Tuesday, April 2, 2013

So...what's the story here?

Ultimately, this question has been asked since day one not only by the ensemble but by many members of the Bucknell community (and beyond.) Our devising process means that the script, storyline, and themes are all established by the ensemble- our show is constantly a work in progress. After a "romp" performance of our material so far last Thursday, the production teams started narrowing into exactly what stories we would tell and how we would tell them. Here are some lessons we've learned so far:

  • Less is more! We can't tell the audience everything.
  • Move more, speak less
    • Seems to be the nature of show with movement in the title and only one hour to perform
  • Nothing is ever set in stone (yet)
    • When working towards a deadline it's easy to start wanting to set scenes, character relationships, and story chronology in stone but this can quickly kill our creative environment. While we will eventually have a strong storyline, it's not time for that just yet.
  • The most important question we can ask is, "What if..."
  • Take a break, breathe, and start again
  • And when it's 12:30am and you're still working just stop, go home, and sleep
This process has been a learning process for everyone, including Director Kali Quinn. Every production she produces is different and takes a different course to reach an end product. While we still have a long way to go till opening night, we are all very excited and confident in the work will be presenting!

You've probably noticed a lot less blog posts lately. This is for two reasons:
  1. We've been working a lot on the storyline...we don't want to ruin it for you!
  2. We've been really busy (sorry) but photos are coming to help fill you in!

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