Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Another year gets off to a great start.

The Exit 16 kids had their first show tonight, and I couldn't be happier with the way it went.

Hosting: We've been working on setting up scenes, and for the first time, they did the whole show without run-lists in hand. They learned from what they saw at the festival—and their hosting was smooth and professional.
Scenework: They played patient and smart. Not everything hit—but they never freaked out.
And then there was this: They opened with the Busby Berkeley we learned from Susan Messing. First up, their run through before the show—with my loud, bossy sidecoaching...


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They knew to make it work they'd have to have higher energy and more variety in their "music," and I think they pulled it off.

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I want to keep working with this piece—there's so much potential for different rhythm, different moves and different energy.

Anyway, I hope they're happy with the show. We'll watch it on video next week and tear things apart—because they're learning insanely high standards—but for now, I hope they're having a great post-show cup of coffee at Perkin's.

Want to check them out? They're performing at the Corbin Theater this Saturday at 8pm. It's $5. You can't lose.

3 comments:

  1. Nice work, kids! But then, you've got a good coach.

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  2. So you're not looking for a hosting/game mechanics workshop after all?

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  3. I'm not uninterested, but maybe looking at early next year. We're throwing in scene set-ups with a much larger percentage of scene and character work, and still doing a lot of teambuilding, so I've got the next couple of months jam-packed. I still do appreciate the offer, though. I was thrilled with what they picked up at the fest watching you guys host—you could tell they learned by example.

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