Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day Nine - "...with a little help from my FRIENDS!"

And so, we have reached the last post for this blog. The show is over, classes have started, and life has resumed for the cast and crew of Fables for Friends.

Even though it was only nine days, it felt like so much more than that. It is truly amazing how a group of people can accomplish SO MUCH in such a short period of time. Everyone was dedicated and enthusiastic and wonderful. We all worked our butts off, and it was SO worth it. I highly encourage all of you Jumbos reading this to get involved in an O-Show at some point during your time here at Tufts. You won't regret it. But, even if you can't for some reason, there is always so much more waiting to be done during the year. :)

If you have been reading this blog all along, THANK YOU! YOU ROCK!

If you have just started and this is the first thing you have read, you are in for quite the ride. Re-live our adventure starting from HERE.

Thanks again to the wonderful cast and crew of FFF. This show would have never been possible without a little help from some friends.


Day Nine - Why I love ASMing.

2011 O-Show ASMs and blogger extraordinaires!

As of right now, I have ASMed for three different shows (and SMed one). All that I can say is that I love it, and I know that in the giant grand scheme of theater things, it is where I belong. While I do enjoy acting, and have even dabbled in directing and design, nothing makes me happier than to sit backstage and listen to the laughter from the audience and the chatter from the booth.
Besides spending lots of time sitting in the dark backstage, there are other more reasonable reasons why I think ASMing (or SMing I guess) is the best.

1. You get to see and take part in both aspects of the production process. The stage management crew is present at EVERY. SINGLE. REHEARSAL. and therefore gets to know the actors and the show itself quite well. Not only that, but the SM team is also in constant contact with the designers and technical directors, and gets the chance to get to know them and understand more of what they do.

2. You have power. After the director (and sometimes even before...), the SM crew is at the top of the chain of command. Every little thing that has anything to do with the production goes through them. Therefore, it is their job to KNOW EVERYTHING ALWAYS.

3. Although you may not be onstage as an SM or an ASM, you are STILL a crucial part of the flow and success of the show. Recognizing cues and pacing on stage is essential to keeping the show running smoothly. The best shows with the best SMs and ASMs are the ones where they are not noticed.

4. You learn SO MUCH. This kind of ties into the first idea. Whether it is your first time working in stage management, or your 40th, you always learn something new about the wonderful world of theater. After working on a show, you might learn the value of being on-time, or maybe how to clean a samovar, or what acting exercises work best for young actors.

5. The headset. I can't say enough how cool it is to wear one of those things.

(Pre - Dress Rehearsal photo)
6. Did I mention it is fun, too?

Day Nine - FFF BFFs


Day Nine - Chocks Away! Geronimo!

Last night was our last performance. NINE DAYS after returning to Tufts and having our first pstaff meetings and read-throughs, we closed the show. How cool is that?

We went out with a bang too, if I do say so myself.

The Monday night order of shows was flipped from Sunday, so the TTII show went first at 8pm. The FFF cast and crew gathered in the Sculpture Court (that big echo-y space by the Art Gallery) at 9pm to talk about strike after the show. After that, the cast quietly filed into the dressing rooms to begin doing makeup and such, while the rest of the crew, myself included, sat around and waited for the musical to finish so we could help them clear out their stuff and set up ours.
Once the musical was done, we all went into superhyperfastpreset mode. Jeff and Cole and Theresa and Kyle P. all helped me set things in their proper places. (THANKS GUYS!!) It took us maybe 20 minutes to set everything, which is impressive considering the sheer number of THINGS that were used in the show.

Once we were all set, and the actors were all ready, we started the show.

Besides being a great run all around, this night was extrasuperduper special because Tufts' President Anthony Monaco was in attendance for the show. Despite having a smaller audience than Sunday night, we all had a blast, and the show was over before we knew it.

It's an Abby/ie sandwich with a Jeff bun!
(From left to right: Jeff R. - Asst. Lights, Abbie - Lights Design, Abby - ASM, Jeff - SM)

Once the audience members cleared out, all the backstage lights were turned on and we all went into STRIKE MODE!! RAAAAAAAWWR!! Every single person (from both shows) had a specific role to do. I took care of putting props away with the help of Theresa and Mayabea and Hannah. While we were all strike-ing, Lizzie played music over the sound system, so it was more like a party. My favorite prop that I put away was the leftover donuts that were not used in scene 2. I ate them. Well, one. It was yummy.

