I Might Have Just Found Something

I think I’ve found a show. After looking around for a few days for a show that I can propose in place of what I initially wanted to do, I stumbled across something I hadn’t heard of before.  There is a play written by Pat Cook called You Have the Right to Remain Dead that I ordered and read.  The premise is a whodunit comedy that is written to bring in the audience into the story.  It was a pretty good read and I see a lot of potential for a fun show the audience will tell others about.  I just finished writing up my initial proposal and I will meet with the production committee from the theatre tomorrow night.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to keep the production staff I had even though the show ran into a snag. I actually managed to get a sound operator during the last few says.  The support I have received from everyone has been great and I think this new show will do well.

 

What most people don’t realize is that this is part of the process. You can set up all you can and make plans, but if you don’t get the go ahead from the copyright you can’t go forward with it.  With the theatre planning their whole season at once, this is a risk you take.

 

 

 

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Last week things it a sizable snag. The licensing company that has the rights to the show I want to do notified us that they are reserving the show for equity companies at this time and they may open up the rights to it later in the future.

 

I won’t be doing Shakespeare in Love this fall.

 

So now I’m quickly looking for something to run in its place. I want something fun and funny and I don’t want to rehash the same comedies that everyone always does.  The hard part is that there aren’t a lot of comedies that have big name recognition that have come out within the last 15 years.  Everything I’m finding is either written by Neil Simon, Noel Coward, or Ken Ludwig.  Outside of that it’s stuff I’ve never heard of before and would be a hard sell.

 

I have found a show that is a comedy whodunit that has lots of audience participation that sounds fun. I’m ordering the script tomorrow to read.  I hope this one is good and I can make plans for it.

 

Our auditions for the summer show, Evita, could have gone better. Due to several factors, there wasn’t that great of a turn out and they are doing a second set of auditions next week.  The director is meeting with the production committee about changing when the show dates are to make the show more accommodating for people wanting to audition.  Whatever that decision ends up being may affect me and when I would start rehearsals.  The summer show takes precedence so I’ll have to address that issue when a decision is made.

 

Lots of stuff is happening quickly and the stress is on.

 

 

 

Taking Hold of My Procrastination and Punching Straight in the Face

Today I’m sending in the request to get the rights secured for Shakespeare in Love. The vice president of production will be submitting the request for the license and then we wait.

My only concern at this point is the Samuel French website lists all current approved productions of the play and there is a show on the same weekends in Memphis, TN. They are about four and a half hours from us, so I don’t see us competing for the same audience, but I still worry that they will look at it and deny it anyway.  I’m just nervous, so we will see.

I go in on Thursday to help out the cast of Big Fish with a few small combat sequences. I was supposed to go in last night but I completely forgot about it and was kindly reminded by my wife (who is in the show so she was at rehearsal already) while I was giving my son a bath.  That’s helpful anyway seeing as how I haven’t prepared anything.  I may have had to reschedule anyway.

Writing has come to a hold. I’ve gotten great feedback from my beta readers for my novel and I have decided to go back and do a serious rewrite.  Main elements are going to stay, but I’m dropping a story line and changing viewpoints.  I’m outlined and ready to go, but I just need to sit down and start.  I have yet to do this.  Life continues to be busy, but I’ll freely admit that I’ve had time I could have written, but I didn’t.  Shame on me.

More on life as it happens. There’s plenty coming up to keep things going.  Stay tuned.

I Can Feel My Sanity Slowly Coming Back

March has been one of the craziest months I’ve had in a while and it is finally letting up. Things at work are finally at a point where it’s leveling out and we aren’t slammed with stuff going on.  Life outside of work stays busy with church stuff and theatre stuff, but we’ve managed okay.  April is just around the bend and life might be betting back to normal.

 

I’m looking forward to writing again. Not just keeping a regular blog schedule (weird Idea, I know) but getting back to writing more on my book.  I got beta reader feedback and I’ve been able to sync up with a critique partner.  I have the contacts now to get other perspectives on my work to get it better and ready for submission to agents.  The beta reader comments were great but they also come with the need for significant rewrites.  I started plotting yesterday in preparation for Camp Nanowrimo and I really like where things are going. I want to jump on Camp Nanowrimo to help keep me motivated and moving along to tackle the rewrites and get some stuff done.

 

I’ve managed to keep up with my writing group here that meets once a month. I’m generally getting good notes there, with a few ways to look back and maybe reword something here and there to help with flow and stuff like that.

 

It’s not quite time to start working on preparation for Shakespeare in Love, but I know it’s coming soon. It’s another reason I hope to get the book finished, at least mostly finished, through the first half of the summer so I can devote my time to the play without feeling like my book is suffering.  (Note to self:  make a deadline to finish and be ready to submit to agents.  You work best with a schedule)

 

I think that’s it for now. I’ll keep you posted on how April goes.

