Hidden in This Picture

Loved reading through Aaron Sorkin’s Hidden in This Picture, I am not much of a fan reading through scripts by myself, but with a small cast (this text is a cast of four) it is much easier to follow, and this play in particular had me laughing out loud many times!

When Andy and I met this morning he had read through Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, so when I read through it cold with him I could feel his eyes on my reaction. I was also unprepared for the seven page monologue! Andy had me read the part of Jerry because of the numerous lines (Andy is one of the lead characters in Loco Show Co.’s production of Our House), but I thoroughly enjoyed the role right to the end. If this is to be the text we use then I think the casting is solid.

Before the meeting this evening I attended an audition workshop. It was aimed at those considering a career in musical theatre, but some of what we learnt is applicable to any audition. Sight-reading for instance, it is very tempting to look down at the script in hand when relaying the lines and it can quickly become a habit, as opposed to logically holding up the text nearer to eye level, and that way your head does not drop allowing you to act. It seems simple, but out of the near twenty of us in attendance, only three thought to do that, not including myself.

At the meeting with our module leaders we spoke with them about the choices of scripts we have, and the struggle to acquire a copy of Jannuzzi’s A Bench at the Edge. When deciding upon which script to perform, we need to look at the pros and cons of each text and justify the direction of the piece. What are we trying to do with it and why? Think about the logistics of the performance space and the audience. Between company members it is never a case of saying “no” to someone, only an idea; an idea can only move forward if the whole company accepts it. Meetings for the module will continue fortnightly.

TJM

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