It was all over by about 1am. All the props and furniture and costumes were back in stock, the stage was swept, the lights adjusted to what they were before...almost like we were never there.
Before leaving, Thomas and Emily made sure we all signed the posters for our shows. We have a tradition in 3Ps to use signed posters as souvenirs for shows. I already have quite the collection of them. My FFF poster is now hanging lovingly on my wall above my desk, where it will stay for the rest of the year. YAY!

A little after 1am, we all departed the theater and went our separate ways...back to our dorms or houses or apartments to sleep and prepare for the first day of classes and, you know...normal college life?
Cole and Nadav STRIKE a pose! (haha, get it? GET IT?)

Day Nine - MiniPhotoTour (sort of...)

Here are some pictures from the areas of the theater that don't already have pictures...

View from Baker.

View from Able.

View from Easy.

View from Dog. The best vom.

View from Charlie.

Green Room! Yes, it is indeed actually green.

Sign on the green room door.

Hallway leading to the dressing rooms (on the right), the costume shot (at the back), and the green room or sculpture court (on the left).

Makeup labels are fun.

The costume shop has EVERYTHING.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Day Eight - HUGZ

This picture deserves its own post.

Jeff R. (light-op for Fables), Nadav (director of TTII show) and Jonny (3Ps president).


Last night we had our first performance! AHH!
Because it was performance day, we didn't hold rehearsal during the day. That meant that for a lot of people, it was the first day they could sleep-in or run errands that they had had all week. When I went to Davis in the early afternoon, I saw many O-Show people going about their business enjoying the free time. It was nice to relax a bit before the show.
At 5pm, the cast and a few pstaff members met up at Eliza's apartment, where we made awesometastic t-shirts with spray paint and stencils. On the front they say "HEY WOAH YES OUCH WOW" and on the back they say "I DON'T WANNA PAHTY ANYMORE, O-Show 2011." They are very sparkly, so if you see chairs or areas of campus that are extra glittery, chances are one of us has been there...

It is very symbolic.

At 5:30 Jeff and I had to run off to the theatre to do presets. Having done this a few times now, I didn't need my list to tell me where everything went. By 6pm, everything was set up and the actors arrived to start hair and makeup. 6pm was also the time of the 3Ps ice cream social in the lobby, so a few of us wandered up there and chatted with freshmen interested in theater. I met a lot of really nice people, and I am very excited for what the class of 2015 will bring to the 3ps and its umbrella groups this year. Woooo!

Eliza braids her hair looking scandalized as Alexa dresses behind her.


By 6:30 I was back in the theatre, doing last-minute prop checks and such. We opened house at around 6:45, and I set up shop at my post at Dog. When the house closed, I went onstage and set up the last of the set dressings for the first scene. A little after 7, the show began.
Overall, I think the show went as smoothly as it could have for a first performance. There were a few minor incidences with sound and set pieces, but they were hardly anything to cry over. It was really exciting to hear the audience engage in the show and laugh at all its wonderfully awkward or hysterically funny moments. From my post at Dog, I couldn't see the audience, so I had to rely on what the Jeffs in the booth told me. Every once in a while they would laugh at a certain person's reaction to a certain line. It was great.

What I could see from my post at Dog.

Colorful backstage lights!

My favorite part of the show was probably when I watched scenes 8 and 9 from the catwalk. I needed to be up there for the transition so I could lower the chandelier. Once I was done with that I just lay on my stomach and watched. Lemme just say that watching a show from up there is SO COOL. If you come see the show tonight and look up at that time, I will wave at you!
After we finished, there was a good 20 minutes of mild chaos. Why? Well, the Torn Ticket II show was scheduled to perform right after us, and we needed to clear our stuff out of the way while they set their stuff up. For a while there were two sets of stage managers and assistant stage managers running around and around backstage. I packed up my stuff and left Dog at exactly 9pm, just when the backstage lights went dark. I then joined the rest of the FFF crew (all decked out in their new shirts) in the seats reserved for us in section 3. And then we all sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the show. (Which was FANTASIC, btw.)

Tonight, we do it all over again. I hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day Seven - Best lines.

