Sunday, January 29, 2006

An Actor's Life For Me...

So on Friday we had a team fun night. So far, we've gone to coffee shops, and a nickel arcade for our fun nights, but this time we went to a local improv show called Comedy Sportz. It rocked. There were two teams of three people each who played improv games against each other for our enjoyment. All of the players were very talented, and the show was utterly hilarious. Oh, and one of the guys was named Mike Myers. Yeah. Seriously. And he was way funny. Anyway, this is sort of an "interactive" club, where they take suggestions from the audience for certain things. They also have a volunteer round where they ask for a volunteer from the audience to do something in their game. For instance, for a game called "Waiter, There's A Blank In My Soup" they had a man (who was actually kinda drunk and annoying) sit on stage and say the title line with the Blank replaced by an audience suggestion. The players take turns responding with cheesy jokes. Also they had one where two volunteers stood on stage, and the players acted out a scene based on audience suggestions. At various points through the scene they would pause halfway through a sentence and have one of their volunteers give them a word or phrase to complete their sentence, and then build from there. Some fun easy ways to get the audience a little more involved.
Now I'm sure you're thinking to yourself "Self, why is Eric telling me all this? He doesn't usually talk about anything that doesn't completely center around him." Well, there is a good answer to that question. And it is as follows. The examples I gave you of the volunteer games were pretty low stress for the volunteers. However, the first time they asked for a volunteer it was for a game called "Shakespeare Suggested" and it involved the players taking a suggestion from the audience and making a Shakespearean scene out of it. Me, being the fairly unattentive person that I am, did not hear anything about Shakespeare before they asked for volunteers. Therefore I was a bit curious when, after shooting my hand up as quickly as I could, the rest of the audience's hands remained down. The emcee, or referee, called me up to the stage since I was his only option. I got up, was introduced to the team I was playing with, and then given a brief briefing by the team captain, in which he basically told me that all I really had to do was stand there and they would do the rest. He also added that I could talk if I wanted to, but I really didn't have to. That was his first mistake, poor unsuspecting fool. While this information was being given to me, the referee had gotten a suggestion for a Shakespearean title. It was "The Last Kickboxer." Somebody in the audience obviously had very little literary background.So the game began, and two of the players hopped right up on stage and started waxing eloquently on the lack of kickboxers in the land. The last team member then dragged me up on stage. That was his second mistake. I promptly surprised them by actually opening my mouth, and improving right along with them, much to the audiences delight (they were eating from the palm of my hand). We made it through a rather hilarious scene, with quite a few memorable lines, although only one or two by me, and I was then awarded a gift certificate for being "No ordinary ham." After the show, the players all came up and thanked me for playing with them. All in all it was a very fun night.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Seven Days Of Rehearsal Makes One Week...

My first week is officially done. I've been here for an entire Genesis cycle. Maybe I should disseminate a bit more info on how I got here et al. If you don't know what happened last fall, you can read up on that here. Anyway, after returning from Montana, I pretty much just did nothing for a month. Allright, I did EXACTLY nothing for a month. And it rocked. So there.
The one thing I did accomplish however, was sending in an application for WDT. That was fully submitted on December 22nd. Rehearsals started on January 7th. That left a grand total of sixteen days for them to review my apllication and get back to me to offer a position, me accept said position, them make travel arrangements, and me actually to travel up there. But since I had nothing better (read: Nothing At All) to do with my life, I was content to wait to hear from them. I just didn't expect to wait until January 2nd. On that day, I was in a car on the way back from Houston. I received a call offering me a position. Obviously I accepted. Now, at that point I knew very little about what I was getting into. I hadn't seen the script or anything. BASICally: if(date<=1/2/06, Eric=clueless). But I didn't care. I proceeded to prepare for my trip, trying to not think about what I didn't know. Then on Friday, the day before I left, I got a call from someone at the theatre telling me that they had just realized that there had been a bit of a lack of communication. They then proceeded to tell me that they had failed to ask me whether I would be willing to play the leading role in the show. Ha. Looks like someone hadn't ever met me. The next day I was here in Portland getting settled in.
So that's how it happened. Thanks for joining us. Next time on Eric's Exciting Exotic Excursions Exposed: Dr. Banks or How I Learned to Ignore the Pain in My Calves and Memorize a Three-and-a-Half Page Monologue In One Day.

Monday, January 09, 2006

I'm Going To Just Pretend That My Last Post WASN'T Nearly Two Months Ago

So, I got the position with Wycilffe Dinner Theatre. For those of you not in the know, this means that I am now in Portland, OR rehearsing a play that we will soon be taking on tour throughout the northwest until May. The play is entitled Sunong. I have the awesome opportunity to play Sunong. If you're curious for more details, you can find out a bunch of stuff about the tour and the play at Allright Bye.