About Me

My name is Megan Townsend. I am in my senior year (hopefully). This will be my first semester in three years that I haven’t been involved with a show on campus. I am finally doing professional theater! You can read more about that later. What else? I’ve had my union card with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) since 2003, which means I build stages for rock bands. Thatís about it, for now.

November 05, 2006

I know, it’s been a while.

So last time we were entering tech week for “Three Days of Rain.” Well, I really began to feel involved during tech. I felt like a had real purpose, I was a second set of eyes for Kathleen. We were teching for 10 hours a day with 2 hour breaks, then having production meetings afterward. It felt really good that I was keeping track of notes and issues and reminding KAthleen at the end of what needed to be addressed, I felt useful. Which is what I long for in life.

I have to say that Kathleen is much more patient than I. There were moments (which I will not address specifically), design-wise that I would have “outlawed” things immediately and she was always willing to try a compromise befor edoing so. God Bless Her!

Other trials were things like the REAL RAIN! At times it was beautiful but too loud to hear the actors, but everything truly does work itself out and we always found beautiful solutions, bringing in and out, using sound instead…

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October 16, 2006

Good Times

What a weekend! Luckily I had power the entire time, well except 45 min. yeasterday but I wasn’t home so that didn’t count. Anyway Sunday was not only my first rehearsal for “The 4th Wiseman” but also the first time onstage for “Three Days of Rain.”

“The 4th Wiseman” is the next show at Studio Arena and I got cast as a part of the ensemble. The ensemble is made up of all buff state students or recent graduates, originally there were 8 of us but 1 person dropped and the other didn’t show. The cast is made up of 3 equity actors and what I guess is now 6 puppeteers, that’s us.

For our first rehearsal we just went through the characters and got to see renderings of the puppets, who were all designed and being built by Michelle Costa, who I have to say is just wonderful. We then got to see and work with some of the puppets, that was actually the point of reheasal…

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October 11, 2006

almost there.

First day back to rehearsal after a sick day and “equity day off.” I was feeling a bit ashamed for calling off on sunday, but I truly was SICK and I don’t need to be a hero. It is just that I NEVER call off for ANYTHING.

Anyway today in rehearsal everything really came together. We are one week from preview and there was a concern about one scene getting the musicality of it. After trying several different means to one end, it just came alive. At one point Kathleen was welling up and I, who sat quite still and cross legged for most of the day, shot up and was breathless. I was so moved and finally we were allowed to use the word violent.

Like I mentioned in another entry Kathleen is kind of a “hands off” director. What I mean by that is she doesn’t feed the actors instead lets them feed her and the show. “It’s the difference when working with professionals,” she said today…

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October 04, 2006

A liitle rain goes a long way.

Back to Studio today. It is amazing what a few days off and some rain can do.

We finished up working on ActII of “Three Days of Rain” today and by the time we did a run around 4:30 or so it was like a new play, the actors were really falling into their charecters. Some Truly breathetaking moments.

It seems like every show that I do (not to say it’s just me) there is some auspiciousness surrounding the company and the work…

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October 03, 2006

One week down…

Not that I’m counting.

I’m assistant directing for Kathleen Gaffney at Sudio Arena, yes it’s an internship, and we just finished our first week of rehearsals. I am there 4 days a week, because I still have to take some classes, but in professional theatre rehearsals are 6 days a week, 6 hours a day, and from what I gather, typically a 10-5 thing. I had no idea! I am used to doing shows that rehearse like 3 hours 4 NIGHTS a week.

The process…

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