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Monday, February 13, 2006

Citywide Generals

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Just spent the weekend in a dark theatre, watching close to 180 actors perform nearly 360 monologues for the citywide general theatre auditions.

And guess what? There were a lot of great, new people. I’m psyched!

Hardly a one of them came off as nervous. Maybe a couple were a bit green or underprepared, but for the most part, everyone did a fine job. Many even knocked it out of the ballpark.

Here are some of the monologues we saw a lot of this time around (not necessarily a bad thing, but I’d be careful about choosing a popular piece, unless I were pretty sure that no one before or after me could do it better!):

* Henry V (Chorus)
* All’s Well That Ends Well (Helena: “I love your son…”)
* Reindeer Soup (the elephant getting shot by poachers)
* Baby With The Bath Water (Daisy confronting his mom on the fact that he’s a boy)
* Crimes of the Heart (Babe telling how she shot her husband)
* An Ideal Husband (Mabel: “Well, Tommy has proposed to me again….”)
* Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (the “dead in a box” scene)
* The Rivals (Mrs. Malaprop)

A few other plays that popped up rather frequently were:

* As You Like It
* Bright Room Called Day
* Measure for Measure
* Richard III

Overall, I was very pleased with the variety of material and the level of professionalism we saw. Well worth the auditors’ time.

This afternoon, I’m coaching a young girl I know for her audition for “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” I think she’d make a fantastic Puck, although I think she’s going for one of the other roles. Too fun!

More later….

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Business Lunch

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Fly-by alert. I’m on my way to have lunch with a producer from one of the biggest ad agencies around, so mustn’t dally!!

January was a little slow to kick in, but we ended up casting a music video, a sportswear spot, a handful of Lottery commercials, a couple infomercials, a healthcare training video that called for 20+ actors and a few other small projects.

I’ve also been squeezing in some theatre. Saw a production of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” last week. Tonight, I’m seeing a one-man show and something else on Friday. Then auditing the citywide theatre auditions on Saturday and Sunday.

The big news is that we got called about casting a major feature with several name actors already attached. Fingers crossed on that one. Somehow the papers know more about it than I do; they’ve been calling and we haven’t even been awarded the job yet! Sheesh.

Word is that there’s more where that came from, too. Everyone in the know seems to think it’s going to be a big year, so we’re gearing up and increasing capacity accordingly. I just got the keys to our two new offices (an extra office/mini-studio and a recording booth for VO, actually), new staff is being trained and we’re investing in a lot of new equipment.

Let’s hear it for a prosperous 2006 for everyone!

More later….