Monthly Archives: August 2015

Creating New Active Work Space

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped with our ongoing project to turn storage space (estimated to be 50-75% of our current square footage) into active work space for our volunteers and programs.

Scene Sh

Our new shop space will allow storage of tools nearer the stage and easier access to  several power saws, allowing for quicker adjustments to lumber lengths. This was made possible by several recent donations of tools, allowing us to stock two shops.  The basement shop will still remain the focus of set construction when there is another show on stage. But now all of our carpenters will grow fat because they no longer have to run into the basement every time they need to make a cut. The largest new  item is a radial arm saw given by Dave H. Thank you!

Other projects include the ongoing organization and cleaning of the basement by persons unknown.  And a few known (kids from the past several shows) who are taking apart unneeded items to reuse the materials on future sets and free up space for construction and painting.

On the third floor Jacob S. and Corinthia K. with a little help from Amber S. and Paige G. are organizing, cleaning, labeling, mapping and prioritizing props.  Sending numerous items to the basement for disassembly and reuse.

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Bob T. Builder
Technical Director

 

I Got In, But It’s Not the Part I Wanted: Why You Should Embrace the Part You Got

Seussical has been cast, and the calls have been made. If you didn’t get in this time, please take a moment to read my previous blog, and make sure you keep auditioning!!

I'm perfect for the part

As I finished casting Seussical, I found myself reflecting on another topic I have struggled with in the past. What happens when you get into a show, but you don’t get the part you wanted? And more importantly, what are some reasons WHY that happens.

I’ve definitely been there. In high school, I was lucky enough to have our Director choose my favorite show of all time. In that show there was a part that I was DYING to play. It was my dream role. Well, the cast list went up, and I didn’t get that part. Even though I had gotten another role, I was quite upset.  I was crushed. I was in disbelief. I didn’t understand why this had happened when I knew I was so perfect for the role.

I didn't get the part I wanted but my sister did

But now that I am a Director, I know why. And, in fact, there is a very good reason. Casting a show is like fitting together a giant puzzle. All the pieces, with all their different facets, have to line up to make one beautiful work of art which we present to our audiences.

As actors, I think we are often limited by our own perceptions of ourselves. We think we know what roles are right for us, and we get really attached to them. We tend to call these our “dream roles.” And when a show comes around that has that “dream role,” we, of course, audition. We think the director would be crazy not to cast us in that role because we are just so perfect for it. But, when we get ourselves thinking like that, we are limiting ourselves to other possibilities. Maybe this Director thinks that we would be perfect in a different role, based on their vision and their perception of us actors and on their vision and perception of the show as a whole.

I love my part after all

You might argue that they are judging you unfairly, that they are the limited ones. But, I challenge you to think about this differently. What if the Director sees something in you that you don’t? Couldn’t it be fun to see what different people think you are capable of?! Maybe you never thought you could play a love interest, and that’s what they see you as being. And isn’t that fascinating and exciting? Let yourself be stretched in ways you didn’t think of.

But then there are times when the Director thinks you actually would be perfect to play your dream role; however, there may be two other people that can play it equally as well. And, what if those two others would not be as good in a different role as you would. Remember that puzzle metaphor? Sometimes our puzzle piece just doesn’t fit right for our dream roles in this particular puzzle. In another show, it could fit beautifully where you want it, but in this one, maybe it fits better somewhere else.

What a great experience

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “there are no small parts, only small actors.” It really is true. Playwrights don’t write characters into plays or musicals if they don’t need them there to tell their story. Every character is important. Every character works together to tell the story the playwright set out to tell. Where would Dorothy be without the Wizard? A small part, but critical to the entire story!

So instead of being sad or resentful that you didn’t get the role you so badly wanted or thought you would get, embrace the role you did get! Throw yourself into it, have fun, and discover something new about yourself! After all, you get to do a show! You get to help tell a story. You get to perform in live theatre. Without you, the story we tell, or the puzzle the audience sees, just wouldn’t be the same.

Paige Hoke
Guest Director

I Wasn’t Good Enough:The Truth About Why You Didn’t Get the Part

On the eve of SEUSSICAL auditions and what promises to be the biggest talent pool from which I’ve ever chosen, I find myself to be a bit anxious. Being that I have had experiences on both sides of the stage, I understand all too well the feelings an actor has when she isn’t chosen for a part or show she has her heart set on. I think about the feelings that may be hurt or the misconceptions that some actors will leave with. I know some will be thinking, “I wasn’t good enough.” But what I wish they all could know is that’s almost always not the reason they weren’t chosen.

Auditions

As a director, I have a vision for the characters. It’s not so much about the “look” for me. It’s more about my overall vision for the show as a whole, as well as my vision for the individual characters. Lots of people have the talent it takes to be in a show, and lots of actors have a similar level of talent.  It comes down to a person’s look, energy, feel and how one actor plays off another actor. Lead characters often will “pop out” in the way that they fit into my vision. But, the whole ensemble has to gel. You can be the most talented person but if you don’t mesh with the whole show and the director’s vision of the show, then you may not be chosen.

Specific to the double casted shows, actors and their “others” need to be close in size. They often share costumes, props, and of course, are taught the same blocking and need to physically fill similar spaces. Other attributes that factor into casting decisions include schedule conflicts, confidence, stage presence, attitude, enthusiasm, and workability. Are you someone who seems like you could take direction well? Are you open minded and willing to listen to your director or do you seem like you already know all the answers?

I know as well as anyone that it can be hard to accept that you weren’t chosen. It can be frustrating and disappointing. So as you approach your audition for SEUSSICAL or for any show, please remember that if you don’t get the part, it isn’t because you don’t have the talent.  It doesn’t mean you weren’t good. Keep the faith and try again because no two shows are the same, and the same people will not always fit best for every show. Have you heard the saying, “Variety is the spice of life”? It’s true. You just might be the perfect fit at your next audition.

Break a Leg!
Paige Hoke
DreamWrights Guest Director

First Time Director Tips His Hat to his Father in The Mouse that Roared

Kirk Wisler

After nearly twenty years of performing in productions at DreamWrights and elsewhere, Kirk Wisler decided to step into a leadership position, and accepted the guest director role for The Mouse that Roared. Kirk remembers, “Back when I was in the fourth grade, my dad suggested I try out for a production at DreamWrights. I came, tried out, got in and have been doing it ever since.”

Since those early days, Kirk has been hoping to participate in a production with his father. Unfortunately, it never worked out due to too many scheduling conflicts. That was until now. Not only is The Mouse that Roared Kirk’s 30th show and his first time directing, but also it will be the first time he and his father will participate in a show together. Kirk explains, “The production calls for several voice-over parts. I want to pay tribute to several of my role models, including my Dad.”  So, Kirk has asked his father and some other of his role models to provide the voice over talent for the show. “It is my way of thanking them for getting me to this point. I wouldn’t be here without them.”

2015 DreamWrights The Mouse that Roared

Sentimentality, humor, intrigue, action, and romance. Mouse promises to have it all. You won’t want to miss it.

Tickets are available online, via phone, and in person at DreamWrights Box Office.
August 14, 15, 21 & 22 – 6:30 pm
August 15, 16, 22* & 23 – 2:30 pm
*Touch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
(reservations required)
$10 General Admission, $14 Reserved