AYL: prizes

So, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse likes to do a drawing that lasts the run of a given show. It’s a way of building interest in the show, and a way of raising some funds. But what to do for As You Like It?

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AYL: one week from tonight!

As You Like It opens one week from tonight at the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse… come enjoy the fights and reunions, songs and dances, laughs and tears, and LOVE of Shakespeare’s classic pastoral comedy, all with an 80s vibe… I am tremendously proud of what this cast and crew have created and cannot wait to have you all see it!

Tickets on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets!

AYL: and that is how it’s done

Remember yesterday when I recounted Monday’s horrible As You Like It rehearsal?

Remember how I said that actually bodes well?

Well…

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AYL: well, thank goodness, that’s out of the way

I have this theory: if you don’t have at least one horrible, stinky, so disastrous that it borders on apocalyptic, rehearsal, then you are in real danger of having a horrible opening night or–heavens forbid–entire run.

Well, if my theory has any validity, then As You Like It is gonna be A-OK…

I say this because Monday’s night rehearsal was bad. I mean really bad.

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AYL: the first full run-through

Saturday was our first full run-through of As You Like It. We had done scenes before. We had done acts before, but before Saturday we had never done the show start-to-finish and uninterrupted (producer Laura sat next to me to make sure I kept my nose out of the actors’ business).

And the verdict?

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AYL: something a little different.

So we’re heading into the home stretch of As You Like It rehearsals. It’s an interesting time. Off-book. Until tonight, however, they could still call for “LINE!” Performances begin to settle into a groove.

Settle. Not a good verb in my opinion.

A groove? Could easily turn into a rut…

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AYL: off-book

We are now in the “off-book” section of the rehearsal process for As You Like It. No more scripts in hand; lines are supposed to be memorized.

Supposed to be…

At this point in the process, if an actor blanks on the line, they can still call out “LINE!” and they will be fed the line. And I’m good with it as long as they stay in character and emotion when the call for it (none of this, “oh, sh!t…I knew this… god, what was it? oh, line!”).

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