Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spring 2012

Thank you everyone for your wonderful support with Evil Dead: The Musical. It's hard to believe we're already gearing up for our next show, and it's a big one...

We'll be starting off our third official season (insane, right?) with Spring Awakening, the rock musical adaptation of a controversial 1892 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, featuring music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. 

 Director: Samantha Eve
Music Director: Mandee Sikich
Vocal Director: Emily Jewell
Choreographer: Jessica Hambright
Dramaturg: Sara Rademacher
Set/Lighting Design: Theodore Michael Dolas
Stage Manager: Cynthia Moore
Asst. Stage Manager: Katie Williams

Open auditions will be held in February 2012 and rehearsals will begin in early March. The show will run from April 19-29, 2012 at Center Stage Theater. Stay tuned for more information!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Three-Hour Production Meeting

I started an update about a week ago, but everything had to be scrapped after our three hour production meeting. What was that? You wish that YOU could sit through a three hour production meeting? It's your lucky day. Here is the reader's digest version, summed up in a tidy breakdown.

1PM We arrive Starbucks on De La Guerra (thank you for all of the wonderful new upstairs seating that makes it easier to have meetings/get my caffeine fix). Iced coffee, notebook, W9 forms, budget info, pencils, pens... we're set. My mother is filling in as our official note-taker, as both our stage manager and our assistant stage manager have started school for the Fall semester.
1:15PM I spy Maggie downstairs and give her a wave. She and her partner-in-crime George head upstairs and join us at the table. Polite hellos, nice-to-meet-yous. George happens to have an Evil Dead tattoo, obscured by articles of clothing.
1:20PM We go through every special effect in the show, from the first page of the script to the last. We mark the big blood splatter moments. Discuss how the various dismembered hand effects will be accomplished. I saw a recent production of the show in Martinez, CA and we might be able to rent certain props from them... but which props are worth renting and which are worth making? Masks turn out to be a particularly challenging bump on our path. Maggie and George aren't fooling around with this special effects stuff. Masks include molding, then latex, then painting. However, we simply can't find the money in the budget to have six individual masks made. George has a brilliant idea to make the masks from two more generic molds, and we keep going.
2:10PM George goes downstairs to get a coffee. Maggie and I are distracted by a gemstone-covered iPhone case in the shape of an animated character (that I cannot remember now for the life of me.)
2:12PM We regain focus. Do we need intestines for Scott, after he's been gored by tree branches? How does Jake's stabbing occur? Linda's beheading? What about the giant demon massacre at the end, to the tune of "It's Time"?
2:20PM Elisha, our set designer, arrives. More introductions.
2:25PM We all get nifty scaled sketches of what the set will look like. We circle where the major blood splatters are going to happen.
2:30PM Elisha and I go over what set materials I was able to scrounge up from my backyard (also known as our set graveyard from both Hair and Assassins) and what we still need. A construction company in town has agreed to provide what we don't already have at cost, which means we can redistribute some of our set construction budget to special effects. Even so, it's looking grim. Maggie and I discuss putting together a joint Kickstarter campaign to raise money to cover the costs of materials, not to mention their time and labor, and a small amount of weight seems to lift magically from my shoulders.
2:40PM We head over to Center Stage Theater. Maggie and George have never seen the space, and the first thing we all do is crane our heads back to peer into the darkness at the grid. Blood has to spray from somewhere, right?
3:00PM It will NOT be spraying from the grid. Lights, curtains, and a whole score of expensive, delicate things dangle precariously near our splatter range. We scrap the idea of spraying blood down and begin to think about spraying it out. We take another look at Elisha's drawing and try to find places to hide tubes.
3:15PM Elisha and Brad mark out the location of our "Splatter Zone" with their steps and sit in the arranged seats. I stand on stage and jump around as Teri sits in the audience on the far right. "Can you see me?" I take two steps to the left. "Can you see me?" Two more steps. "Still can see me?"
3:30PM Teri strongly encourages me to schedule an additional tech day for the Monday before our opening. I take a look at the pages of notes that we've taken, the list of special effects from Maggie and George and the picture of our set... I nod.
3:45PM More talk about the blood spraying, which I have quickly realized is going to be the most challenging technical element of this production. Once blood has been sprayed, it can't be sprayed again unless there's time for a quick refill. Every splatter of blood requires someone behind the set, triggering it. We discuss the possibility of finding volunteers (on Halloween night? Yikes.) In a perfect world, Maggie and George would be there for each of our performances, setting off blood splatters and keeping an eye on things... and we're back to the idea of a Kickstarter campaign again. Stay tuned for more information in future blog posts...
4:00PM We go over a quick review of our more immediate to-do lists and say our goodbyes. We all seem to be on the same page at this point, and the show finally feels real. It's happening, and it's happening soon... that is, if the Halloween decorations that are already being featured in the drugstore are any proof.
4:15PM I walk down three aisles in the parking lot before I find my irritatingly nondescript car.

And that about sums it up! With October creeping closer, we've been busy brainstorming some creative advertising methods. The plan is to take Evil Dead promotions in a very contemporary direction, making use of guerrilla marketing with "missing" posters for Ash's detached hand, collectible postcards, viral media, and cast blogs! Get to know the cast and crew of Evil Dead: the Musical and get a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals and more by visiting our brand new, shiny, blood-splattered EVIL DEAD BLOG.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fall 2011... It's the Evil Dead!

It's settled! Barring any unforeseen complications, our Fall 2011 production is on the calendar... get out your boomsticks just in time for Halloween, it's EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, running at Center Stage Theater from October 27-31, 2011.

This is bound to be our bloodiest, craziest... potentially funniest... musical yet, but it's a musical with many technical challenges- not the least of which is spraying down the first two rows of the theater (and only the first two rows) with fake blood in the midst of an Act Two Candarian demon massacre. I've found myself Google-searching disturbing keywords like "liquid latex intestines," "stage makeup decapitated" and "pump spurting blood effects". To hold you over until our next update, here are some of promotional images. How many can you identify?

Thursday, May 5, 2011


One show down and nine to go... despite some minor "technological difficulties", I couldn't be happier with the opening, thanks both to the outstanding audience and the wonderful talent and energy of our cast and production team. Seriously, buy your tickets now. And while you're at it, check out the new photographs in our gallery, credited to the equally talented Ryan Morrison.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Assassins Auditions

As you all know, we are currently organizing our next production, Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS, for May 2011. We are at the tail end of our audition process, but we're still looking for a few key characters.

If you're interested in auditioning, please email outoftheboxtheatre@hotmail.com ASAP and we will do our very best to schedule you in.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Everybody's got the right to be happy...

We've dealt with drug use in REEFER MADNESS (April 2010) and war in HAIR (October 2010). Now Out of the Box Theatre Company is taking on politics and the American Dream in our first production of 2011, ASSASSINS.

With a book by John Weidman and music and lyrics by none other than Stephen Sondheim, ASSASSINS lays bare the lives of nine individuals who have assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States and explores the dark side of what harrowing acts mankind will undertake in their efforts to obtain celebrity, remembrance, understanding and success.

Auditions will be held in early March 2011 and rehearsals will begin in early April. The show will run from May 4th-May 15th at Center Stage Theater. More information is on the way!