Hey guys! I’m back to tell you more about the Red Door Play Festival, and am full of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving break! The festival took place the weekend before break, on Nov. 23 and 24, and it went very well. I was able to see all ten one-act shows, and it was great to see all of the work of my fellow students.
Each show got two tech rehearsals in the space, so we had to use our time efficiently in order to get everything done. There are only a set number of lights in the Red Door, but we were able to use the white and yellow ones in order to create a sunny environment, for Connections takes place outdoors in a park. We fit in four full runs during our tech time, and had additional rehearsals in other spaces throughout the week leading up to the performances.
During the performance weekend, the shows go on one after another with a 10-15 minute break between each one. I called my actors half an hour before showtime in order to fit in a quick physical and vocal warm-up, and once the show before us was finished, Megan and I set the stage and tested the lights. Students, family, friends, and professors are always in and out throughout the day, so the coordinator of the festival, my friend Alyssa, welcomed the audience and announced what was coming up next before each play starts. After all of the performances were over, the cast and crew of all ten shows helped strike the set and returned their props and costumes to the shop. Everything went very smoothly, and I could not be more proud of my cast and crew for all of the hard work they put into making Connections happen. It was a fun and rewarding way to make my directorial debut at Muhlenberg, and I learned a lot of valuable things through the process.
Below: Phil and Lydia show their Muhlenberg spirit with our mascot, the mule; the full cast and crew of Connections (me, Phil, Lydia, Megan) after one of our performances.