This summer, the Duluth Playhouse has six graduated seniors in its Teen Intensive program. As this is their last intensive and/or Children’s production of their theater career, we decided to have each individual write a brief tribute describing their experience at the Playhouse.
Heather Linn Montavon
My time at the Duluth Playhouse has radically changed my life for the better. Not only have I developed as a performer, but I have also grown as a person. The past three years have been memorable, and I’m ready to take the next step of my life with the skills and confidence I have received.
Click on over to read more about these graduating teens and their Playhouse experience!
Hey guys, Maranda again. Sorry it’s been awhile since I had a blog post, but I have one for you today. Today’s blog post has to do with auditioning and what to wear to an audition.
Take into consideration how you are during an audition. Do you get nervous? Do you have stage fright? If so then make sure that you don’t wear a shirt that easily shows off sweat stains. Also avoid a shirt that has complicated buckles or zippers, because that could cause you to fiddle with it and cause a clothing malfunction, and we definitely don’t want that to happen. You want to make sure you’re comfortable during an audition. Clothing that is too tight, or even too loose can make you feel awkward and affect your performance.
For today’s blog we interviewed Sophia Geerdes, the team lead for stage managers and assistant stage managers, on the fake blood used in the show.
1.) What was the process of choosing which fake blood to use?
I looked up some recipes and made samples for Margo (costume designer) to test with different fabrics. We decided that the best recipe would be laundry detergent and red dye #40. We also had to figure out what we were going to use for the edible blood. Luckily, they did a show with it recently enough that we had some left over. That was also tested and approved by Margo. When it came to how to make the blood work in the show, it was a lot of trial and error before we found the methods we are going to use.
2.) What factors did you take into consideration?
I knew that the blood would end up on all of the costumes so I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t stain. Corn syrup can get very sticky so I wanted to avoid that at all costs. I found the laundry detergent recipe, and that seemed very helpful because the cleaning product is in the blood.
We interviewed Jon Brophy, the advisor for the light crew.
1.) What is your favorite part of working on lights?
My favorite part of being a lighting designer is the collaboration. Lighting is not a stand alone art form for me, it’s part of a large scale project that requires all aspects working in unison to implement successfully. It’s my job to provide a bridge that allows the audience to take that one final step into the fictional world we are creating. Working together, we can create full sensory experiences that tell amazing stories.
While not a fresh take on the satire of Jim Henson’s iconic Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, et al., Stage 2’s production, directed by Joe Cramer, entertained its audience.
The show’s greatest strength is that the cast members “manipulating” the puppets do so universally well, with the symbiosis between actor and puppet so strong that you often forget to look at the actors’ faces and focus on the puppets instead. Kudos as well to the show’s puppet master, Ashley Wereley.