Waiting for the Ink to Dry

A series of journals describing the day in the life of Kelley Bright, an aspiring actress, director, writer and all around artist. Hiding and, more often, displaying unbecoming emotions at the most poignant times is my specialty. This should be interesting...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Oh, the disfunction...

Like the random picture? That's me in the French international airport.
I have just finished one of the most productive and unproductive day of my high school thespian life ever. For the last two days, the five one act directors have been holding open auditions for the shows. I have come to the realization that having auditions for five different shows by five different directors is a total collaborative effort. Nick Jackson and I have read through each other's scripts multiple times, and during auditions we have been giving advice or suggestions or just plain comments. It has been really cool because he respects my artist vision, and I his. And most importantly, he understands it. It's been cool working with him. But, the other directors have either just picked their shows, haven't finished writing it, or don't want to share the insight. It is difficult, because when we cast I want to be able to give up actors, or take actors based on their ability in all the shows. If one girl is mediocre in mine, but fits perfectly in Allen's, I want to say, "Here, this is great for you." And vice versa. That isn't happening, with the exception of Nick and I. I think to solve this problem in the future, it should part of the "assignment" to pick your one act three weeks before auditions, AND photocopy it so all the directors can read it.
On a lighter note, the casting has never been easier for me. My female lead was so obvious that it was disgusting. She did a stand-out job, made my job easy. The men were a bit more of a challenge, but I have narrowed it down to three, really two. I just want to see how the chemistry is with my leading lady. I have a feeling who it is going to be, but I am trying to be open minded. Now that I have found the people who I am going to be working with, I am so excited to begin rehearsing. It is going to be great. There is so much more to say, but blogging isn't exactly the most private, or even best, form of communication.
As for Philly Story, let's just say that now I am worried. Bad. We set off the alarm today, so we practiced outside. We didn't block and single thing. She just threw us up there,or over there, and told us to go while she took notes. She said it was a mess, (wonder why?), but that we were going to block it for real Thursday. Someone (Sean) should counsel her in the art of blocking a scene. She just needs help; it isn't her fault. But, you didn't hear that from me. I really don't have a problem with anything going on; I'm not mad or upset. I just KNOW that there is a better way out there, and maybe she needs help discovering it.
I need a break...



Blogger Seanjay said...

But if I had assigned the readings of other's scripts, then you wouldn't have had the great discovery that you did.

Funny how things work out.

Wait until 3 other directors want your leading lady....

8:28 PM  

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