5-7 Optional Rehearsal
5-6 Dead Gaffer Special
5-? Lines Running
9-12 Stage Changes(EVERYONE COME!!!)
12-1 Potluck Brunch
1-4 Act 1 Runthrough Cast X
11-4 Act 1 Runthrough Cast Y(and a readthrough of most of Act 3!!!)
Note: On Sunday there will be no lunchbreak. We will be eating while reading through act 3 meaning there will be NO TIME to go get food. Please make sure to bring a lunch with you.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Posted by IzzieBella W. H. at 2:03 PM
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I don't know if you've noticed, but there are a lot of pictures of OMF characters at YSP right now. They're in your script (Act 1, scene 1, for instance). They're sitting on the ground, blown up to large sizes and framed. And Imany of them will be gracing our program at performance time.
If you're like me (which I'm sure none of you are--I'm a total geek) you probably looked at these illustrations and said, "Who made these? How were they made? Did Dickens commission them?" So, being a total geek, I went and researched some answers.
These drawings were made by a man named Marcus Stone. Marcus Stone was an engraver: he carved sketches onto wood blocks, which would then be transferred to copper plates, and finally printed in the newspapers that Dickens' novels first appeared in. Stone was a long-time friend of Dickens and his illustrator for almost a decade. (They were friends from Stone's childhood: when the artist was 12 years old, Dickens saw a sketch that Stone had done of Jo from Bleak House, and liked it so much that the novelist showed it to his publisher).
Most people from Dickens' time did not like Stone's illustrations. They preferred the silly, cartoonish style of Dickens' first illustrator, Phiz, to Stone's darker, more realistic style. However, Dickens himself preferred Stone's illustrations to Phiz's. This might be because Dickens' literary style was becoming more darker and more serious--and more like Stone's drawing style.
Personally, I like Stone's illustrations, and the darker and weirder the scene, the better. This one of Johnny's death is one of my favorites:Don't you feel like that fireplace is about to swallow Betty Higden up?
(You can see the complete set of Stone's OMF illustrations here).
One of the coolest things about Stone's illustrations is that Dickens himself helped with them. He gave Stone notes about character, clothing, and facial expression. So Stone's pictures are what DICKENS HIMSELF thought your character looked like.
Below is Stone's picture of Bradley Headstone. If I start writhing on the ground like a maniac during rehearsal, you'll know why.
Posted by Gradley Headstone at 5:43 PM
Friday, January 28, 2011
-A Super Awesome Questionnaire
-Pajama Day on Sunday!
-Warm-ups by Melissa
-New and Exciting Scenes
Posted by Rebecca Young at 5:24 PM
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The first of many weekly games related to Our Mutual Friend!
Crossword Puzzle of Act 1 Characters!
P.S. for anyone in or related to Idle Conversation my mother just got me a novel written by a Shakespearean actress , director and founder of the Pasadena Shakespeare Company, Gillian Bagwell. It is 'The Darling Strumpet' and it is the story of Nell Gwynns life through poverty, prostitution, acting, and of course Charles.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Posted by Gabby at 9:17 PM
...then Lizzie Hexam gets to be a comic book character.
It turns out that if a director, sitting at a computer at night, types her character's name into Google, only the first result of the search actually manages to be about the Dickens character. Results two and three reference a character by the name of Lizzie Hexam who exists as part of a comic book series known as The Unwritten. There's even an issue with the title The Many Lives of Lizzie Hexam. So it seems she was at least reasonably important to the story in the comic books.
Of course, I haven't been able to find out if there is any connection between the Lizzie Hexam of Dickens and the Lizzie Hexam of comic books. But I doubt that the shared name is a complete coincidence. And, to use one of Boots' positive adjectives, it was astounding to discover that even in a world where, perhaps, few people have read Our Mutual Friend, the characters' names keep showing up in unlikely places, unnoticed by most who encounter them.
And I just thought that was interesting and worth sharing.
Posted by Lizzie-Mizzie-Wizzie at 7:20 PM
Monday, January 24, 2011
Posted by Boots at 7:45 PM
Sunday, January 23, 2011
My goodness. Today I, like many of my fellow actors spent from 8am to 4pm at YSP today.
And I didn’t go nearly as crazy as I thought I would! (though I was a little grumpy in the middle, sorry)
-a breakfast meeting with 8 optimistic people, caffeinated beverages and scones
-commenting on several wonderful Shauvians
-an enthusiastic morning warm up enacting modes of transportation: kayak, ice-skate, pogo stick, bumblebee
-watching a very technically intense scene go from total chaos to nearly performance ready in 2 hours
-a person not connected with YSP (until now...) being very generous with his time and energy
-fun vocal exercises: that’s absurd!, sirens loud enough to be heard upstairs, Old McDonald had a farm and on that farm he had a sheep helicopter, zip zap zop (then slow mo!), crash light boom, and for the finale: an orchestra of siren noises
-seeing smiles still present at 4pm
-wonderful people who helped clean up after this long rehearsal! you’re my heroes!
-the privilege of going to sleep now
this was found by our very own Jenny Wren. She knows I love the Beatles..... So she was looking up songs for me. We came across the song "Jenny Wren" by Paul McCartney. We were like WOAH!!!!!! OMFg! Then, we looked up the story behind the song and found out that it is really is about the Jenny Wren from Our Mutual Friend. Here are the lyrics:
Posted by IzzieBella W. H. at 3:00 AM
Saturday, January 22, 2011
...though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, seven directors of dirty and disreputable appearance were sitting at Barriques as a winter evening was closing in.
It was a typical meeting. Rebecca was making a to-do list three pages long. Michael Fleischman was offering to do things. Michael Feakins was being nice. Melissa was being sane. Greer was being obnoxious. Izzie was ingesting a novel's worth of paper. Gabby was having ideas. We were talking about how awesome this production is--how unique it is--and how much we'd like to commemorate it. And then Gabby said--"Why don't we start a blog?" And we all said, why didn't we think of that before!
So we started a blog. An OMF blog.
I can hear your skeptical questions. What will this blog be about? Who's going to write it? Why should I read it? Do you guys really have time for this?
What will this blog be about? Anything and everything that your directors can think of relating to OMF: What we're doing at rehearsal, maps of London, sneak-peak make-up previews, the RSC's Nicholas Nickleby, camels, home-made cross word puzzles, pictures of people at rehearsal, lessons on British accents.
Who's going to write it? Each of your directors will blog one day a week. Rebbecca and I had an epiphany the other day: there are seven directors--and guess how many days in the week there are! A match made in heaven, right? Of course right.
Why should I read it? Because it's going to be awesome. Because your directors are good writers. Because you'll learn something that will make this production better and more fun. Because this production is special and worth extra thought and time. And because, just maybe, Greer will make brownies for those who have read her posts.
Do you guys really have time for this? Well, er, um, technically no. But, come to think of it, nor do we technically have the time to stage a 10-hour original adaptation of a Dickens novel with actors who range from age 8 to age 60.
Enough said. Let the blogging commence.