Sunday 4th December 2004
I shall say this only once!
rehearsal for “Allo Allo” or AA as it will now be known, as that’s
where we will prob end up come March 6th, and not a cravat in
sight! Not once was I kissed on both cheeks and nobody offered to “do
lunch”, come on, is this Amateur Dramatics or what?
I will give you a brief synop
sinop senop round up of the story so far. Auditions were held a few weeks
back at Balvonie House, the wooden hut wing, where Attic Player faithfuls
and some welcome new blood turned up in their droves, some just walked or
took the car. Lana Lord (correct spelling optional) outlined her plans,
cackled menacingly and then put us at ease doing a gentle read through of
the various parts. After sifting through the best Christmas party invites,
she and her able Stage Manager Pat Brennan picked the parts and “first
read through” followed on the 21st December.
So far the casting hasn’t
changed, but who knows what the future brings?
Back to today…rehearsals
cracked on at 2.09Pm, luckily the rest of the cast appeared at 2.30 and
the room warmed up nicely. It was stated that the lighting would be key to
AA as we are working in a tight environment, without the extravagance of
full sets other than the first class genuine café setting of the Seaview
Café. As the action also takes place in a cinema, a bedroom and some
Gestapoesque offices, the lighting will be the main indication of scene
and mood changes.
We ran through scenes one to
five which included, in no particular order, Bill Wrights excruciating
violin playing as Herr Flick (people say he can play for real, but it was
very convincing), Rosemary’s excruciating rendition of “Coquette” as
Edith, more naff than Piaf (again assuming good acting) and new blood
Bob’s Effeminate mincing as Gruber, more Hey Ho than Heil Hitler
Much blocking, cheating and
topping took place, these apparently are age old stage directions,
“ston’ there”, “doon a bit” or “shift it pal” would suffice,
but we are actors…
Another thing stressed was
that the script for AA is naturally funny, so we have to bask (or Basque
in Herr Flicks case, more on that another time) in our entrances and not
to over egg the funnies. As always we had our standard equity tea break
with lashings of tea and enough cake to soak up the River Clyde, the more
outdoorsy types ventured out for a breath of fresh air and 2 Benson and
Next rehearsal is Wednesday 7th
January and we hope to provide some pictures here of work in progress or
cast without out their rags and slap on (another theatrical term, I’ll
break you in gently to them).
Although the parts are cast
for this production a lot of hard work goes on backstage by the committee
and props, costume, promo and sound and lighting people, so we are always
looking for new members and future cast members. Contact us by email for
details or to go on our mailing list.
One of the gang