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Summary of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

By • Nov 20th, 2007 • Category: Backstage, ShowBizRadio, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday

Listen to Mike and Laura chatting about the experience of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday [MP3 2:19 1.1MB].

Laura: This is the podcast. Mike and I shadowed To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. We are going to kind of do a wrap up and talk about our thoughts and impressions of the whole experience.

Mike: To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday was Port City Playhouse‘s Fall production and they graciously allowed us to shadow the process from the auditions all the way through closing night. We went to the auditions. We interviewed the cast as well and some of the crew. I learned a lot about the theatre and a lot about that show. It was really cool watching that whole thing evolve.

Laura: Mike and I attended the opening night performance. They did a good job. You could still see some hesitancy. They still had not quite meshed together yet. We then saw the closing night performance on Saturday evening. The growth of the actors and the rapport, it was so much fun. They were much more comfortable with each other. The jokes flowed and it was like a whole different performance.

Mike: What I kept saying on Saturday night after the show as I was talking to the different performers was that there were lots of subtleties that were not there on opening night. The audience laughed at totally different spots, including one spot where as they told us, no one had ever laughed before. That’s really kind of funny and I think they did a great job with the show. It was a lot of fun and I’m very thankful that they let us tag along and and be the fly on the wall while they were working on it.

Laura: Throughout this process we did interview all of the cast, the director and the stage manager. We also interviewed the president of Port City Playhouse, Ron Fields. This is Port City’s 30th anniversary and therefore this is kind of a special season for them.

Mike: He did tell us at the cast party on Saturday night after closing that their next show, Wonder of The World, is a hilarious show and we are looking forward to that. It will be opening sometime in 2008.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

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