This is a guest post by Marian B. I was not present because I was traveling — first on vacation, then at Mythcon, which you can read all about here.Thanks, Marian, for taking notes in my absence!
August 4th, in the year of the LORD 2014, we faithful gathered in the absence of our fearless leader. S.G, A.L, E.G, H.W, J.F, J.H, and your humble scribe, M.B were in attendance. The evening started with a chapter reading of M.B’s novel.
E.G performed all her audition pieces; This was the last time before her audition at Sight and Sound. She began with the songs “Someday” and “I Could Have Dance All Night”. We all remarked how much E.G has improved. We discussed characterization and blocking. As William Mutimer states, “Solo pieces in musicals are just monologues on a sustained note and should be blocked as a monologue.”
Speaking of monologues, E.G performed both her monologues: Joan of Arc’s trial scene from Shaw’s play, and Mabel’s monologue from An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. A discussion of how the audition process will go ensued. We had a lengthy talk about her “Joan” monologue and how emotions should ebb and flow through a monologue.
J.H shared some cute little sketches drawn on a children’s etch-a-sketch with his eyes closed: “Baby Groot,” “The Mollea,” “Untitled: Like a Dragon,” “The Mad Tea-Party,” “The Joker and the Phoenix,” and “Hobgoblin.”
It was a rather small group and not everyone brought material to share, so M.B read another chapter of her novel. No one had many notes to give except “Finish the novel.”
The night concluded with some very informal karaoke (I’m sure all well-respected creative groups break into communal singing at some point in the course of their meetings) and then we parted as friends, looking forward to our next meeting when we shall share the fruit of our Three Day Novel labor(s).