Shireen Guru, Julia Zimmerman, and Victoria Lyons AKA Our Stage Managers
While actors amaze the audience with their stage fighting and dramatic soliloquies, the backstage production staff works on the functionality of every show. Playing a large role in the production of a show, stage managers do a variety of things from taking painstaking line notes to erasing blocking repeatedly. But, by far the best part of the stage manager's job is taking down quotes for the rehearsal reports. The rehearsal report contains important notes for every aspect of the show. Though we would like to believe everybody thoroughly reads every word of these incredibly exciting reports, we include quotes at the very end to ensure things don’t go unread. Present at every minute of every rehearsal, the stage managers take down every bizarre, uncomfortable, and downright ridiculous phrase, and believe us there are many. Here we have a quiz to match the quote to its speaker. Many of these require context, but who needs context anyways?
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______________________ “My nickname in my family is Passion Fingers. Like when my dad is doing something he’ll be like ‘come here, Passion Fingers, hold this flashlight’”
______________________ “Bees? Buzz buzz, bitch.”
______________________ “Ian opens his mouth; Ben squeezes; Ian closes his mouth; Ben leaves”
______________________ “How do I evoke her without moaning?”
______________________ “You guys…this is what happens when you’re single…have you guys ever watched subway fights on YouTube?”
______________________ “What’s up, girl?” “Not my grades”
______________________ “Bros before prose and hoes, in this sense.”
______________________ “Oh I’m sorry I can’t hear you over all of your lines being in prose.”
______________________ “kiss kiss kiss; love love love; *lowers voice* sex sex sex”
______________________ “I feel like Oberon is Guy Fieri”
______________________ “You know me and my bony ass”
______________________ “Don’t chase his body. Let it come to you. I just think that’s good life advice”
______________________ “2004, baby. It was the year of the polo. Wow, I am 100 years old.”
______________________ “He can grab me if he wants, but he can’t squeeze.”
______________________ “Do you deadlift? “Do I look like I deadlift?”
______________________ “I don’t really know how this penis costuming works I’m sorry.”
______________________ “You’re fired! No mistakes and no arms in the theatre.”
______________________ “That’s cool.” “It is cool! Hopefully someone does this play someday.”
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Me. When I auditioned for this show, I was absolutely terrified by the prospect of having to speak not only in an older dialect of English, but also speaking in verse. If I forgot a line, what would I do? People don't improvise Shakespeare (well, some people could, but I am not those people).
And then I got cast as Puck and while I was over the moon to have been given the opportunity to play such a wonderful role, my nervousness grew exponentially.
During the read through, I definitely read the words and they definitely were a dialect of English, but I had no clue what was going on. What does this mean? Who is Robin? Is he also Puck? And a hobgoblin? What on earth is a hobgoblin? These questions all flooded my mind and I did as anyone in the production does when they are confused: I asked the director. But here's the thing. The director informed me that while they are all the same person, I am aiming to be male, female, the wind, and your darkest secrets. Yes, you, reader who I do not know. I will represent those things you have never told mr.
So how am I portraying all of those interesting things? Well perhaps you should find out through watching the show. (Spoiler alert: with the help of lights, costumes, hair and makeup, props, and sound, I will be magic as anything so y'all should come out and see this)
By Monika Borkovic and Laura Nugent
Oh dearest light lab, newly built by Bill,
because of you we do not have to go
so high up on the grid, no need to kill
our backs. We tested colors for the show
against a proper screen of white not black
and cinderblocks. Except the time we brought
an ETC and had it carried back
because our lights all lacked a gobo slot,
these little lights were fierce enough to cast
the room aglow with purples, pinks and blues,
to make a forest, fairy den, or vast
midsummer starry night with blended hues.
A stage, this multipurpose space transformed,
and we, with lights, as actors have performed.
by Ritika Kommareddi
In high school, it was pretty easy to predict who would get what role in the shows. In fact, no one was ever cut. So, you could imagine how freaked out I was that I had the opportunity to audition for this show, a show that was the closest to professional that I had ever gotten.
My audition was full of nerves and hurried monologues. I expected absolutely nothing, and when my friend told me that she had gotten a callback and I hadn’t, I settled down for the night and decided to spend it watching The Office… until I learned that I actually had gotten called back.
I walked out of my callback smiling - not because I thought I had landed a role, but because I was back in the theatre. It had been at least 6 months since I had gotten to act with a script, and because I was in a production of Midsummer in high school, the text gave me a sense of comfort and nostalgia. Callbacks was the first time I thought I had found a home at Hopkins; I knew that no matter where I’d go for college, theatre would always be there. I’d always get to escape from reality for a little while; in theatre, I can simply feel and react, and not have to deal with any of the societal norms that influence how I, Ritika, live my life, because for those few hours onstage, I’m not Ritika anymore.
In essence, that’s who my character in Midsummer is - a fairy, who acts as soon as I am presented with a stimulus. I don’t have to think. When Bottom enters my world, my world has immediately shifted. I don’t have to ponder about whether an ass-man is going to impact my life; as a fairy, any deviation from the norm sets my life off-balance, and just like that, I have to make it work.
Now for my thoughts: I’m thrilled beyond words to work with such talented people; knowing that I’ll be able to create memories of performing onstage with them feels so rewarding. This experience is nothing like what I’ve done in the past, and that alone excites me more and more as the show days draw closer and closer.