Do you guys know how a play gets put together? Well I’m sure some of you do, (other former High School theatre geeks like me.) In case you don’t I’m going to quickly break it down. See I’ve been in Auburn, Maine rehearsing “Around the World in 80 Days” for the last week and I am knee deep in the process. I figured if I lay it out for you guys you may understand what I’m up to a bit better :)
Basically how it works: We begin by staging the show, adding blocking (where each actor has to enter, stand, move, sit etc.) and putting the pieces together. Today we started at the beginning of the show again breaking to down, fine-tuning some important details etc. We have all been asked to memorize our lines by now which can be the hardest part. (Lucky for me I’ve done this play before, and I still remember most of my lines.)
For the next few days we’ll continue to perfect the show by running it over and over and rehearsing every little bit. On Sunday we have “tech” which means adding costumes, lights, sound, set, props etc. This is usually a very long 12 hour day as it takes awhile to add all these components in. (You can bet I’ll be bringing baked goods in for this!)
Finally next Tuesday, we begin performing for an audience and begin our 3 “previews” which are essentially final dress rehearsals. On Friday October 14th- we have Opening Night and begin the run of the show! My parents will be here then followed by Andy (who I miss like crazy.)
Anyway- to tie in all the apples and pumpkins: Yesterday was our day off, and before embarking on 6 long rehearsal days in a row, I knew we had to get out of town a bit. So a few of my fellow cast-mates and I drove to a beautiful farm 15 minutes away and enjoyed a little fall fun. I also ate the MOST delicious apple cider donut I’ve ever had, (pictured above.) That was enough to inspire me to learn to make donuts when I’m back in the city. I came home with a huge bag of hand-picked apples and I’ll be sure to create something delicious with them very soon…Ok- I’m off to rehearsal. I’ll be back with more from Maine (and a new recipe) very soon!