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Getting out there

I know it's really too soon to have heard anything from Saturday's audition, but I am nonetheless antsy. The project is still living in the "Coolest Thing I've Seen In Ages" space in my brain, and the schlep up to Milwaukee is seeming like a pretty minor inconvenience. No idea whether I'll get a "yea or nay" from them, so the suspense and obligatory niggling suspicion that they actually thought I sucked will probably continue for a bit before I say "Okay, ain't happening."

In the interim, I did get hold of the guys with the very conveniently local horror project, but their casting guy couldn't make it Sunday, so it's rescheduled for March 2. They sent me the script, and it looks like fun, if not the Mostest Brilliantest Thing Ever. Plus, one of the characters they're looking at me for would give me firearms handling footage for the ol' reel. I'm no expert by any means, but I have enough experience to not look like I expect the gun to bite me, and have internalized the various safety procedures well enough that I don't have to use all my active brainspace for them anymore.

Tonight, it's into the city for another student film. The role they're looking at me for in this one is a dominatrix. Yes, I'm amused too. Although those of you who saw my Rosencrantz and/or Goneril won't think it's particularly farfetched. ;-> If it weren't FIVE FRELLING DEGREES outside today, I'd probably be wearing the outfit that prompted the visiting wife of a collector to ask who the goth chick was, but no way in hell was there going to be a skirt today. Everything else is the same, though, although for some strange reason I decided it would probably be wiser to wear the hiking boots outside and change into the four-inch heels when I get there. Call me crazy. (Seriously, I do NOT understand the women I see still running around in stilettos lately. I'd say they need their heads examined, but that's going to happen anyway when they fall and crack them open!) Plus I turned back to the redhead side of the Force in November and have decided to stay there for a while, and currently have the Bettie Page bangs thing going on. So I should be set there.

On the other side of the resume, I'm now officially designing costumes for The Taming of the Shrew at Theatre-Hikes. Primary challenge will be realizing the director's commedia dell'arte concept without killing the actors, who will be hiking a total of two miles between scenes in August. Fortunately, she's experienced with them and well aware of that challenge and of the inevitable necessity of compromise. So that'll be fun. They actually asked me if I was interested in doing Dracula too, but I'm not keen on committing to designing two shows in a row when I have no idea what's going on with me performingwise. Plus, it's the John Balderston/Hamilton Deane adaptation, which I dislike quite a lot even though it's the basis for most of what people know (i.e. both the Lugosi and the Langella movies).


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Feb. 20th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Taming of the Shrew sounds like a cool show; the best Hamlet I ever saw involved following the actors from place to place on campus. It can be really effective, but good luck with those costumes in august, ouch! :)

Actually, good luck and breaking of legs for everything -- sounds like a lot of fun prospects!

Have the headshots come in yet for the web site?
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Nope. I hesitate to bug her about them 'cause, y'know, free. You'll know as soon as I have 'em, promise!
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
No worries! :) Just wanted to check in.
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Appreciated. I'm getting a little impatient, which is unfair. :-}
Feb. 21st, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Who'd you go to?
Feb. 21st, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Beth did a handful of people to kickstart her portfolio. I think she actually may have gotten more takers than she expected. :-}

I don't know what she's planning to charge, but just from what I saw on the computer that night, I'd totally recommend her. Mine are decent, which is the best I ever get. Brenda's are GORGEOUS.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
I'm gratified to hear that. I bought a sitting at the latest Babes fundraiser silent auction. :-)
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
*crosses fingers/covers thumbs* Break a leg, and congrats on the costuming gig! ::hugs::
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Commedia dell'arte Taming of the Shrew. That sounds wonderful. Especially with you making the costumes.
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited about it -- I had been on the phone with the director for about thirty seconds before we clicked. Like, audibly. brainiacfive came in and thought I was talking to amilyn, whom I've known for fifteen years and with whom I've hashed over everything Shakespeare under the sun a zillion times in that time without ever getting tired of it. The director said something about it being different from most Shakespeare, and I said "Yeah, it's about half a step from commedia," and she said "Yes! That's exactly how we're doing it!" Which of course only makes sense in an outdoor venue, but still. :-) Gonna be a FUN process.
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Who's directing this? I've been wanting to get to one of the TheatreHikes.
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Linda LeVeque. Sounds like she's done quite a bit of directing for them. And is a Rennie and SCAdian too. :-)
Feb. 20th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Aw, congratulations on the costuming gig! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you on "The Coolest Thing I've Seen in Ages" project. :)
Feb. 20th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon!
Feb. 21st, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
I will be able to recognize you at DenCon if you still have the same hair there! hee.

And this all sounds cool. *Crosses fingers for auditions*

*makes faces and gestures at Dracula*

And I am hopefully going to be signing up to be on the tech crew of our local theatre soon. May have stories to share, yay!
Feb. 21st, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know for sure yet if I'm going, but I will probably still have the same hair if I do. :-)

And cool! I look forward to the stories!
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
>"I'd say they need their heads examined, but that's going to happen anyway when they fall and crack them open!"

This is the funniest thing I've read in weeks that was not written by P.G. Wodehouse. :-)

>"who will be hiking a total of two miles between scenes in August"

"Between scenes"? How does this work? Finish a scene, walk a quarter mile, perform another scene? Does the audience follow?
Feb. 21st, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
This is the funniest thing I've read in weeks that was not written by P.G. Wodehouse. :-)

Hee! Thank you!

Finish a scene, walk a quarter mile, perform another scene? Does the audience follow?

Exactly, as I understand it. And yes, the audience hikes too. I've been meaning to go to one for ages, and in fact to go to the Morton Arboretum at all -- it's supposed to be just amazing. So a bonus to working on this show is that it will get me to finally do both.
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