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Behind-the-scenes feautures a break-down of the 'back-stage' prcoess of 2014's USQ Production
Much A Do About Nothing.
Performed by the USQ 2014 Acting Company & Directed by Kate Murphy.
This Blog investigates
BEHIND THE SCENES
INTRODUCING DIRECTOR - KATE MURPHY
Last years Shakespeare in the Park Festival saw a contemporary rendition of A Winter’s Tale, directed by the dream team – Kate Murphy, Emily and Dave Burton. With mad-reviews and hyped audiences, fires were placed in Kate’s belly setting her sky-high and starry eyed, ready for next year’s Festival madness.
Next year quickly became this year, and before she could soak up the sunny-day thaw-out re-aclimitizing of Brisbane’s summer, the chills were creeping back, startling her warm-cuppa-comfort-reading-times with the new script, Shakespeare’s Much-a-do.
Much-a-do rehearsals set off in less than 3 weeks! Kate’s caffeine intake has sky-rocketed as the process edges closer…..and closer. The outbursts of laughter at the local coffee spot draws curious on-lookers as she madly makes her way through the ‘editing phase’ of the process.
The actors wind-up over the semester break ready for their auditions on the 21st of this month. They have clear instructions.
‘You have 10 minutes’
‘Do something different’
Lets see if the actors successfully create a mind melt…
PHASE 1: PREPARING FOR AUDITIONS
INTRODUCING TWO MEMBERS OF THE CAST - MYLES WADDEL & KATIE-JANE
CLICK THE IMAGES TO SEE THEIR LIVE INTERVIEW
In these audition blog's we chat to the actors about;
-The process they went through to prepare their auditions.
-The audtion itself and -
-Their reflections on the audition.
We wrap up the process by chatting to Kate about thought's, suprises & about ...
And there you have it folks - the Cast List.
INTRODUCING MITCH WOOD
WHO WRITES ON THE BLOG ABOUT ...
OR IN OTHER WORDS.... FIRST READS.
READING THE TEXT FOR THE FIRST TIME. KAPEISH?
First reads on Shakespeare plays are always …
It’s like the first encounter with that hot chick (or dude!) you’ve been crushing on for months – you have no idea what you’re hearing, most of the time you’re sitting there in awkward silence, and you certainly don’t know how it’s going to end.
I’m definitely no love-guru, but first encounters with chicks (OR DUDES!) are best treated as if you were reading a Shakespeare play for the first time. So:
1.Wipe off those sweaty palms (no one likes a soggy touch)
2.Take a drink of water (dry mouth sucks)
3.Clear your head, remove all expectation, and then let the experience fill your head again with as much knowledge, emotion and soul as possible!
….Read Shakespeare. Chicks dig Shakespeare… I think.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
We caught them off guard. Bombarded them. Demanded they give us a little insight into the character they will be playing in the upcoming festival. Let's see how much of these seedling interpretations stay .... And how much is completely transformed? FIND OUT BY WATCHING OUR ONLINE PRODUCTION OF MUCH-A-DO ABOUT NOTHING *COMING SOON.
" It took us about two hours to slowly make our way through the entire script of Much Ado About Nothing and it was so enthusing and hilarious I couldn’t wait to do it again! Luckily we did, just to get our head around all the crazy Shakespeare talk. We laughed, we discussed and we stumbled over words we had never heard of but we finally got an awesome idea of how magnificent this production is going to be."
PHASE 3: POST AUDITION INTERVIEW
IN THE BEGINNING ...
WELCOME TO THE BEGINING PHASE OF THE PRODUCTION
MUCH-A-DO ABOUT NOTHING
IN THIS SECTION YOU WILL FIND
PHASE 4: POST AUDITIONS
PHASE 2: AUDITIONS
In this interview Kate talks to the challanges she has set the actors, what she is expecting from them, their technical skills, some predicitions of casting.
If you are auditioning or after some tips for auditioning - listen out for the 'expectations & skills' that a director is looking for.
WELCOME TO INTERPRETING TEXT
IN THIS SECTION YOU WILL FIND
PHASE 4: FIRST READ: ALONE
PHASE 5: FIRST READ: CHARACTER INTERPRETATIONS
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PHASE 4: FIRST READ: ALONE.
PHASE 5: FIRST READ - CHARACTER INTERPREATIONS
MORE COMING SOON!