Monday, December 31, 2018

The Final Count Down

The end of 2018 is almost here, and tonight people will be counting down to the beginning of 2019. We at South Stream are counting down too - to the opening of This Doesn't End Well on Friday!

We have four more rehearsals left before we open. And yes, that means we are rehearsing tonight, although we will just be doing a speed through so everyone can attend to their New Year's Eve plans. The show is looking - good. Really, REALLY GOOD. I am so excited to share this show with audiences. There are still a lot of things on my punch list. Sets need to be finished, lighting needs to be tweaked, the sound... well an untimely hard drive failure has meant a lot more work for Will, but it will be ready to go by Friday. There's plenty that needs to be done. But honestly, even if nothing changed at all, I'd be proud to show this work to an audience. The cast really has done a tremendous job bringing the script to life.

Now we just need an audience, so get your tickets today!

We'll see you in 4, 3, 2, 1 ....

Friday, December 28, 2018

We're Back!

Look who's coming soon to a theatre near you...

We're back from break, we're in the space, and we're looking forward to seeing you here. We open one week from today!

It's great to finally have a chance to work the show in Sonorous Road, with (most of) the actual props and set pieces. We ran the show yesterday and I have to say it's looking great.  We still have a long way to go. Lights, sound, costumes... etc.

Speaking of which... have you got your tickets yet?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Happy Merry Chrismakwanukkahhanzukkah!

The ACLU has assured us that this Christmas tree is sufficiently secular for public display under Lynch v. Donnelly
We hope you're having (or have had or will have) a lovely holiday season, no matter what faith tradition you follow, or even if you follow no faith tradition at all. Really. Just, um, have a nice day.

Tongue out of cheek: we have time off. I celebrate Christmas with my family, but no matter what you do, we all have some time off. It's a great time to spend time with the people who matter to you, and who you haven't seen in weeks because you've been in rehearsal.

Time for rest and reflection is an important part of the creative process. Time in rehearsal is great, but without time for rest and reflection, we will not grow as artists. We get frustrated, tired, and irritable. We focus on getting it right and getting it done - neither of which are useful to the creative process. If we don't have the proper time for recovery, we lose the joy and spontaneity which make art good. Work is important, but I don't go to the theatre to watch people recite lines verbatim. I go to watch them participate with joy, listening and reacting. I go to watch people be their true selves.

The week between the end of Christmas and the opening of This Doesn't End Well is going to be full of very hard work for our cast. So right now, the job is to rest, relax, and come back full of energy, love, and confidence. We hope to see you there!

(hat tip to the Reduced Shakespeare Company for the title. I recommend their (extremely long running) podcast to anyone who makes or enjoys theatre).

Friday, December 21, 2018

Leaving the Nest

Gerald Louis Campbell and Julie Oliver rehearse This Doesn't End Well

We have been hard at work rehearsing This Doesn't End Well since mid-November. We have been lucky to be hosted by RTP High School during that time. The rehearsal room is a special place. It's a place where you have to use your imagination a bit. It's a place where you can experiment. It's a place where you can fail. Try it out. See what happens. It's a place that, above all, is safe. It's just the actors, the stage manager, and the director. No one else is looking at you. No one else is judging you. No one cares where you stand.

Soon, we will be leaving that safe nest. Today (Friday) will be our last rehearsal at RTP. Saturday we will be moving into the theatre at Sonorous Road. We'll be adding costumes, and lights, and sound, and set pieces. And we'll be adding people who are running these things. They'll be watching runs and asking questions. We're lucky in that we have a little break (this Christmas thing you may have heard about) before we rehearse in the space. That will give everyone more time with their words, and time with their families. But next Thursday we will be rehearsing in THE space. On THE stage. It's part of the process. A new challenge. But I think our little crew is ready.

