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.