Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Our First Show Image

Check out our first show image, once again designed by Ben Wood.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

STUCK In A Patrick Stewart Ad

Here is our ad designed by Ben Wood that will be appearing in local science fiction convention programs.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


We are proud to present the cast list for the world premiere production of STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR WITH PATRICK STEWART by Brandon Taitt:

Patrick Stewart: George Calger
Daniel Jimmies: Brandon Caviness
Neil: Phillip Schramm
Jake: Andrew Thews
Theresa: Alyssha Rose Jordan
David/Convention Guest: Max Lorei
Debbie/Convention Guest: Camille Smith
Dr. Who Attendee: Joel Thingvall

Directed by Kevin T. Houle
Stage Manager: Karen Hokenson

Friday, May 3, 2013

What, Me Worry?

As I stood and looked out the window this morning, I wondered if the fact that it was snowing on May 3rd was the cause of my anxiety. But, as annoying as this seemingly never-ending winter weather has become, I knew my roller-coaster feelings of confidence and dread were because auditions for STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR WITH PATRICK STEWART are just two days away.

The anxiety isn't for a lack of preparation, though. Brandon has done a hell of a job securing locations for both auditions and callbacks, he's printed audition forms and information sheets, we've both been saturating our social media feeds with the audition announcement, and I've got some strong images of the type of actors I want for the roles. We're ready to go. So, why worry? Because I have absolutely no idea how many actors will show up for auditions. And that scares me.

Casting is one of my favorite parts of the directing process. I always seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to choosing which actors to use for a production and I tend to cast shows very quickly. But this one is going to be tricky: there are a couple of specific character types that are going to require a certain look and demeanor; a couple of the characters have a short contest trying to identify lines written by Shakespeare, so the ability to speak and communicate that language will be important; the male-to-female ratio of the roles is about 90%/10%. And since there's really no way of knowing who or how many people will audition, I'm a bit worried.

I have a lot faith in Brandon's script and I'm confident it's going to make for an entertaining piece of theatre. But, if nothing else, theatre is a collaborative art form, and I want nothing more than to have a variety of strong actors to choose from who can help us realize our vision. I've already put some feelers out to a few actors I know who I think would be good contributors to the show, but I haven't had much luck getting any commitments or interest in auditions. So, I don't know if three people or fifty people will show up. This kind of uncertainty is present for every audition, of course. But since Brandon and I are both Minnesota Fringe Festival 'virgins,' we want to make a good impression with this show and take advantage of the reputation the Fringe has built up over the years by producing and staging a worthy production. I think it goes without saying that we need good actors to help us do just that.

Admittedly, worrying about auditions attendance isn't very rational, and we'll certainly deal with a shortage of actors if the situation arises. But, while my passion for the project gives me hope, my fear of not seeing both quantity and quality at auditions gives me pause. Hopefully, that internal struggle won't continue past Tuesday. They were right when they said, "All drama is conflict." I just want to keep it contained onstage and not have it be an issue before we even get there.