I wish I had posted more but we have honestly either been seeing shows, working on our show, or sleeping. We have all been exhausted but it has been more than well worth it. On Tuesday, it was Amy’s last day of doing the show and Grant’s last day of covering another part as Troy and Michael arrived. We have had short rehearsals the past few days trying to the kinks out of our show. On the fourth day, we were lucky enough to have Chuck Ritchie and his wife Deirdre attend our show. It was so great to see them, and Chuck gave me a bit of advice on what he felt could have tied this international audience into the show more. So that next morning I wrote some new things in and work on them with the cast before the show. We found out that weather plays a role in our attendance because we only had about 14 people due to the rain (which the people at our venue said was a good amount of people on a nice day.) So today we are about to find out if our audience will be a bit more interactive.
The shows that we have been seeing have been extraordinary. I would like to write reviews on them for my own use sometime soon if I can find the time. All of the art we have seen has changed the way I look at theatre. Erin and I were talking about it last night, but I came into this project thinking that my goal would be to put on a great show and to get as many people as we can to come to our show. But things changes even when we got to London. Everyone we met was so incredibly nice to us! Then when we came to Edinburgh the same thing happened. When we were passing out flyers for our show, rather than trying to “one up” the person that is a few feet away from you doing the same exact thing, you just go up to him, talk to him, get to know him a bit, and do a switch where it’s “I’ll take yours if you take mine.”
With all of the genres of art and the community of artists we have been surrounded by it has been more than the largest arts festival in the world but the largest celebration of the arts in the world. Not a day has gone by where we haven’t laughed, been moved, been challenged, or been inspired. I came into this project as a student of Kent State and I now feel like I am leaving it an artist who is apart of larger community. A community that is supportive, looks towards the future, helps those in need, and will never stop growing.
For more street promotion, we were able to secure a spot on one of the stages on the Royal Mile! For this stage spot, everyone was walking around passing out fliers and Grant did magic. It was a great experience and we have photos to prove it!
Words can not describe. This day has held the emotions of a lifetime. We had a challenging tech rehearsal. (If you’ve seen our show you know that the light behind the cyc is rather important for our shadow puppetry.) Yeah well that light completely broke at the tech rehearsal. We had to use an actual desk lamp for the shadows, but it worked well enough for one show! Then we rehearsed late into the night with our only rehearsal. This means we had 0 time to advertise when the streets here are packed full of people advertising. We got up around 7:30 in the morning and kept rehearsing. I can not express the pride and gratitude I have for this cast. The fact that we could put this show up with 6 people and one rehearsal when the original show had 11 people and over a month to work. The show was amazing, out of no where we had a full house! No one has any clue how that happened. Our best reasoning was that it was due to “Grimm’s” being in the title and the quality of our posters. We saw a few shows for the rest of the day and simply had the best time in the city.
To start out, London was simply amazing! By far one of my favorite cities now. I can’t wait to go back and I would even consider looking into Grad Schools out here. The culture was so refreshing compared to our lives in America. We met so many nice people and had a ball! Yesterday will be a day that I will always remember as we got to go to my favorite football (Soccer ; )) team’s pub. It is ranked one of the best in the world. It was jam packed and a lot of fun! We didn’t get to see the game because we had to get on the train to come up to Edinburgh. The train ride was a nice time to rest as it was a good 5 hours. When we arrived we met up with my awesome mother who has helped me so much in all of the planning and preparing for this trip and my amazing girlfriend, Erin, who I hadn’t seen in four months because she was performing on a cruise ship in Europe. It is great to have both of their support in being here and Erin is going to be helping us record the trip as well!
Today is the busiest day out of the trip. Here’s the schedule:
Anna arrived at 10. / Rehearsal 12-1. / Walk to Venue 1:30-2. / Meet and Greet 2-2:30/ Gather props, food, and start advertising 3-5. / Relax 5-5:45. / Tech 6:30- 8. / Rehearse 9- the show is ready go up!
As you could guess I am using my relaxing time to type this. I really want to thank everyone who is following this blog because you have all been so supportive and the cast along with myself are being fueled right now simply off of excitement, positivity, and all of your support! We have to get going to tech, but I hope to post again after rehearsal tonight!
Also the house is spectacular. I don’t know how we got so lucky!
Chris purchasing his props at a candy shop in London!
I’ve spent the day packing up and saying my goodbyes to people around Kent. Later tonight a few of us will be heading up to Scott’s house in Strongsville and then Scott, Grant, Taylor, Devin, Chris, Amy, and myself will be flying out to London for a few days of fun. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that it is finally hitting us that this is actually happening. After a year of planning and preparing our bags are pack and we are ready to go!