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We have postcards!!! Well, we don’t have postcards yet, but they were ordered over the weekend. I just got my hands on the digital copy of the postcard designed by Tiffany Nasca; they’re pretty awesome!

Postcard – Front

Postcard – Back

 

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

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Happy opening from the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing!

The cast and crew of Beautiful Thing take a stand against bullying and show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.  For more information on GLAAD, click on the image below.

We now have two blocking rehearsals under our belt.  During our rehearsal on Tuesday, we blocked another fight scene, this one between Kiah (Leah) and Michelle (Sandra).

The rehearsal would have been shorter if we all hadn’t kept laughing.  At one point, we had a conversation about naming each person in our cast after a Disney character.  We also discussed how to make the pot smoking in the show look as realistic as possible.  Some other topics discussed: post-Christmas Boxing Day party, being Jewish, and leather bars.  Just another typical Beautiful Thing rehearsal.

Tomorrow, the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing show their support for GLADD’s Spirit Day. Until then, have a beautiful day!

On Broadway, there is the tradition of shows that are currently in production sending “Happy Opening Night!” letters to a show when it opens. This tradition has not yet made its way to Chicago; there are anywhere from 5-10 shows opening each week and sending a letter to each one would be time-consuming and costly.  Nevertheless, I’m hoping to help establish that tradition here.  I have decided to send out two “Happy Opening Night!” letters a week from now until Beautiful Thing opens in January.  These shows will be picked at random, unless someone within our production would like us to send one to a particular show.  

Up first is Kinky Boots, which opens today.  We all signed the letter at our rehearsal last night and I both faxed and sent the hard copy via snail mail to the theater.  But may I say here as well, happy opening from the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing! 

(**I must apologize to my castmate Patrick Rybarczyk, who did not get a chance to sign the letter.  We were supposed to do this at our rehearsal on Saturday, but I forgot.)

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

Yesterday they released our poster to the public!  Looks great, right?!  Ever wonder what goes into creating a show poster?  It’s far more than simply shooting a photo and slapping some text on it.  Here are just a few of the many steps we took.

Our Director John Nasca and Graphic Designer Tiffany Nasca knew they wanted to use actors for the poster design, so John picked a date for the shoot and checked the availability of the actors.

Once all the actors were confirmed, we reached out to various photographers.  The photographer we picked is actually a good friend of mine from high school. 

Next, we needed to find a location for our photo shoot.  The play takes place at a South London apartment complex, and most of the show is set outside.  After many calls to various possible locations, we decided to do the photo shoot at our rehearsal space.

It’s always better to have more pictures than you think you need, just to avoid having to do a second shoot, so we did some shots inside and outside.  For the exterior shots, we found a great spot directly behind a nearby convenience store, and that’s the shot that was chosen for the poster.

Now that the image had been chosen, Tiffany went to work creating the poster.  Countless hours went into creating different drafts, changing the location of the logo and information text, etc.  Once the design was finalized, it was sent to our resident proofreader, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt.  I cannot stress enough the importance of having your poster proofread; it will save you the heartache of having a mistake sent to the printer.  No matter how many pairs of of eyes have looked at it, you’d be amazed at what a proofreader will find!

The end result is this, our poster.  I left out a few things – I can’t give it all away – but you get the basic idea of what went into designing it.

Shout-out to Jeff Bolek, our amazing photographer; Tiffany Nasca, our brilliant graphic designer; Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, our meticulous proofreader; Charlie Wein, for keeping me warm outside; and our awesome director John Nasca and producer Kelli Walker.

Our poster: it’s a beautiful thing!

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

Last night we gathered for our first table read of the script.  We started the rehearsal by introducing ourselves, followed by a welcome speech by our director John Nasca.

After the table read, our dialect coach Jeremiah Davis gave us notes and helpful tips for taking on a South London accent, as well as a very helpful handout he had prepared.  I must say, Jeremiah really knows this dialect; he gave the cast some great notes and pointers.  We all are very excited to have Jeremiah working with us!

We had our first rehearsal at WTTW studios.

Kiah Kiah McKirnan (Leah), Charlie Wein (Ste), Robert Hilliard (Jamie), Michelle McKenzie-Voigt (Sandra), Patrick Rybarczyk (Tony) and dialect coach Jeremiah Davis. Photo by Tiffany Nasca, our Assistant Director.

Charlie Wein (Ste), Robert Hilliard (Jamie)

Patrick Rybarczyk (Tony) and dialect coach Jeremiah Davis.

Kiah Kiah McKirnan (Leah), Charlie Wein (Ste)

The best line of the night comes from John Nasca: “Put your diphthong away.”

I have some exciting news about an upcoming promotional event, but I can’t tell you until tomorrow. Until then, have a beautiful day!

One of the many publicity photos taken by our photographer Jeff Bolek. That’s me in the purple, Charlie who plays Ste and Michelle who plays me mum.

This was not an easy photo shoot, it was cold and the sun was blinding, but I had a lot of fun my fellow cast mates Charlie and Michelle. Tiffany Nasca, our graphic & web designer will turn one of these photos into our poster.

Until next time, have a beautiful day!