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Spent most of yesterday in Winnipeg meeting with folks. By the time I drove home, I was tired, but feeling very accomplished!
First met with Tim Webster to arrange some fight choreography.
I owe Tim a lot. He and his wife have been super supportive of me as a children's edu-tainer. He's also hooked me up with other acting jobs in a variety of venues. It's so encouraging to know you've got someone who believes in you and wants to help you in practical ways. :D
Being a short-ish kinda actor, I was really hoping to snag him for the role of Curley, but September is going to be too crazy for his work sphere. That ruled him out of being involved on-stage, but I immediately snapped him up to help with the fight scene and making sure Curley is convincing in his portrayal of going into shock afterwards.
The fight choreo went real smooth. We laid out the basics of the scene and what the fight is about. Then we worked out the initial blocking, then tweaked it and added some details. Then we walked it out with a camera rolling so I can lead my actors through it in June. (I would post the video here, but Tim made me swear I wouldn't. ;)
After that was a meeting with David Brown. He's the only guy in the province trained in using guns on stage. I told him about the production and what we would need. We spit balled some ideas, then got into the details.
I am so excited. This gun affect isn't coming cheap, but it's going to be worth it. Talk about ending the show with a... bang.
(I didn't just do that, did I?)
He mentioned that Manitoba Opera is also going to be using him in their production of oMaM next spring. Since I was already in the area of their offices, I stopped by, introduced myself, and expressed my excitement and interest in their show.
And then 5 awkward minutes later I left. (The interest was not mutual.)
So far, May has been an excellent month for prepping details. And auditions haven't even begun yet!
I'm not a natural "salesman". If I want something, then I'll know it and I'll go out and get it. I don't like people coming up to me and suggesting things that I unknowingly may want/need. As such, the idea of going out and hawking wares is... out of my comfort zone.
But in this biz, ya gotta do it!
Reminds me of Fringe a few years back. I was at PTE leaving a show when a clown handed me a handbill for their show "Of Mice and Morrow and Jasp". I had noticed the title of the show earlier, but didn't get it. This clown explained that it was a 2-clown presentation of "Of Mice and Men" which caught my attention right away. I went to see it. Loved it. Went to see it again. Still loved it.
And all because someone handbilled me. Handbilling can be a good thing. It can get you your biggest fan!
The past couple weeks have been about getting people to audition. I made my posters, then started driving around the greater Steinbach area putting them up wherever posters are put. I don't know how effective they are in getting folks interested, but I know that I need to raise awareness of the show. They at least accomplish that.
I've also been plastering Facebook with the notice. I started off with my own page, then the "go-to theatre" friends. Then the "theatre acquaintances" friends. And then, "Oh, what about that one guy who once did that thing" friends. Followed up by a week of "Oh, that one person, I wonder how I can get a hold of them" friends. Go go go. Push push push. Sell sell sell. I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Halfway through the process someone called me out on using the word "Negro" to describe Crooks. Honestly, I hadn't thought twice about it until then. I was in "old timey" thinking mode, and it seemed perfectly fine. Out of date, but not offensive. Coming back to the 21st century and seeing it anew, I saw what they were seeing it. I wasn't about to re-poster all the work I had done, but I at least changed the digital file so all new postings would be up to date with the "ethnic minority" description (because I don't think I even want someone black for the role.)
Was at Golden West Radio today. Got 3 interviews recorded for the 3 different stations. They were all pretty much the same:
1. Talk about Anne of Green Gables. (Make Bob Villa reference. Radio host smiles and laughs, but they probably don't get it. Shoot. Why do you do that?)
2. Talk about oMaM. (Stayed up late, rehearsing the passionate things I wanted to eloquently express on the radio today. As a result, was too tired to be as eloquent or passionate as I wanted.)
3. Talk about auditions. (Try hard not to mix up dates that involve the number 3. It's difficult to do. See note above.)
It was fine. The foibles don't matter. They're done. Gotta keep pressing on.
And the interest in auditioning is there. If I had to cast the show today, I'd only be one person shy (not counting the 6 gals auditioning for Curley's Wife). And there's still another week to go, and more people I want to pursue. They just keep coming to mind.
Next week, continue audition prep and make arrangements for fight choreo and gun safety.