ROCKY REHEARSAL PM
NOTE: DORRIE ROBBINS WILL BE ABSENT 19th JUNE – SHOW NITE.
‘Monsters In Disguise’ – Hazel O’Connor
ROCKY HORROR STAGE MANAGER NOTES.
FULL CAST RUN-THROUGH.
SIMON LEWIS LEFT AT 3.30PM FOR AN EXAM – WE HAD BEEN INFORMED IN ADVANCE. HE RETURNED AT 6PM.
RUN-THROUGH NOT AT ALL SMOOTH – UNPOLISHED + SHODDY. TOO MUCH SLACKING + MESSING ABOUT FROM THE CAST, NONE OF WHOM PORTRAYED FULL CHARACTERS. COMMITMENT TO TECHNIQUE AND PERFORMANCE SEEMS TO HAVE EBBED AWAY TO ALMOST NOTHING – WITHOUT EXCEPTION. THEY ALL SEEM TO TREAT REHEARSALS AS UNIMPORTANT, WHICH IS BIZARRE.
NIGEL CAMERON CONTINUOUSLY LOOKS ANYWHERE + EVERYWHERE, EXCEPT THE PLACES HE OUGHT TO BE LOOKING. HE SEEMS TO SPEND MOST OF A RUN WATCHING THE DIRECTOR’S FACE TO SEE IF HE’S PLEASED RATHER THAN ON BEING THE CHARACTER HE’S PLAYING.
THE WORST OFFENDERS FOR CONCENTRATION ARE: Nigel Cameron, Jamie Davenport and Julian Ward.
THE MOST FOCUSSED PERFORMERS ARE: Darren Marsh and Jolene Morse.
THE CAST HAVE ALSO BEEN SMOKING IN THE COLLEGE THEATRE, WHICH IS INTOLERABLE AS IT IS A ‘NO SMOKING’ AREA.
SALLY WATSON: ‘I FIND THE HABIT OF SMOKING DURING REHEARSALS EXTREMELY OFF-PUTTING. IT CREATES AN UNCOMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT TO WORK IN – ESPECIALLY AS IT’S A NO SMOKING AREA…’
I SECOND THAT.
THERE WAS NO MEDICAL OFFICER ON DUTY WHEN ONE MEMBER OF THE CAST FAINTED AT 6PM. SHE WAS REVIVED AND LOOKED AFTER BY MARCO DI-FONZO. THE COLLEGE NURSE EVENTUALLY ARRIVED 15 MINUTES TOO LATE.
As you can see, at the last minute I have stepped in to assist Daniel Abbott as his Stage Manager on ROCKY HORROR (even though The Rocky Horror Show is totally against my sartorial religion).
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Next time: ‘Secret Ceremony…’