Putting The Pieces Together

We've now been practicing for just over two calendar weeks, which actually represents half of our rehearsal time for this show.  It's a very ambitious schedule, but one that's coming together very well.  We're on our stage now, which is raked at an angle.  A raked stage really makes the Lyric Arts stage become much more personal and intimate, but it can be a challenge to work on.  Especially when you're spinning and doing lifts!  Speaking of the stage, be sure to check out the Evolution of a Set blog as well.  Should be very interesting to see how this set comes together over the next few weeks!

The last two weeks of rehearsal have been spent blocking each vignette, and getting off book in order to make this easier.  Trying to set up scenes with a script in your hands is not easy!  With such intimate scenes as these, and with such fast and stacking dialogue, we're doing everything we can to get all the major things in place, so that we can work on the details that much more.  This is the really fun part of the process.  It's where you get to play, and create your characters, and make the show really fun to watch.  With a show like this, that's doubly important.  And we're doing a great job.  I can't wait for you to see it!

Almost, Maine: The First Snowball

Well, there's no denying it anymore, it's winter.  The days are at their shortest time of the year, and the snow piles in drifts all around us, especially this year.  Cold represents a lot of different things to people.  It can represent pessimism, or loss, or regret.  However, cold weather also brings to mind the things we do to stay warm.  Togetherness, love, and comfort. So, welcome to Almost, Maine!  My name is Tom Goerger, and I'm one of the cast members of this wonderful show.  If you're like me, you hadn't heard of this show until it was announced at the season preview event last spring at Lyric Arts. Believe me, once you see this show, you'll wonder why you hadn't.  This script is one of the funniest, most poignant things I've ever read.  It hooked me immediately, and all the way through.  It almost reads like a sitcom, with funny, fast paced dialogue and loads of physical humor.  But, it's has a lot of scenes that make you really think.  It's got something for everyone, and is something that I think everyone will enjoy.

One unique thing about this show is the size of the cast relative to how many characters there are.  This show has a cast of just four people, who play 18 characters between them.  I'll talk about the challenges and opportunities of this in a later posting.  The director, Bob Neu, has put together a cast that I think captures this fun show perfectly.  We've been having a great deal of fun so far, learning our lines and starting to do some really interesting staging.  This is going to be a great show, that I hope everyone out there comes to see.  Much more later, but again, welcome to Almost, Maine!