Wrapping up Every Christmas Story Ever Told…

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Hi there! Tony Caselli here, Artistic Director of Williamston Theatre. Although we’ve closed Every Christmas Story Ever Told, I’ve asked the cast to give me some “wrap up thoughts” for our journal. I’ll be posting those over the next couple of days, and then we’ll start posting on our preparations for Fully Committed, our next production!

First up, Joseph Albright. Joey is a wonderful actor, and I’ve known him for years. He’ll be in our Spring production of Music From A Sparkling Planet. Here are his thoughts on our holiday show!

I had such a great time doing “Every Christmas Story Ever Told”.  I was very surprised at how well it played.  I honestly did not care for the script the first time I read it.  I have a lot of faith in Tony, but as the first day of rehearsal came around I was a little concerned.  We only  had two weeks to put this thing together.  I’m used to twice that much time.  Plus, we all had to play a bunch of characters.

The first couple of rehearsals made me feel better.  Chris, Aral, Tony and I had a blast playing together.  We laughed our way through the whole process.  Sometimes I felt a little guilty because we were having so much fun. 

It turned out that fun was exactly what was needed.  We staged this show for three different theatres.  We had some very long days.  We all got tired and ornery from time to time, but as soon as we started doing the show we were all children again, forgetting our aches and pains and playing like there was no tomorrow.

I love Joey’s honesty in this post! It’s great, I think, that he started at a point of “Man, I don’t know if this is gonna work”, but once we got it on it’s feet he fell in love with it and had a great time. In fact he and the other actors have already asked if we’re going to be able to do it again next year! (The answer is a very definite “Probably!”)

Joey’s post also brings up an interesting point: it really shows that plays are at their best when brought to life, and although you can learn a lot about a play by reading it, you learn much more by hearing it out loud, putting it on it’s feet. This is why most directors and producers and playwrights, when they want to really see and hear what a play is going to do, will do table readings or staged readings of them. “Getting it off the page” is one of the most critical steps in what we do!

More soon-
Tony

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