Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day rehearsal at DU

The one thing I can tell you about rehearsing on Memorial Day near DU is that, you can... actually get a parking space! The music facility was a ghost town, but that's okay, it just allowed us to work through the scenes with no distractions. Afterwards, we went to The Pioneer for lunch and a few beers, it was fun.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Press release for upcoming weekend run at Crossroads

Here's a link to our Official Press Release for the upcoming weekend run at the Crossroads Theater (2590 Washington Street) in the heart of the downtown Renaissance district of Five Points. Hope you can make it!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dance rehearsal and choreography

Watching choreography today reminded me of the design term CRAP. Now you think I'm full of it don't you? Graphic designers sometimes use the term to evaluate their designs and it seems like it could be applied to dance as well, since every dance sequence has some amount of Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity or CRAP. I think Ammon had a good balance of each. A bit aggressive for everyone to learn perhaps, but entertaining nonetheless.

It was fun to see him work with the cast, but it seemed like maybe I should have joined in since I'm the one that probably needs to shed some extra pounds!

Instead, I bellied up to the piano and ate the blueberry pound cake I picked up from King Soopers early in the morning. Afterwards, everyone unwound and talked about the dance numbers.

Friday, May 16, 2014

OMG, Three weeks to go!

Here are some pictures from our latest rehearsal at FBC:

"There is a kind of classlessness in the theater. The rehearsal pianist, the head carpenter, the stage manager, the star of the show--all are family." --John Kander

"Rehearsing is thinking aloud with others...nothing in a theatre performance is more important than the people of whom it is composed." --Peter Brook

"For me, acting is not about showing my presence or displaying my technique. Rather it is about revealing, through acting, 'something else,' something that the audience doesn't encounter in daily life." --Yoshi Oida

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blocking rehearsal at DU

Despite the potent Colorado snow storm yesterday, we were all over at DU for some blocking. You can tell Evan has been working on this and was excited to see it come together with all the characters.

We were able to snare a large choir rehearsal room. It was perfect, Tony had no problem taming the 9' Steinway in the room. It's really rewarding to see the work make it off paper and come alive.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nick Trotter joins the cast for Crossroads Theatre performance

Nick Trotter has joined the cast for the upcoming performance of WYSIWYG at the Crossroads Theatre. He will be playing Mark, the holistic therapist who runs a transgendered support group. He has an MFA from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He specializes in Clown, Bouffon, Commedia, and puppetry and is a noted mask and prosthetic designer. 

His multidisciplinary project Circo de Nada fuses improv theatre, mask, music and puppetry, and he performs locally and internationally as the clown Ferdinand the MagnificentCirco's original production of Three Bottles of Wine, a classic Commedia piece, is debuting in the Denver area in 2014. He is a member of the comedy duo Third Base! with Jerry Lee Wallace, and their production Myths of the Plastic Age has been entertaining audiences in northern California since 2009.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hot off the press: WYSIWYG performance poster!

Here's the official WYSIWYG poster for our upcoming performances at the Crossroads Theatre in Denver, June 6, 7 and 8. We can change the background color to just about anything, so we'll probably reuse this concept for later performances and change the color based on the venue.

You might have noticed that we have support from some area companies for the endeavor too. Thanks go to Mary at Performing Arts Project. Patrice at Crossroads, Brian, Eric and Jessica at FBC, as well as Tony, Mark and Erik at two of our favorite watering holes and everyone else who helped us make this happen.