Spotlight on Morgaine Jovan, Rachel in GillianBy Laura & Mike Clark • Nov 6th, 2007 • Category: Backstage, Interviews, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
Listen to Mike interview Morgaine Jovan, who will be playing Rachel in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday [MP3 13:26 6.2MB].
Mike: This is Mike Clark with ShowBizRadio and I am talking wih Morgaine Jovan who is playing Rachel in Port City Playhouse’s production of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. Thanks for talking with me.
Morgaine: Thanks for talking to me.
Mike: So you’re playing Rachel. How does she fit in to the show with the title character of Gillian?
Morgaine: Rachel is Gillian’s daughter. I think she’s a pretty important part in the show because I think she is sort of the main reason that David realizes that he has to get over the death of his wife, that his daughter is standing there needing him the whole time and he doesn’t really realize it.
Mike: Is Rachel at all like you?
Morgaine: Actually no, not really. Not at all. Rachel is a very reserved character. She’s very quiet and I think a lot of that has to do with the death of her mom and the setting that she’s in now. She lives on an island where there’s not that much to do. There are not many places where you can go and develop yourself socially except for go to school. So no, I guess she’s not really like me. I’m the party animal. I definitely like to get out and talk to people and have a really great time. Rachel seems like the girl who would rather like to sit at home and chart the stars. We’re very different in that sense.
Mike: Your friend in the show, Cindy, has been at home spending time with your dad. Is she your closest fiend or how does she fit into things?
Morgaine: Well, yeah. We did a character workshop where we talked about everything. Me and Megan who plays Cindy came up with two really different ideas about how our relationship was. I figured she was my best friend. The girl I went to for everything and the girl with her light always on. Sort of the way that I’ve ben thinking about it is that, yeah, she’s my best friend and I’m a little shocked and iffy about our relationship now that I feel that I’m being used because she has been hanging out with my Dad and that’s kind of weird. It’s nothing that I’m used to. That’s also how Rachel is so different from me.
My relationship with my father is so different from hers. I guess me and Cindy, I figured the two of us are best friends. The way that we interact with each other. Just the fact that there’s a point in the show where she finds out who my crush is. She finds out his name. She takes time out of her busy schedule to go running with my father to find out the name of my crush and I think that’s something a best friend would do. It’s something that I would do for one of my best friends. So I think we have a really good close relationship that’s being interfered with by girly emotions and those raging hormones.
Mike: Have you learned a lot since you’re the youngest person in the cast?
Morgaine: Yes I am. I’ve definitely learned a ton. Not so much book learning. Learning terms that I’ve learned or things to do, like facing the audience or learning to project. This is the most amazing experience that I’ve had in my acting so far because I’ve just been in high school shows and I’ve done things at camp and stuff where you learn a lot about acting, but you don’t do a lot of acting. Sara Joy has been really great on giving a lot of leeway with what you want to do with your character, but she also kind of forces you to do certain things that help you out a lot. That make you see a lot of different things.
I’ve never really done the any of the things that we’ve done as a cast that we have done with other casts. We’ve never really sat down and done a workshop where we sit down and all talk about what we think our characters are. Who they are. So many different things that I am realizing you can do in acting that I love of course.
I’ve had no issues with this show at all, which is kind of weird. It’s kind of weird being home and my parents asking me how was rehearsal and I tell them it was good and them sit down to do my homework. Then they ask me if that’s all I have to say. They want to know who’s horrible, who’s messing up the entire show. What did your director scream at you today for? And I would say, “Oh, no, we just rehearsed. That’s all we did.” It’s been really great to learn that there are people out there who take acting seriously and aren’t out there just to put something on their resume or get some extra credit hours in school.
Mike: Is part of that because it’s a smaller cast than what you’re used to?
Morgaine: I think it’s great. I think that if I had just been thrown into this tiny cast atmosphere with out having been . . I was in a show this Summer where my cast was 12 people. I’ve sort of had experience with a smaller cast before and that was good. It kind of prepared me because before that it had been all the shows with 20-30 kids. I don’t know. I would like to say that it has something to do with it being a smaller cast, but I don’t think it does.
This summer I had just as many issues with certain people who were in the show. Not me having issues with them not as like people, but you just sort of stress out about how somebody’s going to do on opening night. I’m sure everybody was doing the same thing with me. I’m the youngest so I’m looking up to these people and saying, wow. If they don’t know what they’re doing they really look like it. They’re really good at faking it. I think the fact that they all seem so professional and experienced in what they have been doing and how everybody is. I just love my cast.