This show has a ton of really great lines. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • They asked me to. In the mail. They didn't sneak in the yard and throw rocks.
  • Anyway, time travel.
  • Like a bobsled team.
  • Hubba and again hubba.
  • Well this is still off campus, only now its sort of eternally off.
  • Hey woah yes ouch wow!
  • I don wanna party any more.
  • Your ma has a branch office in ya head that opens at the weirdest times.
  • For flowerpots?
  • I'll probably find his rifles and fishing tackle in her dresser drawers!
  • There were waltzes on the radio!
  • I need humanwear.
  • What if I'm shutting myself out of everything I don't know about forever and don't even know it?
  • Thanks for the crocus bulbs!
Trust me, there are more. But I don't want to give away too much... :P

Day Seven - Last rehearsals..in pictures!

Picture posts are the best, right?

My ASM post at Dog.

Prop table and vanity at Dog. Yes, that is a real donut. It tastes good.

Costume command center at Dog.

Cole choreographs the curtain call. D'awww!

My notes. Many notes.

This is from the grid above the stage.
That big black thing is the chandelier.

Cole is a beast. Jeff R. observes...smugly?

I don't know what Abbie is doing but it is hilarious. Also Jeff is on the table.

This is the view that Jeff sees from the booth.

Settin' up the lights!

Actors walk around in circles while Cole talks to them and do warm-up things.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day Seven - Two Dresses, One Day.

Last full day of rehearsal. Yikes.
The task today? Complete two dress rehearsals with all the props, set pieces, costumes, makeup, hairstyles, lights and sound.
Did we accomplish this goal? Yes. Yes we did. But how did we do it?

9am: I pull up at the art gallery door behind the Aidekman Arts Center with all my gear, only to find most of the cast and quite a few of the crew waiting outside to be let in because the building is locked on Saturdays...

9:10-9:40: Presets! ALL OF THEM! With the help of Cole, Jeff and Kyle (big strong men who can carry heavy things like couches), I set up all the set pieces and props at the appropriate voms. This process is especially tricky in an arena stage because there are FIVE entrances, not just two. Thankfully, there were only two areas (Dog and Charlie) that actually needed special tables for the props. Other than that it was mostly furniture. So. Much. Furniture. Since dress rehearsals are supposed to simulate real performances, I also set out real food for scene 2 (burger and donut). Lastly, I went up to the catwalk and pulled up the chandelier so it would be out of the way until it was needed for scene 9.

While I was doing all this, other people were doing their many jobs: Actors were makeup-ing and dressing and warming-up, lights and sound were getting their systems up and running, and designers were making small adjustments to their designs.

9:40 - 9:50: Kyle P. and I sweep the stage LIKE A BOSS.

10:20am: I set the stage for scene one, and we BEGIN THE RUN! During the run, we operate under show conditions, meaning that we don't stop no matter what. In our first run, I payed attention to prop and furniture placement, and making sure the actors knew who was bringing what on when. I even put up a giant TRANSITIONS list up at every vom just in case...

11:50ish: The run is complete! Everyone quickly helps me get all the props and such off stage quickly so that the cast of the TTII O-Show can use the space as soon as possible.

Noon: Post-dress rehearsal pstaff meeting. There was much talk of sound levels, minor prop changes, and timing of lights. Also, Jeff sat on the table.

12:30-1pm: I head over to Dewick with Jeff R., Cole, and Tucker for lunch. This was when Cole ate two buffalo patties and a plate of fries in 2.5 minutes, JUST so he could get back to rehearsal in the Hangar in time. What a champion. (No, he didn't throw up afterwards...)

1-1:45: Notes! I got to give the actors notes! It was very exciting, but mostly just things like "you bring on this, this will be here, where do you want this, etc."

1:45-3: Run-throughs of the first few scenes, just to kick out the kinks and stuff. Also Cole choreographed the adorable curtain call. It is adorable.

3-4: Everybody BACK TO THE THEATER for the Second Dress Rehearsal!! Woo!!! Same stuff as before, pretty much. I have gotten to the point where I just know where stuff goes and so I don't need to consult my list much anymore. That makes things easier.

4-5:30: Dress rehearsal numbah two! It goes even more smoothly than the first! We also had our photo call during this rehearsal, so now there are nice pictures. YAY!

5:30-5:45: Clean-up. AGAIN! Everything got put away to make space for the other show, once again.

5:45-6pm: Pstaff meeting #2. More notes and fixes. Everyone is happy and in a good place going into the first performance tomorrow. Woot.

Day Seven - Meet the Actors!

Finally you get a chance to hear (um..read?) for yourselves all about the cast's experience on this show! Huzzah!

