Q: What have been some of the biggest challenges with translating the script to stage?
A: Casting the show was the first big challenge, which is why I invited the playwright to join me in the process. During auditions, I especially valued Jack’s input given his expertise on the characters. Another challenge has been the ongoing process of coordinating one cohesive vision of the show. So far, clarifying ideas and using my own creativity to reconcile certain differences have been ways I’ve been addressing this task. A third challenge has been making sure that I’m bringing all the necessary details of this new play to life. In general, I've been handling this mission by continually revisiting the script. Ultimately, my goal is to present a clear and rich interpretation of “Out on a Limb.”
Q: What have been your favorite moments from the production?
A: Listening to the read-through with the playwright was one of my favorite moments not only because it was the first time I heard all the actors speaking their lines together, but because it was the first time Jack’s original play was interpreted by a cast. Truthfully, every moment with the cast since then has been a favorite of mine as we work together to tell the “Out on a Limb” story. Bringing this story to life has been an exhilarating experience that I continue to enjoy at every rehearsal.
Q: What do you want the audience to walk away with?
A: Overall, I hope the audience feels uplifted by the story, and perhaps even inspired to overcome adversity in their own lives. Healing, forgiving yourself and others and living life to the fullest are all themes of the show that could make a difference in someone’s life.
Q: What are you taking away from this experience?
A: There’s definitely a lot to be gained from my directing experience. As I pursue a career as an actor and musical theatre performer, being on the other side of the table gives me valuable insight into presenting myself at auditions and callbacks along with developing and portraying characters. Similarly, as I build my career as a choreographer, and potentially a director—or both—student-directing provides me with a wealth of knowledge and experience. I’m learning about blocking, running rehearsals, collaborating and communicating, and technical skills such as scenic design, costumes, lighting, and sound.
“Out on a Limb” runs in North Central’s Madden Theatre in the Fine Arts Center at 171 E. Chicago Ave. in Naperville from May 2-5. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and can be purchased online, by visiting the box office at the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center or by calling 630-647-SHOW (7469).