Facing the Music

When you step into a play, at some point in the process you have to put it in front of an audience, you have to face the music and the fear. And while Lone Star (2008) and The Zoo Story (2009) were challenging pieces of theatre, A Number (2010) eclipses both in terms of character development, language and dialogue complexity.

During our technical rehearsal on Thursday evening we floundered through the first scene before we found our rhythm in scenes two through five. The fact that we had both completely blanked left us shaken and most definitely stirred. But, we worked through the trouble spot yesterday afternoon before going out for a relaxing dinner at the Wok Box and we were ready to hit the stage.

And while the performance wasn't perfect -- we jumped a page or two in that troublesome first scene -- it was solid and we both made new discoveries and enjoyed our best run of the show to date. Heading into tonight's adjudicated performance, it feels like we're going to peak at the exact right moment. The anticipation of finding our perfect pace, of making the right emotional connections, of taking the characters just a little bit further, is exhilarating.

Angele called last night with an inspiring message of congratulations. "You two rocked it," she shared. "I so enjoyed that. What an unbelievably challenging piece. I was absolutely totally pulled in, enthralled. Kenny changes his character so well. That kid has come so far!"

A Number performs at 7 pm tonight in the Recital Theatre followed by Time Flies and The Ladykillers. Adjudicator Misha Alberta will have the difficult task of selecting the winners of the Theatrical Excellence Awards sponsored by Julio Florez of Royal LePage True North Realty!

February 27, 2010 - 191.0 pounds, 26.4% body fat


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