Bit Players — the books series, this blog, and the Pinterest page — are all about the stage: how we feel when we’re on it, and how we feel when we’re watching a performance. But anyone who’s been involved in a show knows, it’s not all about the actual shows. The weeks and sometimes months leading up to opening night provide half the fun, some aggravation, and most of the work.
Today, I announce a blog within a blog, to take you into that special world of stage production. “LeBlonde Blog” will follow my local high school’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, from planning to performance. The school is in a central MA town I’ll call Smalltown, just like my main character Sadie Perkins does in the Bit Players novels.
At this point, the show is just an idea. It hasn’t even been announced officially. But some very important steps are occurring, like the first meeting of the new “cast” of directors: Our new director needs to connect with the music director and choreographer, both of whom have been involved with the school’s shows before. The school has yet to find a “stable” director since the founder of the program dropped out a few years ago for personal reasons. By “stable”, I don’t mean mentally, just that for one reason or another, no director has lasted more than one show. I have high hopes for this new one, who I’ll call Mr. D. He has tons of experience, including working with students, and lives in the area.
That’s enough for my short Chapter 1. I’ll post at least weekly with show updates. I’ll continue to blog about other topics as they come up, but for the next few months, we’ll have Legally Blonde on our minds here at Bit Players. Follow along and watch the production come to life.