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Gillian Character Development

By • Sep 26th, 2007 • Category: To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

Listen to us discuss character development during To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday rehearsals at Port City Playhouse [MP3 3:02 1.4MB].

Mike: This is the ShowBizRadio podcast for September 25, 2007.

Laura: We are continuing the shadowing of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. We have been to a couple rehearsals this week.

Mike: One of the rehearsals we went to actually took place on the stage where they will be performing the show. The set designer and the director met and talked about how things will be laid out. They had masked out on the floor using tape the outlines of the building that they are going to build. That helped the actors it seemed because they actually knew approximately where they were going to be. Sara Joy was able to sit out in the audience and work on the blocking from the perspective of the audience.

Laura: Then on Sunday we met at a community center in Mount Vernon and did a costume session with the costume designer Jamie Bartosavage Erdman. Then spent the rest of the time doing character development. It was really interesting.

Mike: This was fascinating to watch. Sara Joy asked each of the performers about their character. They had to answer as their character. Things like what’s your character’s last name. Or why do you blank. I’m not going to give any of the plot points away in the show. She wrote down all the answers and then afterwards she pointed out that this person said they’d been married for twenty years and his wife said they had only been married for fifteen so we’ll need to figure that out to get things in sync. And there were a few factual mistakes that some of the actors had made, since the script is the actual correct answer. A lot of these questions didn’t have answers like last names.

Laura: It was really interesting watching these characters because it showed that a lot of them had put real thought into their characters and had a whole entire backstory all prepared and it really helped enhance the characters. You got to know a little about what they were thinking and some of the actions that they were doing and why they were doing them.

Mike: Something else they were talking about a lot when they were doing the costuming process. They talked about the color scheme of each character. Everybody has a color assigned to them. That’s one of those things we usually don’t think about when we are watching a show or thinking about the colors that are with each person.

Laura: A lot of our reviews that’s really nothing we have talked about because unless there is something glaringly wrong about it, most of the shows we’ve been to the costumes have fit so we haven’t mentioned them.

Mike: It was a very informative afternoon watching thee cast and crew come together on To Gillian on Her 37th birthday. The show opens in little over a month, the first weekend in November.

Laura: Mike and I will be back next week with another podcast about the shadowing process of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday.

Mike: And now, on with the show.

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