 

 

 

Getting Stuff Done in the Midst of Life

These past few days have been challenging in being able to get anything done. It’s been a row of successive days where I’ve just had stuff to do.  Work has been busy.  I’ve been running errands for random stuff right after work.  We get home at the end of the night, manage something quick for dinner and then get ready for bed.  It’s just been chock full of stuff.

I’ve got a little more of plotting done on my new novel outline. I’ve got a three act story (more or less) and now it’s just going in there and putting the smaller pieces in there to flesh it out.  Then I can start writing.  I also need character profiles and a supporting cast.  My goal with this next book is to flesh out the world more and not quite streamline the story like I did in the first one.  Not that the first one is bad by any means, it’s just I think I can work this one out better.

I went by the theatre the other night to answer makeup questions. The cast for And Then There Were None has some inexperienced people in the group and a lot don’t know how to do basic stage makeup.  I’m known around the theatre as the “makeup guy” so I got the call to go down.  The play opens up in about three weeks and there is still a good amount of work to go.  They have time, but the cast needs to pull together and get their lines solid. I know the director is stressing about this a good bit, but things always come together in the end.  For her sake I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

My manuscript is still out to my beta readers. I knew it would take a while to get back, but I just want an initial reaction to how it is.  Is it good?  Is it ok with some potential?  Is it total crap?  In any case, I continue to sit and wait.  I try to keep busy with other things and now that I have a new story idea it helps, but as you can see from earlier, I’m having a hard time getting any writing done.  I’m hoping that will change over the next few days.

The Auditions are Over!

The Auditions are Over!

It’s been a busy theatre weekend. Auditions for Big Fish went up and the cast list is out.  There was a lot of really great talent that came out so I know casting this thing was hard.  I did not audition myself; my wife put in for this show, but I was there to watch everything. I have my own show coming up later in the season with Shakespeare in Love, so I don’t want to do too much; plus with my wife in the show, I will be at home keeping up with our soon-to-be-4 year old.  I’ll be plenty busy.

Writing this week has been slow. There is a competition piece I’m working on that’s due the 15th that I’m mostly done with, but with work picking up this week, I will be close to deadline before it’s finished.  I don’t know how much time I’ll have to go back and give it a good edit, so I’m not thrilled about that, but I should have something.  I’m happy with the story and concept anyway.

We are going to be gearing up soon for fine arts stuff with our youth group at church. I expect to take about 12 to 15 kids to competition in May for our state/district competition.  I’m still looking out for the new rule book for 2017, but no luck yet.  They are liable to make some subtle changes or add new categories, but we need to start working on things soon.  With as busy as kids are getting things in place early will help them have time to put in the effort needed to do well.  I’m always excited to see how it goes and what kids come up with what material.  We have some extremely talented kids in our group.

I have another writing friend who has come against some issues with having her work plagiarized by multiple sources. She’s been writing for two years now on different poetry sites and still sees her work pop up at other places online or by other users she knows.  It’s a sad thing.  When you just use writing as an outlet to speak your mind and express how you feel about things, to have your words taken by others and passed as their own is disheartening.

Really people, do we have nothing else better to do than rip off other’s work. Imagine what you could come up with if you spent the energy faking it and actually creating stuff of your own.  Just food for thought.

In an effort to be consistent, I’m scheduling work on this blog to hit every Wednesday. Now, I may get crazy and do extra content, but I like the look of Wednesday.  My other blog will be getting posts on Mondays.  I’m still looking at taking on a lot of writing/editing over the next few months and I want to make sure that the thing that got me writing in the first place (the blogs out here) don’t disappear as a result.

The votes are in!

Well it’s official; I’m a director. The board of directors at the theatre voted on the shows for their upcoming season and my proposal for Shakespeare in Love for fall of 2017 has been accepted.  I am incredibly excited and equally scared out of my mind, but it’s all good.  I have several months before I need to start planning things, but knowing me I’ll want to get started tomorrow.  I’ve wanted to wait at getting too far ahead of myself until there was an official decision to have it accepted, but official word came last night.

This will be my first attempt at directing a whole show from start to finish. Several years ago I replaced a director who had stepped away from the show; it had already been cast.  I will be at the helm here from start to finish for the first time.  I’ve already gotten some commitments from some great people to be my production staff, including my set builder and my stage manager; that’s a huge load off my shoulders.

More to come as I get it. My wife is gearing up for audition for Big Fish this weekend.  Buzz has been big for this show so I expect there to be a lot of people to come out and audition.