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“A Day at the (Haunted) Lake” from Grace Heller

In Administration, Assistantship, Company Management, Internship, Uncategorized on June 18, 2018 at 5:49 AM

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It is really, really hot in Ashland. Especially for a born and raised Seattlite who has never lived in a place where she can’t see water and where the temperature only regularly gets above 70 degrees 1.5 months out of the year. On Memorial Day I was feeling a little homesick landlocked, but that also happened to be the same day of the IATC BBQ at Lake Emigrant. A few FAIR folks and I decided to go, just for a little while to see what was going on.

When we got there I was shocked, but also so happy, because right next to Ashland is a beautiful lake. Actually it’s not that beautiful but I missed the sight of water so much that at that point it was pretty much the most amazing thing I had ever seen. Fun fact about Lake Emigrant that I learned: it’s a reservoir so it’s man made. Apparently when the area was flooded to create said reservoir it covered a tiny “town” called Klamath Junction which consisted of two services stations, a few houses, a dance hall and a cemetery. So not only is there a downed town underneath this lake, which already gives off a very haunted vibe, but there’s a cemetery. This lake is like double haunted with a 50% chance of lake zombies.

None of this stopped me from going swimming however; neither did the kind of gross water. It was hot out and I was at a lake with my friends; it felt like home. I felt sort of weird going swimming and wearing just a swimsuit at what was technically a “work event,” but then again nothing here at OSF is exactly like it is anywhere else. Also there was shaved ice and it was delicious.

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“We have now had a real audience!” from Maggie Monhan

In Assistantship, Directing, Shakespeare, Uncategorized on June 15, 2018 at 5:54 AM

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We have now had a real audience! A generous and nearly full house greeted the actors with laughs, tears, and even hissing (apparently many of them have attended The Theatre in England?). I know that the actors needed the affirmation and energy of people who had not been sitting behind the table for the entire process. 
Having an audience always clarifies the true strengths and weaknesses of a production, and that conventional wisdom (to directors, anyway) applies to Love’s in particular. The story arc of the lords has responded very well to having an audience, which leads to even more joyful raucousness in their performances.

“Light Walkers” from Michael Scholar, Jr.

In Assistantship, Directing, Lighting, Lighting Design, Shakespeare, Uncategorized on June 11, 2018 at 6:04 AM

IMG_9618One duty the Assistant Directors have is to stay in the theatre with the Lighting Designer and work with “light walkers” until 2:30AM in the morning several times over the tech period after everyone else has gone home.  Its just a few folks behind the lighting boards on head set, me with my script, typing up notes from the previous dress rehearsal, and two surprisingly happy volunteers.  OSF seems to have a plethora of volunteers who are willing to do almost anything to help the festival out even super late at night.  Two chipper senior citizens come down to the Elizabethan Theatre at midnight to start their shift in heavy coats (as it gets cold in there at night) for the most thankless of jobs: standing or sitting on stage while the lights get adjusted.  The volunteers I was lucky enough to work with all had great attitudes about it and had fun amongst themselves despite me only really interacting with them to tell them where to stand.  I asked a gray haired waif to stand up on the balcony where Juliet will deliver her most famous of speeches the following evening, and placed bulldog of man down below by the heavens columns looking up as Romeo does.  They had so much fun playing the young lovers even for an audience of none, that I began to think there may be a concept production of this love story waiting to happen.

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