Everybody has favorites – foods, books…people. Actors have favorites with their shows too. Sometimes the favorite is their own part, line, or scene while other times, fellow characters steal the show for everyone. Let’s find out some favorite things the ‘Do Not Disturb’ actors have before opening night.
The wigs of the show are rated at the top of this show’s list. Seeing everyone transform from one character to another was amazing and hilarious. The costume room is packed with all the changes.
Co-Director, Debbie Bowser, says she enjoyed watching everyone transform from one person to another since there are 8 actors for 22 parts. The laughter never stopped during rehearsal with the switches.
Conrad Bianco remembers the hilarity of performing the rendezvous scene the first time. No details provided so you’ll have to watch to see why.
The character that left the biggest impression on Mark LaMarche was ‘Melissa’ because of how limber she was.
Eric Armstrong remembers many fond memories of rehearsals, but his funniest experience was the considerable number of rehearsals the cast went through to try to get his character’s pants to come off quickly. He shared that he ‘was feeling the breeze.’
More favorite parts are the lines of the show. Here are some of the funniest (at least for the cast). You’ll just have to see the show to figure out what they mean…and if they really are funny.
“What’s the matter with him?”
“Now, I’d love to stay here and do unnatural things with mules on film for you, but…I’ve got a job!”
"You wanna kiss Carl?"
“Do you want to go bowling?”
And, let’s just say…that’s only the beginning. Don’t miss the hilarious comedy showing this weekend at The Avenue Theater.
Character analysis – Who are you? What are you? Where are you…from? Well, the cast had these and many more things to think about while developing their characters. Now they’re sharing their ‘research’ with you by comparing themselves to their show personalities.
Conrad Bianco says his character Craig “is portrayed as a high stacks tycoon who would cheat and lie just to make an extra buck. Me, I'm happy being true to myself and good to others.”
Amy Ellefson feels she’s like some similar in attitude to some of her characters as all their personalities are light-hearted, fun and adventurous. You’ll just have to see the other personalities (I mean characters) come out during the show.
Devious is how Vicki Mann describes her character while she herself is not. She does enjoy ‘hamming it up’ on stage, though, and pushing herself out of her natural tendencies.
Do you think it would be easier to ‘play’ a similar or different personality? How about multiple personalities in a matter of two hours? As I was writing this blog it became difficult keeping all the actors and characters straight, and I was only writing about them. Come let us amaze you with these crazy characters this weekend, and we’ll see if you can keep them all straight.
What do you get when you have a one-room set for 6 shows with 2 directors, 8 actors, 22 characters, numerous wigs, countless costumes, and a full group of amazing backstage crew? Of course, it’s one uproariously funny and entertaining production by the talented R-ACT members, which is just in time for Valentine’s weekend.
Directors, Debbie Bowser and Larry Spinnenweber, have been having a wonderful time during rehearsals, laughing at and with the cast and crew. Many of which are new or newer to acting and production work. That’s one of the best parts of the R-ACT organization in my opinion-no experience necessary to participate. Enjoy theater? Ever wondered if you can be part of show business? You CAN.
But back to this show…since the cast plays multiple roles, the challenge for this production was creating unique character personalities and appearances. To do this, Debbie had the actors analyze their characters, creating a ‘life’ for each one. She describes the actors/characters as a riot, delightful, amazing, and…flexible (literally).
This cast was game for anything and takes these risqué one acts to the edge all while creating a crazy and funny experience. Debbie says, “If you have as much fun as we did making this show, you’re in for a treat.” So come join us and enjoy.
The R-ACT family has already been busy at work for 2015 on our first production of the year, “Do Not Disturb,” by Van Zandt and Milmore. This show is a set of six one-act plays set in a large city hotel room and so a slight departure from our usual productions. Don’t worry though-you’ll get your usual fair share of laughs, just spread out over a few more characters.
The two (yep-two) directors had their usual difficulty in choosing from the talented folks who came to offer their services. But choices were made and the rehearsals are almost behind us with opening night in a matter of weeks. So far, there have been many laughs from the cast as you can see from our backstage picture, and the set is almost ready to go after some great work from our design and construction volunteers.
Along with some great shows this year, R-ACT members are planning some great new programming for the community to enjoy. We’re hosting a paddle-party fundraiser in March, a red-eye bus trip to NYC in April, a new kids theater camp in July, and a new type of show featuring classic TV sitcoms to round out the summer as well.
As you can see, this year’s going to be fun-filled and jam-packed with opportunities to join R-ACT in some great shows and events. Remember that we welcome new talent on stage as well as behind the scenes. We always need volunteers for tasks big and small so join us at our next monthly meeting on February 5th at 7pm at the Avenue Theater, and see how you can get in on the action.
Remember to mark your calendar for our first show of the season on February 13th-15th, and plan on coming out to enjoy “Do Not Disturb.”