Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Jerkology Rehearsal

As I mentioned in my previous post, we had another rehearsal for Jerkology last night. Everyone was there and dressed in their Jerkology gear - polos with popped collars - and we took some promotional photos. The photos were pretty hilarious and they'll look even better once Jason is able to work his design magic on them.

I added two new sketches to the show last week, so we spent most of the rehearsal going over those. They are both longer scenes with three and four cast members in them. The first reads went very smoothly. In one scene, Jason and Tristan play two little kids and they did a great job playing it up without being too corny but still having a lot of fun with it. I think people will get a kick out of seeing them play kids alone. In the other scene, Aaron plays a famous television personality and really does a great job with it. I'll need to do a little more research for that scene so I know exactly how to light it, but I think it will really get a great reaction.

We also did some work on Jason and Marty's two person scene about adoption. I was unsure how the scene was going to work, so we tried it a couple of different ways last night. I had originally written it to be a lights-up, lights-down series of short scenes. After seeing that, we decided that it was unclear if Jason and Marty were having the same conversation over and over or if it was different versions of the same conversation. We talked about it a little bit and ended up making it one long scene - which actually suits the subject matter much better.

We ended the rehearsal on a high note by running one of Marty's solo scenes. He freaking nailed it. He had us all rolling to the point where Aaron could hardly say his out line at the end. Fantastic. And to think that I almost cut this scene before we started rehearsing.

We've now run through all of the "scene" scenes a few times. Now we just need to work on getting off-book on those and memorizing the monologues. If rehearsals keep going like this, I think we'll be just fine.

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