Learning ASL Fingerspelling

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By , June 24, 2009 9:04 am

I’ve finished reading The Miracle Worker, the show I’ll be stage managing for Fauquier Community Theatre (auditions in October 2009, show opens in mid-January 2010). Annie Sullivan spends a lot of time teaching Helen, and Helen’s mother, words using the letters of American Sign Language. So now I’m starting to teach myself ASL fingerspelling. My five year old niece gave me my first lesson, she spells very quickly! I found a useful page at the Wikipedia page for the ASL alphabet. Hopefully by auditions, I’ll be capable, if not proficient.

Light Board Operator/Tech Crew for ACT’s Seascape

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By , June 20, 2009 8:15 am

To fill out the rest of my summer, I’ll be running the light board and helping with miscellaneous duties on the crew for load-in for American Century Theater’s Seascape, running July 29th through August 22nd. I’m really looking forward to working with a new group, and doing new things.

The amazing thing is the way the schedule worked out. The load-in is the day after my current show (Shakespeare in Hollywood) closes, and then the strike for Seascape is the day before auditions for my Fall show Arcadia.

TD Shakespeare in Hollywood with NWTG

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By , June 10, 2009 12:00 am

I was planning to stage manage a show in Manassas this summer. But the weekend before the first rehearsal, the show was cancelled due to financial concerns from the Board. So I scrambled, networked, and searched, and applied for a few positions. I am now the Tech Director for NoVa Woodbridge Theatre Group‘s July production of Ken Ludwig’s comedy Shakespeare in Hollywood. TD is a new position for me, but so far I’m enjoying it. I met with the directors tonight to discuss the set. It looks like we’re going to use a mixture of mounted flats, scrims, and periactoids. I’ll post more details over the next week.

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