A refreshing break before the craze of finals
Thanksgivvukkah is sadly over. For the first time in hundreds of years, and for the last time in hundreds of years, this unique holiday provided a much needed refreshing break from the end-of-the-semester push that had tired everyone out.
The end of the semester at the Brind School is a bit of a crazy time. The season auditions take place, so as a director of a show next semester (and assistant director) I have sat through over 200 auditions so far, and I still have another 100 or so to sit through tonight. I actually enjoy sitting through auditions because it is a great way to be reminded of how talented the students at this school are, but they can be a pain because you have to give up 4 and a half hours of your time to sit there and listen. Its a tough balancing act when you give up that chunk of time but are still expected to have all of your work turned in.
I also start tomorrow night with this year's Equinox New Play Festival. This year, there are two of us running the festival, and we decided to give it a fairy tale theme. The play festival is something that goes on every year. The festival is a great chance for student playwrights to get their work produced, but for student producers, directors, designers, and actors to get opportunities. This festival is entirely student produced and student run, which allows for a lot of creative freedom with how it comes together. Myself, along with my co-producer, decided to keep some processes the same, but ulitmately we changed around some ways of going about the festival in order to optimize it's performance. So far, it has worked out well.
We asked for submissions before the school year ended last May, and received about a dozen submissions by the deadline which was earlier this semester. We picked three of the plays, and then held readings. These readings allowed us to see who was interested as a director. Luckily, we found three great directors who all have a unique style.
Tomorrow night starts the rehearsal process, which comes after a fairly long casting process. These plays will go up in mid January, right when students get back from winter break. Its a great way of kicking off the Spring Semester.
One of my other projects is called Full Moon and it is an original nonsensical-fairytale-cartoon-musical farce set in a pizza palace. It was written by a senior DPP as his senior project. He will also be starring in the production. That show should be an evening of just plain fun. UArts does not have enough comedic shows, and this one will be an opportunity to go out for an evening of theatre and just laugh and not have to think about anything.
Until next time, Philadelphia.
David Fertik is a theatrical director, producer, administrator, and designer (specializing in Scenic and Puppetry Design). He currently serves as the Founding Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre Company and the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Revolution Arts Workshop. Regional Credits include: Delware Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, International Opera Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Marian Anderson Award, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and Playhouse 22. David's senior thesis project entitled "The Circus Freak" featured various different types of puppetry. David is a proud member of the two largest organizations for puppeteers, UNIMA-USA and Puppeteers of America.