When looking back at a show you're part of, it’s hard not to have favorites – rehearsal moments, lines, characters, etc. The actors of The Curious Savage are here to share some of those with you as they prepare to open the show tonight.
Cheryl Crabb and many of the other cast members love the scene where all the sanatorium’s residents spill on stage when a door opens getting caught snooping.
Veronica White likes the gentle tenderness between the characters Jeff and Miss Willie at the end of the show, especially when she kisses him then apologizes for being so tired and forgetting. Veronica says, "that scene is very quiet but very powerful."
Jess Kowach remembers laughing at the ad-libbing during rehearsal when Hannibal throws his cards up in the air and then picks them up one by one, bending over right in front of Lily Belle. Lily Belle said "Do something about this man's ass in my face!" Needless to say, Jess wasn’t the only one cracking up.
And, it’s not just the scenes that make a lasting impression – whether sad, happy, or funny. The actors also have their favorite lines of the show like:
"Please speak some witch talk for us!"
“50 needles and 50 pins and 50 dirty Republicans.”
"Do you light up when you're mating, Lily Belle?" "...you're a perfect witch!"
"She bit me!"
It’s moments and lines like this that motivate actors to give it their all. Join us for these and many other ‘favorite’ scenes. See what part of the show you love the most and let us know!
Yelling, biting, tears, laughter, jealousy, hatred, love and so much more! That’s just a little bit of what happens in R-ACT Theatre Productions’ The Curious Savage showing this weekend only.
The actors have thoroughly embraced their alter egos in this show – most being nothing like their character in real life. Some of the actors have described themselves as a self-absorbed princess, an overbearing stepson, and an overly dramatic girl needing love. Along with the other over-the-top characters, they all get a reality check by a kindly widow just wanting to spread some happiness and do some good.
After spending weeks living with their characters, the actors have had lots of practice ‘getting into character.’ Cheryl Crabb had to practice being less feisty since her character is a meek, motherly figure. She does admit, though, that, like a younger Mrs. Savage, she had a "great seat"!
Eric McAnallen, however, got into his character by “berating the servers at the restaurant where he had dinner, and then he would slap around a box of kittens while lighting a cigar with a $100 bill.” All in his mind of course. Clearly acting takes a lot of work getting into character.
All in all – the actors have had their work cut out for them during this production. Come see if it’s all paid off. They want your love and also hate for these wacky people at the sanatorium. Or, as Mark LaMarche describes it – the madhouse.