The Oz Chronicles

How to Survive Brelby Boot Camp

How to Survive Boot Camp

By Megan O’Connor

 

13557926_10101475574598748_8380424546934698707_nThe experience of being part of the cast and crew of a Brelby Theatre Company summer epic is unparalleled by any of our other shows. True, there may be combat in other shows, and every role provides a unique challenge but the summer epics provide actors a chance to learn, solidify, and really refine stage combat skills. Beginning with a week of Boot Camp, which involves 2 hours of cardio and strength training, followed by weapon work, the summer epic physically pushes its actors further than any of our other shows. We at the Brelby Buzz wanted to get some tips from those who have gone before us on how to survive Boot Camp. Hopefully the cast and crew of The Oz Chronicles will be putting these into practice as their rehearsals ramp up for this fantastical summer epic!

“More water.” -Mat Vansen, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015), The Oz Chronicles (2016)

“A balanced, healthy diet and making sure to take a rest day.” -David Magadan, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015), The Oz Chronicles (2016)

“Understanding that it’s ok to push yourself as long as you’re doing it safely.” -Allison Bauer, Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015)

“Yoga! Stretching and focusing on your breathing helps you push through everything.” -Megan O’Connor, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015), The Oz Chronicles (2016)

An early understanding of how and when to communicate your limits to your director and SM team. Also, solidarity. Even having one person who agrees to keep pace with you each night made a huge difference. These groups are so amazing about making everyone feel like they were equals and that we were all capable of pushing through. And don’t be frustrated over the difference between you and a fellow castmate. Some of the younger artists might snicker a little bit when I say it out loud… but there’s a big difference between my abilities at 30 and where I was at 22. It’s okay to take it easy when you have to.” -Shelby Maticic, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015), The Oz Chronicles (2016)

Understand that not eating won’t help you get into shape. It. Will. Hinder. You.” -Fernando Perez, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015)

Water. Water all day, not just while working out. Especially in this AZ summer heat. Also, a positive attitude and willingness to try.” -Mia Passarella, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015)

“Keep it positive.” -Devon Mahon,  Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015), The Oz Chronicles (2016)

Stretching, hot baths with Epsom salts, arnica gel to help with the stiffness and pain. Encouragement to keep going when I didn’t want to. Be good to yourself and do what YOU can… it’s not a competition and different people will be starting at different levels of fitness.” -Colleen Carnahan, She Kills Monsters (2014)

Pacing- Don’t push yourself too far. Nobody’s going to think less of you if you have to stop for a break.” -Carolyn McBurney, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015)

“Staying motivated. It’s all mind over matter. Once you start telling yourself “I can’t do this,” your body begins to believe you. With the right mindset and drive, you’d be surprised what your body can accomplish.” -Kristiana Faddoul, She Kills Monsters (2014), The Oz Chronicles (2016)

Stay hydrated; not just water…make sure to have electrolytes to help prevent cramping and bruising. Gatorade, coconut water, there’s also an electrolyte supplement called Nuun that comes in tablet form and can be purchased at Sprouts. And hydrate well before rehearsal and shows.” -Melody Knudson, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015)

Warming up before showing up to rehearsals really helped. I remember Kristiana and I did wall stretches at our house about 30 minutes before we left for Brelby.” -Simon Faddoul, She Kills Monsters (2014)

Laughter. It sounds like a small thing but it made all the difference. It made our cast feel more united. Especially during planking. My favorite exercise.” -April Rideout, She Kills Monsters (2014), Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! (2015)

Our thanks to these Brelby Collaborative Artists! Tickets available now for The Oz Chronicles!

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