For the rest of November, every day, the Brelby Buzz will be bringing you the second installment of the November Blogathon. Thirty days, thirty original posts from Brelby’s Company Members and collaborative artists of Season 8. Each post will revolve around a word that artist considers to be integral to what art and Brelby means to them.
By April Rideout
I am a creature of habit. I am a fan of organized routines and knowing exactly what will be in store for the future. I plan ahead and my organizer has been a savior on more than one occasion especially this year. 2015 has certainly been a year packed to the brim of new opportunities, transitions, challenges, and, most importantly, a chance to believe in myself more than I did previously.
I have had the opportunity to sound design again this year. My last productions were Revenge of the Space Pandas and Love’s Labour’s Lost last season. Mia and I co-designed the sound for The Age of Eibhleann (currently running until November 14) and this show has been my favorite to be on for the tech side of things. It was a fun experience to build the sounds for this show with Mia. Our discussions for magical sounds for a scene would consist of wordless phrases and lots of laughter when trying to imitate a spell used in Harry Potter. There were some pieces of music that we would listen to and immediately knew which part of the show that particular piece was absolutely perfect for. One example would be “This Will Be The Day” from the Rooster Teeth series, RWBY, for when Mia is attempting to lower herself into a volcano in Lanmur territory in Act II. The song was a perfect example of girl power and we did geek out a bit when that piece fit into that scene perfectly. Piecing the sounds of a show together is like putting together a puzzle and I am always determined to solve such a dilemma. Age of Eibhleann was daunting with the number of sound cues required for the production (130 to be exact), but with a good friend to laugh and share the burden with, it can be quite enjoyable. Finishing up this season production wise, I will be doing the sound for the Christmas show, Non Fat Soy Peppermint Mocha Latte with Sprinkles. I am really excited for this project because I love the holiday season and there are a few ideas Melody has for the design that will be really exciting for our audience.
On the acting front, I have been in Angel’s Alley, Little Woman: The Musical, Dotty Dot! A New Children’s Musical, Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! and the second annual Brelby Miscast Concert. Each production has given me an opportunity to learn a set of new skills and challenge myself to constantly try new things. Brelby’s motto for acting is to make bold choices and this is not my specialty usually, but I have been incorporating fresh approaches to scenes when prompted. There are always new things to learn and each experience is different but beneficial to becoming a stronger performer. I love learning new skills and building on what I already have. For next season, I will be Maria Jennings, an amateur body builder, in Meet the Dryers, the company show. I am excited to be acting in my first company show and learn from my fellow members during the process.
Megan and I joined the Company together and running the #BrelbyBuzz with her has been an absolute pleasure. I enjoy writing short stories and occasional blog posts, but having the opportunity to work with Megan has been a blast. Her ideas for the different segments are always highly entertaining and I have learned a lot when assisting her with questions for different productions. Her energy is infectious and makes me constantly want to improve myself as a writer because she has written some brilliant pieces. We have some really fun segments coming out for the end of the year in theme with the Christmas show that will really bring about the holiday spirit. But, right now, November is the month for Brelby collaborative artists and company members to reflect on the past year and come full circle by relating their experience to a single word. Which is what this is currently. Blog post inception. I am looking forward to even new exciting segments for 2016 for the #BrelbyBuzz.
In conclusion, my word is Charm. I have met many charming people over my two years with Brelby Theatre Company. That is what builds the environment of the theatre and keeps bringing me back every time. The positive and hardworking nature of the fellow artists and company members is catching and hard not to have that fire burn within yourself. I have had the pleasure to become close friends with Alexandra Utpadel, Sophie Utpadel, Alexxis Briviesca, Lydia McCloskey, Gerald Thomson, Clayton Caufman, Ben Cleaveland, Allison Bauer, Willa Eigo, and many other artists. I am so fortunate to work with such strongly motivated and talented company members especially on such a magical experience as Age of Eibhleann. There’s a wealth of charming people at the studio and just being surrounded by so many artists and company members is an absolute joy and something that I would not trade for the world.