Thursday, February 05, 2009

I am agog.

I am officially impressed. Painted Maypole does, like, four times the amount of shows that I do (or more) and yet she still finds time to post regularly. I'm having a hard time fitting it in. I get about an hour break a day (if the kidlets actually decide to nap), and by the time I finish running my lines, I have - at most - twenty minutes left. I usually fall asleep. Oh yes, I could post after the kids are in bed, but on the nights that I'm home, I'm pretty much a zombie by the time the kids are in bed. I veg out in front of the tv. I manage to watch one show before I konk out. It's sad.

Tonight, we're doing an Italian Run, which means we do all the dialogue and blocking, just really fast. (If anyone out there is Italian, please don't email all up in arms - that's what this kind of run is called. I didn't make it up). On Sunday, we finally move into the theatre. Yahoo! The stage won't be ready yet, so we're going to do a line run in the dressing room, and have our headshots done.

That's one thing that really bugs me about local theatres. I spent a whackload of money on professional headshots so that great lighting and a thick layer of makeup would make me look less scary than usual. And yet every show that I do insists that they have someone come in and take ANOTHER headshot, so that all the headshots look alike. Who cares if they look alike?? I just want to look good. I have three zits right now. I will not look good. I will look tired, old and spotted.

Anyways, Maypole wanted me to post more about the rehearsal process. I realized that I promised I would do that over at Playdate. I am Mama Drama after all. I've been sadly lax about that promise. So I posted the good stuff this week. All the gossip and the drama. Go have a read. I didn't work on my lines that day, so I could share the dirt.

8 comments:

painted maypole said...

my child is in school for 7 hours a day. that's how I have time to post. ;) oh, and I don't sleep much. but thanks for the shout out (and I SO get you on the "taking our own picture" thing)

(by the way, if you swing by my place you can see a video of me in action)

Mad said...

Guess what? I can't come to Ontario to see you act but MadDad may be able to. Grrrr. There's a production of Travesties at Soul Pepper that he claims he needs to see, all of which means he may be flying in for a weekend when your show is on. If he does make the trip and can make the show, I will give you a heads up.

Mad said...

Also, now I am wondering about the etymology of the term "Italian run." If I find out anything, I'll let you know.

Mad said...

I just checked all the theatre reference sources that we have in the library and can't find reference to "Italian" anywhere. When I google it, I see it comes up in a few North American places. There's an actor's blog who talks about learning the expression in Canada and who mentions that no one in England would know what it means. Curiouser and curiouser. I had thought that everyone in theatre knew what an Italian Run was. I had thought that it would be easy to find out its origin. Hmmmm.

kgirl said...

Can't wait to see the show! Mad - tell MadDad to come w/ us!

Woman in a Window said...

I just watched Maypole's video. I trust there'll be one here of you soon, right? Right?

kittenpie said...

Looking forward to seeing you!

And yeah, I don't know how you're working in weekly Playdate posts and your own - I'm barely getting in my bi-weekly PoL posts, and my own blog is pretty sparse of late. Gah. I hat never having my hands free unless they are tucked uner my pillow.

painted maypole said...

by the way, i've never heard it called an Italian run. We just call it a speed through. And i LOVE them. I know actors who hate them, but I love, love, love them. intensifies everything, and kicks it up a notch.