Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stepping Out Production Meeting

Hey everyone!

We had a production meeting this evening for Stepping Out and really accomplished a lot!

Just so everyone knows, Rob Martin is directing, Carissa Wallag is producing, Cathryn Ecclestein (I hope I spelled that right!) is assistant director/deck manager, and I'm the stage manager/assistant director.

One of the big things we discussed was publicity for the auditions. They are fast approaching and we really need to get the word out! Flyers are being made and will be distributed to business in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, various universities and colleges as well as other locations. We're looking into getting ads in the Detroit News and Free Press and the Press and Guide (definitely trying for online, if not print as well). If anyone would like a copy of the flyer emailed to them to print/distribute/email to others, comment on this post and let me know, I can get it to you! We also have a Facebook event, so add yourself if you're auditioning or just so you can invite others!

We discussed a lot of elements of the show.

  • Costumes are moving along well and we're planning on contacting some other venues that we know have certain costume elements to see if we can borrow/rent them. If we can't borrow a tux and the tails we need, we're thinking about contacting a tuxedo rental place to find out if they can donate/discount rentals. We brought up Miracle Wedding Village, if anyone knows how they worked with us last time, please let us know.
  • Some props have already been collected and the rest are easy to find/buy/make so we're strong on that front.
  • Set wise, we're going to build flats for the main set of the show. They will be movable as the last two scenes occur in a different location. Rob is looking into obtaining some fabric for the last scene as a backdrop.
  • Technical elements (lights and sound) are in the begining stages of planning. We'll keep you updated on how that goes! But we do realize that this show has several sound effects that have "special needs" so we're going to have to come up with creative ideas to make this work.
One of the big things we discussed is getting some volunteers for backstage help. Cayla (Mina from Dracula) is in charge of the Drama program at Crestwood and is looking to get them into the Thespian society. So if the students volunteer and help out we can get them points! We're looking to use them as deck crew memebrs (dressers to help assist the actors as well as crew) and possibly even house staff (selling tickets/concessions, ushering). We're also going to ask them for help when we have set builds (the flats need to be painted and we might need to build a few).

There's a lot of work to be done, but we feel well prepared!

Auditions are Novemeber 1 and 2, from 1-5 pm. Spread the word!


Cathy Adamkiewicz said...

All great news!
Regarding the tux, Miracle Wedding Village donated a tux for Joey when he did the kids' show a few years back. I bet they would do that again.
Send me the flyer for the auditions!
You guys are doing an awesome job! Send me Rob's email and I'll sent him a posting invite.

Jerry said...

I posted a modified version of the audition flyer on the front page of dhctstage.org.