Welcome to the most interesting of artistic journeys. How will we write, record, and edit a short film? How will Group Interp work following safety mitigations? How much fun will we have?
The answers to these questions can be found in this incredible ensemble we've assembled. We look forward to exploring them with you.
First rehearsal will be Tuesday, January 19th at 3:30 on Zoom. This first week will be entirely remote, and we will aim to begin some in-person rehearsals starting the following week.
We'll read Anya's Ghost at our first rehearsal, but feel free to look at it ahead of time if you like.
We're looking forward to an excited journey with you all!
~Mr. Miller & Jamie
Click here for the Rehearsal Link
Here is all the info you need to know about SF/GI (it feels a bit weird not typing CP/GI...)
What Is It?
These are two state-wide competitions Group Interpretation and a new Short Film. GI is as it sounds, a group taking a work and interpreting it for performance. It is based on previously written material, but can be adapted as need. There is a simple unit set, uniform costumes, no lights, no sounds, no props. The majority of stage focus is towards the audience, and actors typically play multiple roles.
The Short Film is an original script created by the ensemble and recorded, edited and submitted.
Will these be virtual or in-person?
Yes. In short, we will have to be flexible. GI needs to be recorded without editing, but can be done either in-person or via Zoom. A challenge of in-person is we would have to maintain distance with the blocking. With Zoom, we could potentially play with the medium in unique ways. That said, regardless of what we choose, we will ensure safety.
Likewise, with SF, we can edit as much as we need. That gives us greater flexibility to record small groups or scenes and edit them together. We also can build some sets, costumes, etc. as needed. Regardless, we will need to be flexible in our approach as things can change.
How Do I Audition?
Auditions will be held virtually on Thursday, January 14th. The link will be posted on the DC Website. If you have a conflict with that time, reach out to me about submitting a video audition. There is a form to fill out, and you must Register with the school.
What should I audition with?
The options are endless. You can choose a monologue from a play (see our Resources Page for some links). You can write something original (we are needing to craft our own story for the Short Film). What I'm hoping to see are big choices and character work. I don't want to see just you, but the use of your body and voice to create something interesting.
Whatever you choose should be 90 seconds or less.
What if I just want to be on crew... or even Crew Leadership?
That's great. We will need a strong crew, especially for the short film. Fill out this form to apply. There are opportunities to write original music, create original sound effects, costumes, lights, everything's fair game in the Short Film.
What shows are we doing?
Great question! For the Short Film, we get to write our own, so there are options for folks who are strictly writers.
For GI, I'm unsure. I'm reading a bunch of graphic novels right now, because if we end up doing the show via Zoom, we can potentially play with the squares in an interesting way. But I'm open, so if you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.
What will the Competition look like?
I have no idea. The current play is: "for Virtual Asynchronous Contests to be conducted on their scheduled dates: Sectionals: March 19-20, 2021 and State: March 26-27, 2021." As has been said many times in recent months, we'll have to be flexible and adapt.
What if I have other questions?
I'm sure there are questions I've missed. This is a new competition (SF), a new format (GI), during a pandemic. Ask away, and I'll certainly answer as best I can.
I'm looking forward to these unique artistic challenges. I hope you'll join me.
I am so sad we are not able to take these shows to compete. Cancelling is a necessary step, but that doesn't make it any less painful.
You have all worked so hard, poured your souls into these pieces, and you deserve to have see them through to completion and share your art with an audience. To that end, I have spoke with the administration today about potential options for moving forward. Because of the unknown nature of when we will be back in school, we cannot commit to anything now, but know that I will make that happen, one way or another.
As per school directives, we will NOT be meeting on Monday. As of now, all activities are cancelled through March 30. Once we know more, we can figure out the details of our plan. We are not done.
I can only imagine how hard this moment is for you. It's hard for me, but know that you are strong. We are stronger than this moment. The journey is not over, just on pause. We will continue to make art, and we will share it when we're ready.
Love to you all. Stay healthy and memorize your lines!
It is with great sadness I share that IHSA has cancelled all Winter State Tournaments which includes CP/GI.
Ms. Doering, Jamie and I have such great respect and love for you and the work you have put into these shows. We will talk with administration tomorrow to begin discussions about how and where we can share these two beautiful pieces as finished products.
For now, we will cancel rehearsal Friday. Let us plan on full cast and crew on Monday to reconnect and hopefully have more information about how we hope to proceed.
With love and admiration,
Monday, March 9 - Rehearsal until 6:30
Tuesday, March 10 - CHANGED - Rehearsal - Cast and Crew until 6:30
Wednesday, March 11 - Rehearsal until 6:30 - Cast and Crew
Thursday, March 12 - Rehearsal until 6:30
Friday, March 13 - Rehearsal until 6:30 - Cast Only
ALL CAST/CREW NEEDED THIS WEEK
Monday, March 16 - Until 7
Tuesday, March 17 - Until 7
Wednesday, March 18 - Until 7
Thursday, March 19 - Show at 4:30 - notes after... plan on ~7pm
Friday, March 20 - Run Through Both Shows - Load Truck - Until Complete
Saturday, March 21 - SECTIONALS - Leave from Almond at 6:00am! Returns in the evening. Bring drinks & snacks.
SPRING BREAK - REHEARSALS TBD IF WE ADVANCE
Monday, March 30 - Old Strike (cancelled)
Tuesday, March 31 - Strike (NEW DATE)
NOTE: Actor's - you should have the ability to pay your fee, so please be sure to do that ASAP
MONSTER: The Life of Mary Shelley
All actors are also a part of the ensemble. Great work, all!
MONSTER: Charlie Plumhoff
HOGG/ LORD BYRON/ FATHER: Jacob Adrian
PERCY: Joey Diamond
FANNY/ OLD MAN DELACEY/ MOTHER/ AARON BURR: Aisha White
CLARA: Autumn Scott
FRANKENSTEIN: Ava Meinert
STEPMOTHER/ POLIDORI: Becca Katz
MARY: Elizabeth Usher
YOUNG MARY/PROFESSOR/WILLIAM: Riley Bubel
Actors - Remember to Register HERE!
While crew are only called certain days, you are welcome to work on show projects on days you aren't called. Just be sure to check in with Mr. Miller & Ms. Doering before you begin to ensure we are all working on the same page.
Rehearsals end at 6pm unless otherwise stated.
Monday 2/3 - Cast Only
Tuesday 2/4 - DRAMA CLUB MEETING @ OP!
Wednesday 2/5 - Cast & Crew (continue rehearsing & designing / prop acquisition)
Thursday 2/6 - Build w/ Jamie - ALL CALLED
Friday 2/7 - Build w/ Jamie - ALL CALLED
Monday 2/10 - Cast Only
Tuesday 2/11 - Cast & Crew
Wednesday 2/12 - Cast Only
Thursday 2/13 - Build w/ Jamie - ALL CALLED
Friday 2/14 - NO REHEARSAL
Saturday 2/15 - Build w/ Jamie - ALL CALLED 10a-3p
So excited to be working on these two shows with you all. This first week, we will rehearse Tuesday and Thursday (Jan 21 and 23) from 3-7pm. Details on the rest of the schedule forthcoming. All rehearsals in the Black Box