Week One

Wow! This week has been intense, Let me tell you I have learned so much.

I don’t really know where to start so I’m going to tell you about my families connection to the OTA, what play we are working on, and the 24hour theatre I joined.

I learned last week that I am the first intern at the Olympic Theatre Arts(OTA) in Sequim ,

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Hears is a fun little fact. My family goes back generations in Sequim, Washington and my great great grandmother Mrs May Hendricks was the principal and a teacher at the Old Dungeness School in the 1930’s. In March 1980 Richard Waites presented the one-man play, Krapp’s Last Tape, at this same Old Dungeness Schoolhouse. The success of that production prompted a group to form and present two plays in the next year, including A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur directed by Olivia Shea, and from these two performances the Olympic Theatre Arts company was launched. It just shows you how small the world really is.

Now for the new current show the OTA is preparing called “God of Carnage” which will be performed April 19 – May 5, 2013. This 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play is an explosive comic drama. A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

The play is written By Yasmina Reza and is directed directed by Olivia Shea.

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Back stage at the moment I’m working on building a coffee table, a chandelier, and African art work such as masks and art book covers. As the intern I’m getting to try all the fields out as painter, builder, light setter, and much more. This is a great working experience for me and at the moment it looks like I’m going to be in charge of the lights for the Show too.

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Now for the 24 hour play. In the period of only 24hour’s they wrote, cast, rehearsed and performed a seven act play of our mutual devising! Because of all the possibilities – turnout, ideas, storyline – the play could end up being about anything. As soon as a scene is written actors begin to rehearse it, and the writers move on to the next scene, and then the next, until the play is completed. This was a great learning experience, It was a great way to be involved in theatre without the long commitment! We had 11 writers and 9 actors and I was one of them,

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