First off, years and majors!
Kyle - Religion and English, A'11
Alexa - English and Communication and Media Studies, A'11
Eliza - Drama, A'11
Nora - International Relations, A'13
Tucker - Child Development, A'11
Kevin - Archaeology and Drama, A'11

1. What is your favorite role/scene?
Eliza: I love the wedding scene. Honestly, I've always wanted to portray the obnoxious party guest that everyone hates.
Tucker: Existential Jersey Shore (scene 5)
Alexa: My favorite role to play is Beth. She's shallow, silly, and self-absorbed, but SO much fun to portray. My favorite scene to do is probably scene 4, which is surprising since it's the one we girls have had the most trouble with. But even though it's awkward and hard to handle, it's also emotional and real. The incredibly different ways that these three women handle having their hearts and lives broken by the same man and how they come together for each other really gets to me.
Nora: I love playing Sarah, the awkward college girl in Scene III. On-stage fights, tears, and laughs are all great, but getting to be super awkward for a scene can be so satisfying. It's something we avoid in real life, and yet I relish it onstage.
Kyle: I love playing Bernard in Scene 6, because I love eating frosting.

2. What is your favorite line (yours or someone else's)?
Eliza: "I don't wanna pahty anymoe"
Tucker:"You can't throw two cats in a bag."
Alexa: One of my favorite lines is in scene 3 when Kit greets Sarah, awkwardly blurting out, "HI SARAH GEE GREAT NIGHTGOWN YOU LOOK SICK ARE YOU OKAY IT'S GREAT TO SEE YOU." This is less because the line is funny and more because Tucker makes the world's greatest facial expressions. Also, every line in scene 5. All of the lines.
Nora: Hey, whoa, yes, ouch, wow! - Jill (I just can't stop saying it! It works as an exclamation in any of the settings in which you would use one of those words. Just add the other four on!)
Kyle: "Oh my God, and, please, angels--"...Eliza is hilarious.

3. Which scene has been the hardest to work on? / What was your biggest challenge this week?
Eliza: Definitely scene 4. All three of the characters in that scene aren't really expressing what they're truly feeling and it's one big awkward mess. It has gotten a lot better in the past couple days though -- plus it's sweet to wear slippers and a cozy bath robe on stage.
Tucker: Keeping a straight face when Kevin pantomimes peeing all over the floor.
Alexa: All of the girls will probably have the same answer as me: scene 4. It's based on awkward interactions and hiding real feelings, so it's easy to fall into the trap of slowing the pace or taking incredibly long pauses. We had to learn how to keep the realism of the scene while also accounting for theatricality - keeping up energy, active blocking, etc.
Nora: Like my other sisters, Scene Four was definitely a process. I really needed to find a balance between the guarded territorial comments (AKA bitchy retorts) in this scene and the more genuine, affable remarks that lead the audience to believe these characters are slowly becoming friends towards the end of the scene.
Kyle: Scene 8 is/was difficult for me. Working on a more dramatic scene in the midst of so many other comedic ones can be a bit of a downer. The character I play is very cordial with Clay, the other character, which means he's concealing how he really feels about a lot of things. Trying to balance his most honest intentions and thoughts against how he hides his emotions presents a challenge. Plus, I'll be in my underwear and I have a farmer's tan. So glad people will be seeing that...

4. What is it like to have such a short rehearsal process?
Eliza: I love it. I think shows should always work like this. But that also has to do with the fact that I hate the drawn out rehearsal process that most shows go through. With just a week to get the show together you really have dig deep and spend every second of rehearsal getting to know your characters. I also love being off book the moment you step into the rehearsal process -- it's so much easier to explore your character and the scene when you're not concentrating on a page.
Tucker: Exhausting, but also invigorating. But also exhausting.
Alexa: I have to say that I'm shocked by how little stress there was with this process. Of course it's been tiring and we've all worked long hours, but there hasn't been any of the craziness that I expected from such a compacted process. I think a big part of this is that absolutely everyone involved was right on the ball from the very start. Cole had a clear vision, Jeff and Abby keep in constant contact and never let anything get past them, actors knew their lines and intentions, etc.
Nora: Really fun!! And still, challenging. (Cheesy, but true.) I think the difficulty of such a short process is the ability of an actor to know every scene backwards and frontwards. If you have a rehearsal process that lasts for a few months, you know the show like the back of your hand. After a week, it feels at times like you're still discovering and unlocking parts of the script you hadn't recognized before. And yet, such a short process feels incredibly rewarding. For me, performing is like the reward at the end of months of work. With this show, it was only a week before we found our reward!
Kyle: Fun. Not stressful, and fun. Cole, the p-staff, and the other actors made it pretty enjoyable. Sometimes I'm sleepy though... I've really enjoyed being off-book for the whole process, too, because it makes it easier to do whatever-the-hell I want to do onstage from day one. With that out of the way, the rest is just (sometimes serious) playing.

