Monday, May 11, 2009

"Fiddler" by the numbers

Because it now seems all I can marshal my brain resources to do is cite statistics rather than write actual blog posts, here is a rundown of my "Fiddler on the Roof" experience.

The How
  • Number of times I auditioned: 0, because I initially decided I didn't want to do it
  • Number of personal requests to become involved: 1, because they didn't have enough guys
  • Number of personal requests to become involved I probably should have rejected: 1*
  • Role I initially agreed to play/lines I agreed to speak: Chorus/0

The What
  • Role I ended up playing: Mendel, the Rabbi's son
  • Number of lines I spoke in Act 1: 30
  • Number of lines I spoke in Act 2: 7
  • Most ridiculous line: "And the cheese!"

The When
  • First rehearsal I attended: Saturday, March 21
  • Last rehearsal I attended: Thursday, May 7
  • Number of hours of rehearsal I attended: 53
  • Number of rehearsals I missed: 1
  • Number of performances: 2
  • Performance length: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • First performance: Saturday, May 9
  • Last performance: Sunday, May 10

The Who
  • Number of cast and crew: At least 60
  • Percentage of cast from St. Luke's: About 33%
  • Percentage of cast from Beth-El Zedeck: About 33%
  • Percentage of unaffiliated cast: About 33%
  • Number of minutes spent discussing interfaith stuff during rehearsal time: 40
  • Number of new friends I made: I'd say 8 or 10

The Results

  • Number of audience members: about 2,500 over the two performances
  • Funds generated to fight hunger in central Indiana and in Kenya: Many thousands of dollars

* I joke, I joke. (Sort of.) Here's my take on the whole experience: I am really glad that I was a part of the show. I learned new skills (dancing) and new vocabulary ("cheat out") and made new friends. I think I did OK with my part -- I don't think I screwed up any of my lines, although the stick-in-the-mud son of the rabbi was probably the closest I could get to typecasting in this production. As a rookie, I was terrified of being the weak link in any of my scenes -- screwing up a dance, flubbing my lines, dropping a prop, etc., so I worked really, really hard to remember all the details. The biggest challenges for me were interpersonal. Like my friend Ernesto, I found cliques developing among the cast, which led to cast members (me, others) sometimes feeling excluded and friends-who-weren't-cast-members also feeling excluded. And like Ernesto, I was frustrated by the self-appointed mini-directors, especially the two who physically took me by the shoulders and moved me to a different spot onstage. So, overall, the experience was very positive, but a few speedbumps along the way will cause me to think long and hard before doing it again.


shouldhavezagged said...

So what is the number of minutes spent discussing interfaith stuff during rehearsal time?

Scott S. Semester said...

D'oh! I forgot to complete that. I put the category in as a placeholder so I would remember to go back and check the calendar and then insert the number, but didn't do it.

For the record, I'm going with "40" -- meaning, we had several three to six minute minichats about Easter, Passover, Siberia, etc., totalling about 40 minutes as in-group presentation stuff. This does not count the informal exchanges that took place almost constantly, especially as the folks from Beth-El schooled us Methodists on proper pronunciation, traditions (like the Wedding scene), etc.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, you're totally going to do it again some day.

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of drama in drama. -- Lisa