Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bomb-itty Begins

Yesterday was the first rehearsal for The Bomb-itty of Errors and so to get this ball rolling let me introduce you to the Top 5 reasons (in no particular order) "Bomb-itty" should be on everyone's must-see list for this coming April. It is gonna be the most fun you've had at the theatre in a long time, trust me:

1. The set-up: This ain't no come in, sit down, and shut up production. This is a come down, drink from our bar THROUGH-OUT the entire show and sit around (or stand around) with your friends in your choice of traditional theatre seating, the small tables at the front or the high top tables at the back. Designed (by Set & Lighting Designer Jonathan Tsang) with a concert or live music venue-type atmosphere in mind we actually encourage you to "throw your hands in the air-ah and wave 'em like you just don't care-ah". (Did I just say that?!... Yeah, I did) And...moving on...

2. There will be men in drag: Yes, you heard me correctly. You will get to see Jameson Parker looking like this:

Along with Brian Cochrane, David A. Kaye and Niko Koupantsis who will all, at some point, come on stage wearing lady hip-hop Shakespeare garments (Designed by Vanessa Imeson) just like the ones pictured above. I cannot wait to see Luciana (played by Niko Koupantsis) strut her stuff. I nearly died from laughter at the scenes featuring Luciana at the read-through. And, she's even got her own song that is going to bring down the house. Speaking of...

3. The music: Every song or beat - (as they call 'em in the hip hop world [it's okay I'm not hip to the lingo either. Did I just say that?! Yeah, I did]) - is an original track created by local hip hop artist Anami Vice. For all you theatre people asking yourself, who the heck is Anami Vice?! Well this is Anami Vice:

And his "beats" for this show are un-freakin'-real. The music alone is enough of a reason to come to this show. Oh, and the fact you can drink THROUGH-OUT the entire show...

4. A live DJ: Well, now that we've got the music, we've got to have a DJ to scratch the beats. (Did I just say that?! Yeah I did). Meet DJ Oker Chen. He only met most of the Bomb-itty crew for the first time on Monday and he was right in there beat-boxing away. I think he's gonna fit in quite nicely AND he's gonna be wearin' his own set of hip hop pumpkin pants so that's awesome. And last but certainly not least is...

5. The direc-tah herself: Ms. Catriona Leger. I cannot wait to see what she does with the chase scene. And by chase scene. I mean literally a chase scene. The actors are running across stage as one character and then coming back in as another character and then running around and coming back on as yet another character. We have 4 dressers to make this happen and it is going to be a quickchange nightmare! So you need to be there just to witness this feat of achievement and what is sure to be a highlight of the show.

And, if that doesn't get you excited about Bomb-itty, nothing will (you might as well be dead. And yeah, I said it). I, for one, can't wait to see this show come together over the next month. Oh, oh, and did I mention there will be a bar and that you can drink THROUGH-OUT the ENTIRE show!!

Alright, you get the picture... But betwen now and then we'll have plenty of blog posts, including our usual coffee talk Q & A's, along with other fun updates to keep you occupied. You can also follow along with those crazy Bomb-itty boys throughout the rehearsal process on their Vlog (video blog) here. This is from Day 1:

April 4, 2012 it all goes down at Studio 16.

~Sabrina Evertt
Artistic Producer

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