Evolution of a Set: Day 19

It is opening night of Leading Ladies and we have a completed set. It looks amazing! Thank you to all those who created, built, and decorated the set. It truly is a work of art! I have added some other photos of the set so you can see what it looks like from different angles. So now it is up to you to come and see the set in person. Contact the box office and I guarantee you will have a hilarious evening at Lyric Arts.

I hope you have enjoyed the process of the Evolution of the Set!


Evolution of a Set: Day 18

Well we are almost done with the set. Patrick and his crew have been working hard this week to get all of the pieces put together. Yesterday, Brian Proball, the set designer, came in and did all the shadowing on the doors and walls- believe you me it makes all the difference in how the set feels. We also have a ton of decorations that have gone up, i.e. mirrors and pictures. Not sure what Patrick is doing up on the ladder, but we will see with the next picture.  Tomorrow is our last day of Evolution of a Set-I can't belive we are about to open our first show of the 2011-2012 season!

Enjoy the Evolution!

Evolution of a Set: Day 17

Alright, we have had some great nights of tech rehearsals. The show is really coming along. The cast is HILARIOUS I have been laughing so hard my cheeks hurt when I go home! We are now really at this most exciting part of the whole set building process...the details!  Patrick and his crew are really putting all the details together to make the set believable. The white bead board has now been defined using a very fine point brown permanent marker. The floor has also been defined. Patrick and his crew added door pediments above the two doors on each side of the stage. Also the room behind the couch was painted mint green. Bob Ceminky is adding some architecture to the big blue wall. I wonder what is going to inside those rectangles? Also, it looks like a mirror and a big bouquet of flowers was added.

Enjoy the Evolution!

Evolution of a Set: Day 16

So as you can tell some detail items are starting to appear. We have a flower vase in the little cove. A table, phone, and candlesticks in the upstairs room. I also just noticed that we have a lamp on one of the side tables. The biggest change from yesterday is that Patrick and his crew have added a large lattice behind the french doors and the large window. I can't wait to see what will be added to the lattice. Enjoy the Evolution!

Evolution of a Set: Day 15

Yes, we are working on Labor day! As you can see we have some very dedicated volunteers at Lyric Arts. We have finished the carpet. In fact, we were had a little carpet shortage and our volunteer Bob Ceminsky was able to piece everything together so we were able to have carpet on the stairs and landing. Thanks so much Bob! We also added a  stain glass wall, keep looking at that as it will dramatically change. We are also finishing the trim around the doors. Enjoy the Evolution!

Evolution of a Set: Day 14

I can't believe it is already Day 14 of Evolution of a Set. Anyone is show business will tell you that it all comes down to lighting to really make a scene pop or to invoke any emotion. Well today Dan Thorson, the Lighting Designer, is here invoking emotion. Take a look at the gobos (lighting instrument term) on the wall, the red room on the top level, and the vase even has it own lighting. Things are definitely coming together. Enjoy the Evolution!

Meet Michael Oslund performing in "Leading Ladies"

Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Michael Oslund, who is performing as Doc Meyers  in Leading Ladies . Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular play interested you? 

MO: I enjoy performing comedy.  The last play I acted in was a drama and I like the change of pace.

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Leading Ladies can you tell us about the show? 

MO: Two out of work Shakespearean actors decide to impersonate a wealthy woman's relatives to inherit her millions.  Then they discover that the relatives are female and they have a decision to make - to head for the hills or stay and play the roles of a lifetime.  They decide to stay and the misadventure begins.

LA: Talk about the character that you play in Leading Ladies How have you developed this character? 

MO:I play Doc Myers a doctor whose wisdom and medical skills are only surpassed by his good looks and his prowess with the fairer sex.  Ha!

LA: Why should people come and see Leading Ladies

MO: The play may remind people of the movie "Some Like It Hot" without Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemon, but with many other great actors.

LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Anyone that you are particularly amazed at? 

MO: I can't believe how good the other actors are.  My goal is to be the best cast member that I can be.

LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of Leading Ladies?  Besides me? 

MO: I think the actors playing the male/female leads are incredible.  People who enjoy well-acted community theater will want to see this production.

LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show? 

MO: Watching the men become women is hilarious.

LA: Tell us what is something that you are particular excited about this show coming to together? For example, a certain scene, costumes, set, lights, etc? 

MO:It's difficult to answer because we have just begun rehearsals.  I think the fact that opening night is six weeks away is exciting and nerve wracking.

LA: Are comedies easy or harder to act than dramas or musicals? If so, why? 

MO: They say "Drama is easy; comedy is hard."  All three genres have their unique challenges.  Musicals can be difficult because you not only have to act but sing and dance.  Drama makes you look inside yourself to discover your motivation and that can be daunting.  Comedy is hard because of the timing involved and because you cannot ad lib your lines when you are in a scene with the other actors.  One misspoken or forgotten word can spoil a joke.  You also want to be funny but you can't force the laughs.  They come through the interactions of the characters, not through jokes.

LA: What is your favorite comedy (in theater) to watch? 

MO: Arsenic and Old Lace

LA: Do you have a favorite theatrical actor that you like to see on stage, either local or national? Why do you like to watch this person on stage? 

MO: Hugh Jackman.  I've seen him on Public TV when they rebroadcast a production of Oklahoma! and thought that he was great.

LA: To date what is your favorite role that you have played and why?

MO: Butch Honeycutt is a character in the play The Trial of Judas Iscariot.  He has a monologue in the play that combined my comedic gifts with drama.  People were laughing at the beginning and were choking back tears by the end.

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself? 

MO: I'm fat, old, and bald and am always confused by the question on the application form regarding hair color.  Is "skin" a hair color?  I enjoy acting and wish I could do it more often.  Unfortunately, I have to work for a living until I'm discovered by a Broadway director who is looking for a fat, old, bald guy.

LA: Any other area that you would like to comment on? 

MO: I would like to thank Lyric Arts for the opportunity to be in this play and hope people enjoy it and tell their friends to come out and see it; heck, they can even tell the people they don't like.


Evolution of a Set: Day 13

The wall by the staircase is all painted a beautiful blue. You might be wondering what those pink squares are on the staircase? I have been told they are foam and Patrick and his crew will be doing some carving with a foam cutter. The stairs were also painted. Dan Thorson, our Lighting Designer, is here today hanging lights. In fact, Dan brought me some great news. His mother-in-law donated a new monitor for our light board. Take a look at the pictures below to see how we have enter into the 21 century!

Enjoy the Evolution!

Evolution of a Set: Day 12

After having laid the carpet yesterday, Patrick and his crew have been work on some detail items, like make sure the doors can slam numerous times (that was a hint on what you can expect when you come to see the show). Cathy H. has been working on painting the walls and Bob C. has been working on the trim on all the doors. Enjoy the Evolution!