I am really looking forward to auditions. I'm really looking forward to meeting all these people and seeing how they can fit in to this production. That is one of the things I really love about directing. Probably because I'm a daydreamer. I get to meet all of these people and see potential in them, see how they could transform into the characters I've been daydreaming about. Then I get to work with them and talk with them and suddenly the daydreams are walking, talking, life-like characters embodied by these real people; these awesome people who temporarily transform themselves into this daydream and make the daydream a reality for everyone who comes to see the show.
The rest of our production has been coming a long as well. We interviewed people for the technical director and publicist positions this week. I knew we'd found the technical director we'd been looking for when, at his interview, the charming Vincent Shade announced that he had just returned to the States from New Zealand where he had been hired as a production assistant for The Hobbit. Even though The Hobbit is still waiting to happen while the Tolkiens and the movie studios wage legal battles, he spent a year there learning about blacksmithing and living in Hobbiton. After hearing a few of his stories I am ready to pack up my bags, move to New Zealand, and become a barmaid or something just to be there. But I have to direct Midsummer First. Maybe we should just move the production to New Zealand and be a traveling troupe of players entertaining the waiting film crews... See? Daydreaming again.
In other news, Jodi Carney accepted the position of publicist, which is wonderful, because we really needed help getting the word out about auditions and doing press releases and once we are looking for audience members it will be a crazy amount of work. So, thank you Jodi for taking on that herculean task.
I will get back to you with more updates soon, but please leave a comment on this blog and let me know you were here.