Well the show I am in at the Village Playbox opens this Friday which means that Tech Week has already started. For those of you who are not involved in theater, Tech Week (also known as Hell Week) is the week before the show opens where all the “technical” stuff happens. This is when we rehearse in costumes, use all the correct props, and all the technical props are in working order–such as phones and door bells ringing, lights turning on and off, and whatever additional behind the scenes technical wizardry is required. Rehearsals are usually much longer and require the working out of all the bugs so that when we open, all the technical stuff goes off without a hitch. Well, at least we hope it will…
I have to say that this is one of the best casts I’ve worked with in a long time and that is no reflection against any previous shows that I’ve worked on because I’ve been in some dynamite casts previously. And I know that everyone thinks that their current show is the best ever show and that the current cast is the best ever cast but these guys really are a talented bunch of actors. So here is my take on what I know about my fellow co-stars.
Marti Palmieri – Marti has been doing shows at the Village Playbox for quite some time now and I had the pleasure of first working with her in the Playbox’s production of What If… She really enjoys acting and jumps into every role with all her energy, and that makes working with her on stage a lot of fun. (and sorry, Marti, for accidentally deleting your section of this post.)
Steve Allen – What can I say about Steve that hasn’t been already said? (and is safe to print in a PG rated blog) Just kidding. Steve is known throughout our region of local community theaters as both an actor and a director. I’ve never been directed by Steve but I’ve had the pleasure of working with him in Mary, Mary and Arsenic & Old Lace. Steve is the comsumate leading man–an every man’s everyman so to speak. He’s a real talent and it’s always a privilege to work on stage with him.
Dina Spadaro – This is my first show with Dina and I am really happy to have met her. She has a natural talent that carries onto the stage. Even when we were first reading our lines to the show, she had the ability to sound like she was just talking and not reading from a script at all. Now I know you are all thinking that being natural is the whole point behind acting, but that is not something that always comes quickly. While most of us were stumbling through the script and still sounding as if we were reading from the script (because we were), she glided through her lines as if she was making them up as she went along. That’s real talent.
Karen & Marcus Roorda – Karen and Marcus are a husband and wife acting team. I first met Karen when I was in the Playbox’s production of Mary, Mary. (My first show with Marcus was What If… and Karen was in that show too.) I think Karen was doing theater before Marcus and somehow he got bitten by the acting bug, too. Karen is outgoing and vivacious and Marcus is a little reserved, until you get to know him and then all bets are off. They are extremely talented, very attractive, and just about the nicest couple I know. Doesn’t that make you sick? Isn’t that just adorable?