Chris Gruca from Theatre on the Edge provides an update on the wedding of the year.
Four weeks ago we were on the third draft of our script. Now there are three days to go to Assemble Fest and we have lost count of all the changes… How time flies when you are having fun!
Mounting a theatre production involves lots of organisation and each production brings its own special challenges. We have had several extremely productive sessions with our mentor, Gemma Kerr, ably assisted by her daughter, Clea. Clea is more than happy to let us know if she finds something we are doing enjoyable and entertaining… or not! It is invaluable to have an “outside eye” and Gemma has had the eye and insight to challenge us and help us tweak and polish our production.
In addition to Gemma’s input, Assemble Fest conducted a “scratch” extract preview two weeks ago, which provided a sizeable live audience from all the 2017 Assemble Fest companies offering their constructive comments for further development. The day was incredibly beneficial, and what a pleasure it was to see the wide range of work and exciting ideas that are going to be presented at the festival.
And then three days ago, on what had to be one of the hottest days of the year, we attempted our first dress rehearsal (aka a “stumble-run”) in front of more willing victims (aka audience members) in our actual venue, Trinity Methodist Church. Talk about trial by fire… having a go in the actual venue quickly led to the discovery of what worked and what didn’t work… and to more changes!
We mentioned earlier that every production has its own special challenges. The above has been pretty much par for the course. Because we are “a wedding with a twist” the challenge for our production has been the fact that essentially we are planning a… wedding! With all its assorted deadlines, decisions and stresses, no wonder otherwise happy, normal people turn into “Bridezilla” and “Groomzilla” preparing for what is supposed to be “the happiest day of their lives”!
We are not ashamed to admit that we have disagreed (aka argued) over the selection of music, colour scheme for the decorations, choice of beverage, seating arrangements... the list goes on and on. What we are in agreement with, however, is that we need a night out, a stag night. That’s tonight. With three days to go to Assemble Fest, we should have recovered in time for our first show on Saturday at 10:30am!
Don’t forget our celebrations commence on Saturday 3 June at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm. You are Cordially Invited…