The sporadic ramblings of Emily C. A. Snyder - devoted to God, theatre, writing, and much randominity.

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Artistic Director and Co-Founder of TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS. | Author of "Nachtstürm Castle," "Niamh and the Hermit." | Playwright: "Cupid and Psyche," "Math for Actors." | Classical director and educator.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

O, Happy Day!

(I do say that a lot, don't I?...)

Anywho, absolutely brilliant rehearsal last night - which oughtn't have been, since I prepped for the scenes we were supposed to do and then found out that the key character who was in those scenes I blocked couldn't make rehearsal, so some of it was on-the-spot work - but it was particularly blessed. Thank You, God! Some of the highlights include: character work, blocking from "And now my cousin Hamlet and my son" through to just before "O that this too too sullied flesh", and then doing the Polonius/Hamlet hysterical "mad" scene ("Words, words, words").

Oh, HAPPY day!!! Absolutely reproven to me was that this is 110% His production and not mine. Oh, happy day that my actors are amazing. Oh, happy day that my stage managers are so efficient and willing to block and videotape, oh happy day for impromptu audience - and for a return to fun with the whole affair. See? See! I told you Hamlet wasn't gloomy!

Sooooooooooooooooo looking forward to the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern scenes tonight, can't begin to express it. See, this is why I love theatre. It's life, it's blood, it's the ineffable made incarnate, it's cosmic stakes on the terrestrial plane, it's all, it's everything. And it is very, very good.

In other news, had a good meeting this morning. We're all set from our end anyway for Guys and Dolls in March (I have to laugh that we're at the wonderful point, and have been for some time, of planning out seasons far, far in advance - happy day! *grins maniacally and then Hamlet-like traipses around with a script on her scalp*), and we've decided on a one-act festival for November - which should be a pure profit-maker. Good, good, good. Am planning to do Sure Thing if nothing else. Must look into some other one-acts. This is a Test is always a crowd-pleaser, although I don't know if I want to do it having seen it a few times now. The Actor's Nightmare might be too esoteric for the audience. Of course, I could look up the five-minute Hamlet - that might be amusing. Playing with the idea of jotting down something myself.... And of course we can have little dances or sketches (Monty Python, here we come!) or songs intersperced to make it worth the ticket price. Must needs find a common theme.... Oh, Emily. Honestly. But it'll be fun to do a chamber theatre piece. Ooooh! I forgot! We could do the Macbeth Murder Mystery! Tra la!

A workaholic's job is never done? Huh. That's redundant.

Mood: Spiffy
Music: James Blunt Back to Bedlam as lent by Ryan
Feast Days: Today - St. Thomas More!!!
Tomorrow - The Sacred Heart of Jesus!!!!!
Saturday - The Birth of John the Baptist!!!!!!!
Sunday - O HAPPY DAY!!!!!!!!!

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