5. What was your first reaction to the play? What do you think of it now?
Eliza: Honestly? I hated it. I was so excited for the show we originally decided on, and it was a big disappointment when I found out that we couldn't do it. However, FFF has definitely grown on me. I like that we get to play so many different characters, and I definitely think the audience will be able to connect with these scenes.
Tucker: I was a bit nervous at first because it seemed a little flat when I read it on the page, but now I think it's hilarious. Everybody really brought the script to life.
Alexa: To be perfectly honest, I didn't understand the play after my first reading. I enjoyed all of the scenes individually but I didn't get how the play came together as a whole. What really made things click for me was when Cole and the design teams explained their vision of having the stage parallel the collection of memories, junk, friendships, and emotional baggage that comes with living. It helped to connect the scenes and tell a story. Now that I fully understand the central themes and underlying messages, I think the play is actually a beautiful representation of how we live our lives and the things we pick up along the way that stick with us, even if we don't know it.
Naturally, when I found out we had to select a new show, I was extremely disappointed. I was so excited by my previous role, and I considered it such an excellent fit, that I couldn't help but think that whatever new role I would have, it couldn't possibly be as demanding and rewarding a characterization to explore. Now, I am thrilled with this show. It is such an excellent fit for a college audience. College (for me at least) is equally about creating friendships as it is about pursuing academic achievement. Here, people discover the manner in which they relate to others, and they forge friendships that will lead to bridal parties and reunions that happen 30 years from now.
Kyle: I hated the script, to be perfectly honest. But once I heard people read it, I liked it more. I often react that way to plays though, though--I hate them until I hear them read. This one just gets more wonderful every day. Now I think it's hilarious and sometimes wonderful.

6. What is your favorite memory from rehearsals this week?
Tucker: I
t was really sweet when everybody sang to me on my birthday. Also learning how to do make-up was a real doozy.
Alexa: There have been several gems during this process, but the one that keeps coming back to me actually happened today, at the very end of our first dress rehearsal. We were all exiting through Able while the amazing Beatles song "With A Little Help From My Friends" played, and we promptly ruined the moment by breaking into Justin Bieber's "Baby" while Eliza bounced her pregnancy suit.
Nora: On Friday, we are all just completely exhausted. I myself was running on three hours of sleep. We were passed out on the floor of the Hangar, so we did an energy warm-up. Everyone danced full-tilt to "Hello" by Martin Solvieg and Dragonette, which is the BEST song for dancing. (IMHO) (Pictures HERE)
Kyle: We ran lines one morning, and everyone was somewhat comatose. Sometimes things sound funnier when someone says them with her face in the carpet.

7. Do you have any advice for freshmen interested in acting?
Eliza: 1) Audition for everything, and 2) along with auditioning for show, audition for other theatrical groups at Tufts (CheepSox, Hype, The Institute, Trunk, etc). It's my biggest regret.
Tucker: Go for it!
Alexa: CHECK THE CALLBOARD. Want to act? Sign up for auditions. Want to direct? Talk to current directors of shows to see if they can guide you or take you on as an assistant. Same with stage managers, lighting design, costuming, etc. It won't come to you, you have to make yourself known and put yourself out there. All of the information and who to contact is on that board.
Nora: Go for it. If you see a show, a role, or a concept that fascinates you, commit! If you go into the audition with an outlook that is fully focused on committing to the process and character, you will show the director that you can take chances with your acting.
Kyle: Just do it. Don't be scared. I know too many people who waited until later in college and regretted that they hadn't started earlier. So do it early, do it often. And even if you have to hold a script or notecards or a teddy bear in your hand while you audition, you should still give it try.

8. How do you feel going into performances tomorrow?
Eliza: Psyched.
Tucker: Super excited. It's been a wild week and everybody has put in a ton of work. I think it will be a really fun show.
Alexa: Incredibly excited and surprisingly prepared! That was lame, but it's true.
Nora: Nervous! I'm always nervous. But I'm mostly just excited to meet all of the individuals interested in joining 3Ps in this upcoming year. That's everyone from freshman through seniors!! Late 3Ps arrivals are often the most surprising and refreshing wellspring of talent.
Kyle: Well, it's today for me, since I wrote this late. And I feel pretty pumped. We've had a week and we have a show! And I feel prepared. And ready to let it run! And and and...

