Les Misérables (new non-musical show) production diary

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Les Misérables (new non-musical show) production diary

Postby brixhamlaura » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:03 am

March 30th 2013

So, after thinking about it, I decided to start posting some of our production diary over here, as on my intro post, several people have been asking me about the show - and that way it all remains fairly tidy in one thread when it comes to weekly pictures and rants in May.

In a simplified nutshell, the theatre company I founded with a friend back on 2005, is taking on a new production of Les Misérables this year. It is non-musical, based heavily off the book, and will be performed around Torbay and South Devon (UK) in early September 2013.

And by the way, If anyone in the Devon area is interested in auditioning, or knows someone who would love to audition, we are holding open auditions on May 15th (see the auditions tab on our website http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com - feel free to pass the word on...)

To start - although it is only the end of March, pre-production is well underway. Bearing in mind that most of us work or study as well as doing this, and it is the biggest show the South Devon Players theatre company have ever tackled, and it is on a tight budget (yay for charity shops, two of our members sewing frantically, Freecycle/ Freegle, and ebay/ ebid) the more time the better for prep.

Officially the pre-production meeting (that is when director, assistant director, makeup people, techies, front of house manager, etc all meet up and spend an afternoon panicking around a table) is on May 11th, four days before the audition. It was planned to be earlier, but then we realised that we are doing shows or workshops every single weekend before. Having said that, a lot of us are already running around sourcing costumes and props, advertising auditions, and keeping things in a state of semi-organisation (bearing in mind we also have another show, though set here in England, in 1851 that we are performing in April as well).

So, today, in a couple of hours or so, Charles, Pam and I are heading over to Torquay Family Market, which is a monthly street market. The main reason is to promote our April show "The Ballad of Resurrection Bob", with some street theatre, which is about some smugglers being sought by the Navy (a true local story, and quite a funny one)... of course our flyers are all double sided, one side has the details of the show, and the other side, the auditions and info on Les Mis auditions.
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Re: Les Misérables (new non-musical show) production diary

Postby brixhamlaura » Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:25 pm

March 31st

The leafleting went really well yesterday, four of us (three current members and a guy who is new but hoping to join us to audition for either Jean Valjean or the Bishop, when we do Les Mis) handed out about 200 flyers for our April show and our May Les Misérables auditions, at Torquay Family Market. And then we had cake...
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In other news, I have found the ideal royalty-free music for when we film the promo trailers for our Les Misérables show in June: http://derekaudette.ottawaarts.com/musi ... E_4web.mp3
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Postby Acaila » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:09 pm

Nice music choice! There's a bit in there, just a couple of notes that sound exactly like part of Come to Me in my head, so seems appropriate ;)
Filmed promos are great for shows imo.
Glad your leafletting went well!
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Postby brixhamlaura » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:24 pm

Had fun sorting out a youtube ad (it is one way to get the word out on Youtube anyway) and testing out a new video editing program from Serif, for when we are doing the proper trailers, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mwt_QPY6T4
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Postby brixhamlaura » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:40 pm

When I get a spare afternoon, and have computer-ed myself out, I sit and work on a bit of costuming - today, I was working on grown-up Cosette's bonnet. As with everything we use for our theatre shows, it is stuff from the charity shop or freecycle, re-made and recycled. In this case, a posh modern hat from the charity shop, re-made with removal of modern bits, re-shaping and addition of lace and ribbon which match the fabric for the dress.
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Postby Acaila » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:31 pm

Great job :D
YoungStudentMarius on here does lots of cool costume work. If you need advice on tailcoats, she's the one to ask ;)
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Postby brixhamlaura » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:56 pm

hehe, thanks for that, will bear in mind, tailcoats are not something I have had to make yet, so if I get in a panic, I know where to yell. :)
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Postby brixhamlaura » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:57 pm

Latest news and announcements on the show:

Latest news on the The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham Les Misérables auditions (https://www.facebook.com/events/153265088155883/) Updates on the show (there are several points here, all very good)

- For anyone who is with Aesthetic Clarity LTD or any other talent agency, or who has their own acting/ performance/ tech website, who is in this show, you will be welcome to use relevant rehearsal/ promo photos and videos for your portfolios.

- A videolog and documentary film following the progress of the show, from may to Sept, with rehearsals, behind the scenes, publicity events, and shows, will also be made, and shared worldwide.

- Tickets are already being reserved for the shows!!!! Yes, people have already phoned me to book tickets, even though the shows aren't until September!

- Even before being cast this has gone worldwide, with an American university working with parts of our script for their students, and messages of "can we watch this online" coming in globally (USA, UK, Lithuania, Brazil, France, Canada, Australia, Japan thus far).
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Postby Acaila » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:00 pm

Wow, sounds like it's really taking off Laura :D
Get that script off to some publishers - something like Lazybee might be a good idea as a lot of amateur groups like using it
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Postby brixhamlaura » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:32 pm

Oh it is, I mean I was running round charity shops today stuff sourcing things and going to a couple of meetings for networking, and almost in tears from tiredness, but it will all be worth it. :)
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Postby Acaila » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:33 pm

Pace yourself! Plan plan plan and get delegating. The sooner you can hand someone responsible a bit of paper and trust that they will just go away and do it to your satisfaction, the sooner you can relax in the knowledge that it will all happen smoothly :)
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Postby brixhamlaura » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:37 pm

That's what the production meeting on May 11th is for :D. The mad thing is, things are so busy that we can't get together til then to sort things properly.
Basically, the plan is to have a lot sorted before we go into rehearsals so that then we can concentrate getting the rehearsals top notch.
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Postby Acaila » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:38 pm

Yeah, it's always best to have it all well in hand by then. So long as your creative team don't mind if you end up cutting things later! :D
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Postby brixhamlaura » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:42 pm

It will make a change from having last second panics... :D
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Re: Les Misérables (new non-musical show) production diary

Postby brixhamlaura » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:43 pm

Its been a bit quiet, mainly because we are in the throes of performing our spring show - here is a photo from last weekend when we took our local history show to a drama festival:
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On the Les Misérables front, we had a bit of a crisis today when we found out that two of our performances had been double booked with a big music festival, so we have been running around swearing and re-booking, and the new show run for Les Mis will be September 19th - 22nd.
Naturally AFTER we had gone to print with our May theatre company newsletters listing the originally booked dates *sigh*.
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