Mike: You look like you know what you’re doing. You’re definitely doing well.
Morgaine: I hope so. I hope I look like I know what I’m doing because half the time I feel like I don’t. Then there’s the other rehearsals where you come home and you’re just so happy with how you did and how everything worked out at rehearsal. Those are the best. It’s good that I can have those because there have been other shows that I’ve been in literally been none of those. If this is what the rehearsals are like I can’t imagine how great the show is going to be. I really can’t wait to see how that’s going to pan out.
Mike: Well once you get a set that will help, right?
Morgaine: Oh yeah. I’m so excited for the set. Sara keeps talking about it and how it’s going to look. She showed us a picture of it a few days ago. It is so exciting. The lighthouse is huge. It’s giant and the house is bigger than a real person. That’s really weird. I’m so excited to see that. The set really makes it feel real. It doesn’t feel real now. It just seem like I’m going somewhere after school to read lines to just do something fun. It doesn’t seem like work yet. It’s not hard yet so it doesn’t seem like I’m doing something outside of my normal everyday routine because it has kind of become that. I just kind of go and do my lines and talk on stage and have a good time. I don’t realize I’m going to be up in front of tons of people in a matter of weeks. I try to not think about that.
Mike: So, do you want to do acting as a profession?
Morgaine: Oh yeah. I would love to. Before, I thought about it last year and said that I’ve got to make money. Then I realized that I have to do what makes me happy. It’s pointless wasting my life doing something that I don’t enjoy and as of right now I can be good at other things, but this is something I really excel in and enjoy at the same time as much as acting. If I don’t become a professional actress. I’ve already learned that it’s not Broadway, Hollywood or nothing. I finally got that lesson which was really good. But if I don’t even get to act on stage for the rest of my life no matter what stage that may be, hopefully I’ll have something else going on in the acting profession. That’s what I’m really interested in. I’m doing the whole IB acting and I’m in the classes and it’s fun; it’s cool. But you actually have to go out there and do it to learn it.
Mike: How do you learn your lines?
Morgaine: It’s a much less painful process than people would think. This is the most rehearsal time than for any show I’ve ever done. We rehearse the scenes so much that they started to get in my head. After the second week I was reading the script and I just put it down and my friend picked it up and started reading it out loud and I found myself responding to the lines in the right places. I was saying what’s going on? How do I know these? I sort of caught on from rehearsal and then I knew that our lines were due on this one Sunday. I knew that the lines were going to be due on Tuesday and so I had my friend come over and I sat down and reading the script just just went through the whole show about three times.
I know that there’s nothing interesting about that at all, but I don’t know, just doing it I realized how much I had them down. There actually wasn’t that much work to be done on that Sunday with my friend, I knew pretty much all of it just from rehearsing it so that was really great. Then some nights every once in a while just to keep it in my head I’ll lay down before I go to sleep and read through the ones I really need to know and then the next morning I’ll wake up and it will have sunk into my head. I put my script under my pillow so I’m reading it in my sleep. That’s pretty much all I’ve done.
Mike: Everybody has a different way of doing it so that’s great.
Morgaine: I think it isn’t that hard for anybody in the show because the script is written so well. The lines flow really naturally and it’s not like you’re speaking in old English or something. The lines make sense. The last show I was in Australia 100 years ago so the language is totally different. Before that I was in Grease which was a 1950’s, but you wouldn’t believe how different the words are. They were crazy and it was hard to remember your lines because they don’t make any sense to you. These lines, even tough they say razors once (don’t go razors on me) that’s the only thing I didn’t understand in the entire script. The rest of it seemed like something that could definitely happen. It was spoken really well and it flowed really well. That’s what I love about the show.
Mike: Well, it opens up in about three and a half weeks or so.
Morgaine: I know. I try not to think about it. When I think about it I’ll grab the nearest person and be like, “I’m going on stage in two weeks. Oh my gosh.” And then they look at me with that get away from me you freak and walk away and I’m left there all by myself. There’s nobody to share my excitement with because there is nobody at school who is in the show with me so I can’t be all excited about it and talk to them about it and how I can’t wait for it to happen and everything that we’re going to do and how we’re going to go out and party after the first show. It’s just me kind of sitting at home by myself being all excited in solitude.
Mike: Ok, well thanks very much for talking with me today. I appreciate it.
Morgaine: No problem.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.