Stepping into Magic: an actor's journey…

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them" ~William Shakespeare

Native Gardens: From Page to Stage…

” I’ll catch any rose in my vase-shaped heart, then process it through my vascular system, until there’s nothing left.”—Will Advise proc·ess:(ˈpräˌses,ˈprōˌses)noun 1.a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.

For days we chewed on words, punctuation and phrases. Discovering events, action and objectives. Lines crossed out, added, edited. New pages with pencil marks and highlighted words. We’ve been walking upon the rehearsal room floor, with levels, doors, and borders designated by fluorescent spike tape. Scene by scene we lift the language off the page, aiming for fluency, buoyancy, pacing and connection. 

Our director, assistant director, stage manager and assistant stage manager create a safe, constructive and creative space for us to play. This process challenges memory, imagination, voice, breath and confidence. Our profession is to build worlds, create characters and tell stories. We begin in a rehearsal hall, first gathering around a table, then slowly getting on our feet, baby steps, stumbling and forging ahead towards the next big step: moving onto the stage… 

“We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”   —Tom Stoppard tran·si·tion:(tranˈziSH(ə)n,tranˈsiSH(ə)n)noun 1.the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

This weekend we have moved up into the Robert Marx theatre, in the next step of our production. We are walking on a beautifully designed set and facing out into a sea of 600+ seats where future audience members will complete our circle. Our voices have to reach further, our feet have to navigate real obstacles and we have to adjust our bodies for sightlines. Our creative leaders are further away and will soon be consumed with the technical aspects of our production (lights, sound, props, costume, transitions and pace) as we continue our journey in storytelling.  

Our hours are longer and the demands are stronger. Our stamina and resilience will be tested and our bonds will be strengthened. Our profession requires a million moving parts to come together in a complete experience. Together with our staff, crew, technicians, designers and cast we await the next steps: tech week and previews…

 “It all starts innocently enough.” —Pablo Del Valle, Native 


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