene, for instance, I make tea. So, figuring out when and how to get the pan out, pour water into it, fetch a tea bag, pour the now-hot water into a cup. Oodles of time to figure all that out. Incredible!

Also this week: there is a tiny bit of dance in the show and my incredible friend and colleague Corie came in to help me work it out/teach me how to sail turn. So, if you come to the show (which you should) and you think I look like I know what I’m doing for the about 12 seconds that I’m dancing, that is Corie’s doing and she deserves all credit. And, as a bonus, I got to spend an hour working in the Arts & Culture Centre’s Dance Space.

I think we, as a theatre community, might undersell how extraordinary and vital it is to have access to the Arts & Culture Centre. Donated rehearsal space has real financial value to a production like this one, and to be able to just walk upstairs and use a room with a sprung floor, a barre, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and an in-house sound system is an incredible asset. Producing theatre in Newfoundland & Labrador has its obstacles, but the Arts & Culture Centres make it far more possible for many small companies and projects to get off the ground.

This week I also started to work in my costume, and we did a makeup test on Friday that has me properly excited about the look of the show. Every element in this show is so well-thought out and the designers are all so excellent that whenever I am feeling like nothing is under control, all I have to do is remind myself of how great it’s all going to look and that really, everything is under control and all I have to do just right now is make sure I know all 5 verses of this song I’ve decided to sing in old Norse.

Ek fekk sofa lika vel, ek truða þat væri best — at hvila mik á goðu þel´ok gløyma svá folki flest´…

Original plays at the LSPU Hall THIS WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, November 28th to December 2nd. Tickets are available here.