On the Air – Post Production

I know you guys have been waiting for this post for a while now (considering the show was back in May).  I’m sorry I took so long, but it’s finally here! All the things about On the Air the Workshop.

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Tech Week….aka Hell Week….in Gifs

So today begins tech week for On the Air.  I was up at 6:40am this morning.  Don’t ask me why. It’s ungodly.  Especially since I have to be at tech from 6-11pm this evening.

For those of you non-actor folks, tech week is the week leading up to opening when all the technical elements of the show are brought in (lights, sound, costumes, etc.), essentially making the show a “show”.  It’s a lot of waiting and standing around in one spot, skipping over lines, trying to time changes, and remembering where the hell you’re supposed to be.

To give you a better idea of what it’s really like, I thought I’d break it down for you.

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First Week of Rehearsals and a HUGE Thank You!

First off–we hit our goal for our Kickstarter campaign!

BUT not only did we reach that goal, we exceeded it by $1,105!!!!

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Pre-Production Life

Since we have our first rehearsal tomorrow, I thought I’d try and give a post about what pre-production has been like for this process.  It’s very similar to the past incarnations where you live in a constant state of anxiety, sheer bliss, frustration, panic, and convinced that you will never finish everything in time–just multiplied by 100. Pretty much, you walk around like this:

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On the Air – Workshop Production!

In case you were wondering why I’ve been so MIA lately (and this year really) it’s because of said title! On the Air will have a fully staged workshop production presented by Overtures at The Gallery Players in Brooklyn…NEXT MONTH.

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How to Write a Musical 101

The bro and I get asked a lot of questions regarding how we started out writing our first musical.  With our second one pretty much done (minus the never ending revisions) and another project in the works, we’ve been getting even more.  Normally I direct them here and here, but for people looking to get started on writing their own I thought I would give a more detailed post about the actual process of where to start and what to do.

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I am far from the expert on this (believe me, half the time it’s fake it till you make it!) and I’m sure my brother would agree, but there are a few things we’ve learned along the way that might help you out.

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The Store Under the Portico aka Musical 2!

The title is here and the first draft is DONE! Musical 2 is now “finished”.  I’m laughing even as I type that because it’s never finished, but the first draft is!

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“Sooo how does this work?”

This is one of the questions the bro and I constantly get asked whenever we meet with someone about the show.

Person looks at us, gestures back and forth and asks, “Sooo how does this work?”

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Which Came First: the Book or the Song?

Currently, the bro and I are doing a Christmas show out in Bristol, PA for the month.  It’s a great little gig, with some fantastic people.  Most of the rehearsals are at night however, so we’ve taken this opportunity as a mini writer’s retreat and trying to write/finish Musical 2 (for lack of a title).  It takes place in Italy during WWII, specifically toward the end of the war and the northern occupation.  It’s a fascinating topic and one that most people haven’t really explored.  It’s one even I’m learning about as we continue to research and write.

We’re slowly getting through it (we’re up to about 4 scenes in Act 1) and we have to finish the whole show by the end of the month for a deadline.

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Writer’s Block is a Real Thing

If you’re a writer, then at some point in your life you’ve encountered the dreaded writer’s block.  Hell, if you’ve written a school essay you’ve encountered it.

It’s real.  It’s horrible.  It sucks.

It happened to me the other day and I was quite surprised by it.  I know.  You must be thinking, “Ummm Cristina, this is nothing new to you right?”

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