Have you ever been on a blind date? How about a bad blind date? Check
Please, co-directed by Braiden Fisher and Edna Gill, has everything you
have ever wanted (or not wanted) when it comes to online dating.
Told through alternating dates, Check Please follows the story of GUY and GIRL as they navigate the
stormy waters of blind relationships. Have
you ever tried to have dinner with a mime?
What about a kleptomaniac? Why
don’t you sit down and listen as someone tries to talk in only movie quotes?
“Anyone who has dated can relate in someway to [the show],”
Edna Gill says senior musical theatre major.
Concerning the five-day rehearsal period she told me, “It has been
crazy, but also exciting to see how much can be accomplished in that amount of
time. It’s a really fun show.”
The cast of Check
Please started rehearsal Monday the 7th, and they open this
Thursday, the 17th. That gave
them only a week and a half of rehearsals to put the show completely
together. Both the cast and crew have worked
hard with the limited time allotted, and the student-directors have been
challenged to plan everything in the one-week time frame. It is nothing like the usual four-week
rehearsal process, which gives time to address table work and memorization and blocking
in equal amounts. Instead, actors were
expected to be off-book (completely memorized) for the first rehearsal, which
allowed the directors to focus on content and blocking.
I asked Braiden Fisher senior musical theatre major, why he
wanted to co-direct this show, and what it has been like working with such a
small space (Skiles Building). “It would
give me directing experience and possibly more opportunities in the future,” he
told me. “Working in a small space is
surprisingly more difficult, because not only is it small but it’s also in the
round. You have to deal with audience in
Check Please runs
Thursday (9/17), Friday (9/18), and Saturday (9/19) at 7:30pm—Round Room, Skiles Building. House opens at 7:00pm.
Students and faculty are free. Chapel credit available.