COMPANY "MINI-MISSIONS"
(other goals above and beyond the analysis)

1) TRANSPARENCY 

We try hard to keep the audience fully aware of what is going on behind-the-scenes...and we aren't just talking about teaser trailers. An actor is struggling with lines - we are having trouble overcoming a tech problem - we can't find a special prop piece - we overcame an obstacle - it's ALL out there! 

Why?

Well, for a few reasons. First, this helps the actors relax during the rough parts of rehearsal. If they are relieved of having to keep up a facade of perfection, which is NEVER the case even for the big shot companies out there, the actors can keep their focus on what truly matters during a production, which is doing their best to tell a great story, NOT to prove anything about themselves. 

Second, the audience can learn about what goes into making a show possible, which allows them to gain a better appreciation for and understanding of the art. This helps remove "art elitism" - i.e. art is better when it is obscure and unclear, leaving the audience to awe at the art simply because they don't understand it. If art does not deliver a message, there is no real profit to viewing it. Part of appreciating this message is in understanding how much work it took to creating its delivery. 

Third, if the audience knows the struggles we've faced along the way, they are more inclined to be what I call "on our side." They can root for the actors to succeed as if they were friends, instead of seeing a mistake or hiccup and immediately write the play off as being unprofessional. Again, this point is a mark against art elitism...we are all fallible human beings, and no one is better or worse because of the platform they stand on. 

We keep our audience informed about behind-the-scenes happening through social media and enewsletters. Like our Facebook page or sign up for email updates to be part of this mission of transparency! 

2) HONESTY

Why is 'honesty' a mission? 

The theater world somehow breeds a toxic environment of gossip. One actor doesn't like another actor, or, more commonly, actors have issues with the director or stage manager...and the last ones to know about it are the people the complaints are about. A sense of entitlement and pride gets in the way of being open with each other. The actors forget that their acting should be kept to the stage, not with each other as they 'act' that everything is OK. This is not only unhelpful for theater in particular, where the performance hinges upon good relationships, but this is a sin that displeases God. 

Although I try hard to keep open communication with my cast and crew, remaining approachable and actively listening to their concerns, honesty is a hard mission to accomplish. Time and time again, I am the last to know about a concern. And time and time again, I call a one-on-one talk or a group meeting with those who have the concerns, and we find a solution as a team. Sometimes there is embarrassment, and sometimes there is denial, but the results are long-lasting and relieving. Honesty always works out better in the end, and apologies for miscommuncation and tempers go a long way.

3) SELF-INITIATION  

People MUST be responsible to accomplish theater - show up on time, practice lines, etc. But with the way The Company rehearsals run, self-initiation cannot be stressed enough. Practicing on one's OWN time, either alone or in a group, is the only way that the show will succeed.

Our rehearsals are few and sometimes far between compared to other companies. These rehearsals focus primarily on character development and blocking. They DO NOT help you memorize lines, which is often what many rehearsals a week accomplish through its repetition. A show with The Company can take place with as few as 15 on-location rehearsals from start to finish in some cases. It is up to YOU to meet with the other actors for line runs, record your lines and listen to them in the car, or do whatever it takes for you to get those lines in your head. You WILL be given lines at least a month before the first day of rehearsals to get a jump on memorizing, but once we start meeting, THINGS MOVE FAST!

Having fewer rehearsals allow even the busiest theater enthusiast to have the chance at a show, which lets a wider range of people participate in the opportunity. It also allows for less stress - being able to set your own schedule for memorization and only a handful of grilling rehearsals to shape everything. With less stress, the chances of good chemistry and longsuffering are heightened. Furthermore, self-initiation is an important character trait to have in many other aspects of life, and practicing it with theater is probably easier than having to master it when you are faced with truly pressing life responsibilities.