9. Why did you decide to audition for the O-Show?
I got into theater at Tufts a little late in the game and am trying to pack in as much of it as possible, so the O-show seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so. And I am so glad I auditioned.
Alexa: First and foremost because I love acting and theater, so the sooner I get to get back into it from a summer of nothing but work, the better. Secondly, I really liked the play that was proposed and particularly wanted to play one of the characters. Thirdly, I had worked with Cole previously when he assistant directed "Assassins," a musical from last fall that I was in, and he was widely regarded by the cast and crew as being amazing, so I wanted a chance to work on a show that he himself directed.
Nora: I was the costume designer for last year's 3Ps O-Show, "The Nerd," and I saw how much my friends in the cast just ADORED this process, and I thought: "I want to do that!" So I auditioned. And I'm incredibly glad that I did.
Kyle: I did it two years ago and had an awesome experience. I wanted to do it again, and I'd only heard wonderful things about Cole... so, why not? Plus, I like to take any acting opportunity that comes along. It's a chance to grow and learn, no matter what. And did I mention it's fun?

10. What is it like to act in the arena?
The arena is awesome. I've never been in a space like it before. It makes the action feel very dynamic and exciting.
Alexa: It's an odd transition at first, going from the proscenium stage that most high schools use to acting in the round. But you get used to it, and it's a valuable experience.
Nora: It's definitely a venue that requires an adjustment from prior experience in a proscenium theater, but it's an amazing versatile space. The way this theater can be transformed is incredibly unique: we can do everything from genuine theater in the round, to a thrust stage that emerges from the seats of a reconfigured Section 3 or 4. It allows for a level of creativity that is lacking in a standard proscenium setting. Also, I think the challenge that it presents to directors really attracts those directors who can really problem solve and adapt, two traits which are amazingly helpful in a director.
Kyle: It's a little like standing in a fishbowl--the audience is all around me and they look at it (kind of) from above. I feel free to go about my business. It's a more personal experience than a proscenium stage, and sometimes scarier. We get a certain amount of liberty that a more traditional stage doesn't allow, as well as some restrictions.

11. If you could say one thing to the audience members RIGHT NOW, what
would it be?
Tucker: My voice in scene 5 is my actual voice. All the rest of the play I'm doing an accent.
...Please laugh?
Nora: Laugh a bunch?
Kyle: Please pay no attention to my farmer's tan. Or. Do. Don't. Now it's on your mind so you'll definitely think about it. That's how that works, right?

12. Have you acted in anything else at Tufts?
Eliza: I was in Six Characters in Search of an Author my freshman year, the directing II one-acts, Kiss Me Kate my sophomore year, and some student directed movies here and there... and then I dropped off the face of the Drama scene when I joined the Ultimate Frisbee team and went abroad. But I'm BACK! and still playing Ultimate :)
Tucker: Yes, I was in the Tufts Writers Showcase and the Directing II One Acts last spring.
Alexa: Yep, far too many to list them all, but some of the more major ones were: Yerma (Yerma), Sara Jane Moore (Assassins), Sylvia (Sylvia), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors). I also worked backstage on a few shows as an assistant stage manager and a spot-op.
Nora: This is my first straight play at Tufts! Recently, in my musical theater pursuits, I've been the Proprietor (Assassins), Godmother (Cinderella), and Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors). I also am incredibly passionate about costume design, and I will be the designer for this fall's Torn Ticket II production of "Merrily We Roll Along." Audition, please!!
Kyle: Why, yes, I have! I was most recently in Arabian Nights, the spring faculty show, as an assortment of characters. Other roles I've played here include Macbeth in Macbeth, Calisto/Calindor/Theogenes (It's really one part, but it's complicated) in Tony Kushner's adaptation of The Illusion, and Joseph "Old Man" Strong in Urinetown. There are others. There are lots of opportunities to act here, so I'm telling you, SEIZE THEM!

13. Anything random you would like to add?
Tucker: The cannibal was late to the luncheon. They gave him the cold shoulder.
Nora: "I'm scared, I don't wanna pahty anymore."
Kyle: My feelings. I have lots of feelings.