Archive | September, 2012

How’d that happen?

19 Sep

So I’m sitting in a chair that I never envisioned myself in–the one that says “Director” on the back. Really, I was happy in my light booth, helping out with the set, doing whatever else needed to be done backstage. It was fine.

But things happen and suddenly I’m in a position that I didn’t really expect to be in a month ago. But now that I’m here the prospect of what will happen during the next 12 weeks is very exciting.

The cast members do their first read through.

Parts of it, I’m finding, are horrible. Having to tell a small child he didn’t get a part. And telling an adult the same thing isn’t any fun either. Calling the mother of twins who both tried out and telling her I only had a part for one;  well, I was worried about the family strife I might cause.  All of those who tried out did a great job, I just ran out of roles.

Then there was the upside, calling 6 kids and 5 adults and telling them they did have a part. My favorite was the one who didn’t turn his cell phone off right away and I got to hear some of the ensuing celebration. I felt a bit like Santa.

Ralphie, Schwartz, and Flick

But to sit down with a group of actors to start the read through was even better. No question, the director takes a chance when he casts, especially kids. You know that some will need work but in some cases you have to go with your instincts that they can grow into the part. Even though we are sitting in chairs in a semi-circle on the stage, Schwartz is already poking Flick in the arm before he has to deliver “that’s my sore arm.” Scut scared the pants off of everybody with his first lines. Helen, Ralphie, and Esther Jane carried a cool confidence about themselves while Randy melted everyone’s heart.

And we didn’t even get through the first act. (Sorry, the Director had a lot of introductory remarks.)

Randy, yes Randy.

I’m lucky to have last year’s Director in the cast and help from others involved who have much more experience at this. I will need all the help I can get! But I’m looking forward to the whirlwind that will lead to the November 30th opening night of A Christmas Story. 

Photos by Sharon Cybart

Tuesday Auditions for A Christmas Story

9 Sep

Saturday auditions are over but on Tuesday September 11 from 6 to 9, ECT will be holding another audition for A Christmas Story. The auditions are at the J.C. McKenna Middle School.

All parts, including the adult parts are open. The play calls for a cast of 2 men, 2 women, and 7 children. The roles for children are for 5 boys ages 7 to 15, and 2 girls ages 9 to 12. Anyone new to the stage is encouraged to audition; previous performers are also welcome to audition. Audition pieces are at the Evansville Public Library or will be available at auditions.

Based on the classic movie featuring a Red Ryder bb gun as Ralphie’s coveted Christmas gift, A Christmas Story, adapted for stage by Philip Grecian, is a joyous celebration of childhood in the Midwest in 1938.

Performance Times: November 30, 7 p.m.
December 1, 2 and 7 p.m.

Auditions for A Christmas Story this Saturday

5 Sep

A Major Award!

It’s official, Evansville Community Theatre will be presenting A Christmas Story again this year. But the problem with plays that have kids is the kids grow up and we need new ones to replace them. So this Saturday, September 8 from 9 to 1 and Tuesday September 11 from 6 to 8, ECT will be holding auditions. The auditions will be at the J.C. McKenna Middle School.

All parts, including the adult parts are open. The play calls for a cast of 2 men, 2 women, and 7 children. The roles for children are for 5 boys ages 7 to 15, and 2 girls ages 9 to 12. Anyone new to the stage is encouraged to audition; previous performers are also welcome to audition. Audition pieces are at the Evansville Public Library or will be available at auditions.

Based on the classic movie featuring a Red Ryder bb gun as Ralphie’s coveted Christmas gift, A Christmas Story, adapted for stage by Philip Grecian, is a joyous celebration of childhood in the Midwest in 1938.

Performance Times: November 30, 7 p.m.
December 1, 2 and 7 p.m.

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