Saturday, July 12, 2008

Oklahoma Shakes Day Forty

Long day, final dress for G&D, set change-over to Henry, evening performance of Henry, production photo call for Henry, then change-over back to G&D. Today, I'm supposed to be in combat workshop for at least four hours.... I'm not sure I'm going to make it to the skills test. The schedule is prohibitive, not well-thought out (this is the first year OSF has tried to off a stage combat workshop. I don't think they realized what it would mean for actors scheduled in two or three shows.) The change-overs of set are harsh. The work isn't difficult. There are so many actors standing around that, well, there's a lot of standing around, but getting enough sleep and down time becomes difficult.

Henry played to an audience of about thirty last night. Riley and Paul have been calling around to other regional theaters, and they're hearing that audiences are down all over, an evident sign that the economy has tanked. I'm proud of the Henry cast for giving fully-energized performances to such small houses, though (the auditorium seats 600.) The house for tonight's opening of G&D should be much better. I've come to enjoy doing G&D, so tonight will be fun.

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