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Gillian Rehearsals (and the DVD)

By • Sep 13th, 2007 • Category: To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

Listen to us discuss rehearsals of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday at Port City Playhouse [MP3 2:44 1.3MB].

Laura: This is the podcast for Thursday, September 13, 2007.

Mike: This week we attended another rehearsal of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday at the Port City Playhouse.

Laura: I think this show is really coming together well. We again just sat and watched. Sara Joy the director was asking questions of the characters. The characters were asking questions about who they’re playing. It’s really starting to come together.

Mike: We are still very early in the rehearsal process. They’ve only had about 4 rehearsals so far. We’ve attended two plus the read through. The people are starting to discover who they are, who their character is. It’s been a lot of fun to watch that happen.

Laura: On Tuesday they starting working on things like remembering to use their upstage hand and not turning their back to the audience.

Mike: They are also struggling with some of the blocking. It turns out that at the theater that Port City uses, once they get the set designed and built, they have to move it off the stage and store it in the backstage area during the day. They have to move it every time they put it up. That’s going to be a hassle. I just never knew that.

Laura: Something else we did the other night was we rented the DVD of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday so we could watch it and compare it to the play. The play is much better!

Mike: Oh my gosh. The movie is so bad. You don’t even need to watch it. Save your $3.50 or whatever it costs you at Blockbuster. We got it through Netflix, but there is no reason to get that movie. It was such a bad movie.

Laura: Everyone was kind of flat. It was bad. It had some good moments. We were sitting there and I remember some of the lines from the play, but I think the play is much better at developing the characterizations.

Mike: I think in the movie they tried to expand on the visuals, but they didn’t really need to. In the play version you don’t need the visuals of a sand castle contest. Or speeding down the highway or the teen party. We don’t want to give anything away if you haven’t seen the play. You don’t need to see the movie. The play is much better.

Laura: So we look forward to our next rehearsal of To Gillian on her 37th Birthday.

Mike: If you have any questions that you’re curious about the show or suggestions for things we should ask the cast and crew about the show, just send us an email.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

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