Fight Choreography. Tara Williams and George Labusohr work with Julie, Ben and Lou.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Meet The Cast - David Thomas

David Thomas is excited to work with South Stream as part of This Doesn't End Well. David is currently attending Wake Tech Community College and plans on transferring to ECU for Theatre Arts Education, Communication, and Marketing. David has appeared in both regional and school theatrical productions. His favorites include Shrek in Shrek the Musical, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, C.J Memphis in A Soldiers Play, and Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables. David loves playing a variety roles to stretch his talent and this play is no different. He would like to thank his family and friends for supporting him in is adventures on becoming a strong motivated actor.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Meet The Cast - Katie Barrett

Katie Barrett is delightfully dismayed to rejoin her South Stream family for the third time. Past work for South Stream includes Blackbird (Una) and Time Stands Still (Mandy). Other local theatre credits include NCSU Theatrefest's Tea with Edie and Fitz, The Hollow, Theatre in the Park's Dracula, and Bare Theatre's Titus Andronicus. Katie also works in arts admin by day as the Associate Executive Producer for the Justice Theater Project. She would like to thank Brook for trusting her with his words and both John and Brook for being crazy enough to invite her back as part of this lovely group.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Meet the Cast - John Honeycutt

John is the co-founder  and Managing Director of South Stream Productions. He has been an actor in almost all South Stream's shows, including Copenhagen, Seascape, The Caretaker, Time Stands Still, and Blackbird. In addition to running South Stream, he appears regularly with theatre groups throughout the triangle, including Justice Theatre Project (Tuesdays with Morrie, Frost/Nixon, and Dancing at Lughnasa), Theatre in the Park (Of Mice and Men), and the dearly departed REP (A Number, Circle Mirror Transformation).

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Meet The Cast - Ben Apple

Ben is making his first appearance with South Stream, but he is no stranger to local and regional stages. Locally he has appeared in productions with Burning Coal (King Charles III, Peter Pan and Wendy, and Rum and Vodka), Big Wig Productions (Bad Jews), Aggregate Theater (In Good Taste), and Theatre Raleigh (The Adventures of Peter Rabbit). Elsewhere in North Carolina, he has appeared with Triad Stage (Brother Wolf, Snow Queen, Christmas Carol and The Illusion), HART (The Actor and the Assassin) and the dearly departed NC Shakes (Romeo and Juliet).

Ben graduated with a BFA in Acting from UNC-Greensboro in 2014.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Meet The Cast - Gerald Louis Campbell

This Doesn't End Well is Louis's first show with South Stream Productions. Louis retired from the United States Air force in 2007 and currently resides in Raleigh, NC. In 2017, Louis participated in an acting class at Raleigh Little Theater and was instantly hit by the acting bug. He recently appeared in Women's Theatre Festival's production of Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) as Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. Since then he has enjoyed honing skills necessary to achieve his dream of becoming a professional actor. Louis would like to thank the director Brook North and fellow cast members for allowing him to enjoy this valuable experience. Above all, Louis wishes to thank his beautiful wife Davina, for her love, support and encouragement.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Meet the Cast - Julie Oliver

Julie Oliver returns for her second show with South Stream in This Doesn't End Well. Previously Julie appeared in South Stream's 2014 production of Seascape by Edward Albee. Julie has been a valuable part of the Raleigh Theatre community for years. She is a member of Burning Coal Theatre's artistic company and has appeared frequently there (Stuff Happens, The Normal Heart, Peter Pan & Wendy, The Iron Curtain Trilogy, The Heretic, Good, Brigadoon). She has also worked with theatre groups across the triangle, including Aggregate Theatre (2018 Children’s Theatre Series), Seed Art Share (Well Fed, Well Said), Little Green Pig (Maccountant), Manbites Dog (Mr. Burns), ArtsCenter Stage (Oh What A Lovely War, Eurydice, 10 by 10 in the Triangle, 2009, 10 and 15), and Deep Dish Theatre (The Cripple of Inishmaan, Superior Donuts). Julie recently retired from teaching band in the public schools since 1981.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Meet The Cast - Natalie Turgeon

Natalie is thrilled to make her South Stream debut in This Doesn’t End Well. Local theatre credits include Theatre in the Parks' Assassins (Emma Goldman/ensemble), Cary Players' Rainmaker (Lizzie Curry), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty) and Legally Blonde (Paulette Bonafonte), NRACTs’ Wild Party (Madeline True) and 9-5 the Musical (Roz Keith), Raleigh Little Theatres' Hairspray! (Velma Von Tussel), Sweeney Todd (ensemble), and her most recent production of Sister Act (ensemble). She would like to thank Brook and John for the opportunity to be a part of this production and chance to work with such a wonderful cast and crew. As always, shed' like to thank her friends and family who support this passion and craft; special shoutout to her sister, Kate, who signed her up for that acting class 6 years ago!

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