Whew. Week three of six. Oh boy. Wasn’t it just a couple days ago that I posted the cast list for The Christmas Heist? My plan was to regularly document the behind the scenes of the production, and I have been recording interviews & behind the scenes footage these past three weeks and sharing photos on Facebook but… let’s just say I slipped here.
To be fair, we can blame Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 has all but monopolized my free hours at home. For the director of a show about outsiders who read comics, play D&D and play video games… you can see how this might be a problem.
That being said, we’ve got a couple long weekends ahead of us (play practice this Thursday is taken over by the HSHS production of North Woods Nonesense, next week, of course, is Thanksgiving) so I’ll be finally editing together a bunch of behind the scenes videos.
I have to tell you, after auditions and that first week, we were… worried, to say the least. With essentially half a cast, we were scraping barrel bottoms to pull people from, calling in favors like no tomorrow. Then we lost a cast member due to some unfortunate circumstances.
In spite of some VERY good early rehearsals, the flow of the show had been missing. I’ll talk in more detail about this in some of the videos, but let’s just say our assistant director and producer Betsy Savage spent quite a bit of time on stage filling in while we brought in the rest of the cast one by one. Despite her (admittedly good & fair) suggestions, I remained incredibly stubborn and uncompromising about who we cast, and although I’m sure she was pulling her hair, I’m glad we stuck it out. With the cast we have, and between the November 12 rehearsal and this past Monday and Tuesday rehearsals, I’m not only not worried, I’m really excited to see this in its fully-fledged format, and even MORE excited for everyone else to.
Keep your eye on Skeeter Bite Productions this weekend for behind the scenes interviews & footage!