Wednesday, October 12, 2005

More Theater Stuff

Soo. . .

On Golden Pond is now at t-minus two days and counting. And just when you think nothing else could go wrong . . . last night, a cast member dropped out in one of the most inappropriate, unprofessional displays I've ever seen in my life.

So, director Jason Hedden is now a very welcome addition to our cast. I showed up at rehearsal armed with a bottle of the best alcoholic beverage I could find at the gas station where I filled up my car (running too late to stop at the liquor store), and pulled our director out back. He looked a little subdued - apparently he thought I was going to quit, too. C'mon, baby, you know me better than that. (And I know there's no way in h*ll Mo would ever agree to be Chelsea.) I gave him his bottle and a hug, and the night began.

You'd think this was a crisis. You'd think this would just be the last straw.

Not so much.

Last night, for the very first time, we had a show. A good show.

There are still a couple of rough patches, but nothing unfixable. The cast didn't drop their lines, and if they did, they covered. They listened to what was being said to them, rather than tuning out the conversation while they searched their brain for the next line. There was a spark. As Jason says, "it popped."

During intermission, I went out back and did the happy dance.


On Golden Pond

By Ernest Thompson

Directed By Jason Hedden

The heartwarming and hilarious celebration of everyday struggles and ultimate triumphs of life, love, and family as 3 generations try to bridge the gaps.

Performed at the Exhibit Hall on the Johnson County 4H Fairgrounds

October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

For tickets, contact the ICCT box office at (319) 338-0443.



Also going up this weekend: Dreamwell's Eve-Olution:

by Hilary Illick and Jennifer Krier

directed by Matthew Falduto and Brian Tanner

October 14 8:00 pm, 15 5:00 and 8:00 pm 2005

The play chronicles the lives of Alison and Liza as they navigate the channels of motherhood while holding on to their careers. Through monologues, they take a revealing and comedic look at the balancing act of promise and compromise. Both women explore the idea of who they think they are, who they want to be, and ultimately, who they become as individuals, as mothers, and as professionals. They learn that sometimes we become people we never intended to be, but in the end that is better than we ever could have predicted.


Alison - Annette Rohlk
Liza - Madonna Smith

Both Madonna and Annette are awesome actresses, so I plan on trying to catch this if possible (I'd have to get dispensation from Jason to show up at 7:00 on Saturday, and hit the 5:00 show.) Thanks, Matt, for the reminder. He's got comments up on his blog.

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