Monday, December 6, 2010

Actors - Example Pictures



Blocking Notes

Lights on
- Father sitting on couch reading a newspaper, mother knocks on door
- father gets up, opens the door
- mother stays in the doorway until the fourth line, then she moves into the house
- they walk over to the couches and stand there talking
- Mother says her last line and starts to walk away towards the door
- Father says his last line and sits on the couch further right stage and says his last line
- Mother opens the door and leaves
Lights off

Rehearsal Schedule

Before 13 December 2010: Casting must have been completed and scripts handed out with basic blocking notes
13 December 2010: Lines memorized and basic blocking finalized
14 December 2010: All properties brought in and large stage items are set, costumes need to be given for tailoring
15 December 2010: Lighting and sound needs to be completed without technical difficulties
16 December 2010: Costumes are ready and fitted, run throughs
17 December 2010: Dress rehearsal with all props, lights, sounds, costumes
18 December 2010: SHOW! 8 pm

5 days of practice, 3 hours each day, show on Saturday night
Practices start with a warm up, then run through with stops, then run through without stops, director gives notes and actors adapt, run through again and again
Being such a short play, many run throughs are acceptable and doable

Basic Ideas for:

Scenic Design:
- mother and father are both wearing traditional 1920s Spanish attire
- two big plants
- tray with food
- door mat
- backdrop should contain simple wallpaper with a window
- no lamps on stage
- greyish black colors
- dull colored couches
- wooden coffee table
- only real color is from the two plants at the back

- two main lights faced on either side of the stage
- both lights on and then play commences
- After the last line, both lights off
- lighting is dim

- Knocking on the door when the mother arrives

- Mother: 50+ years old, female, Caucasian
- Father: 50+ years old, male, Caucasian

Bird's Eye View - Sketch

The audience is shown in rows and should be able to accommodate around 25-30 people. There are 2 large couches positioned at a 125 degree angle and a coffee table in the middle of them. There are also two plants upstage left and upstage right, in the corners. The door/entrance is downstage left (house right).