ASCOTS: Assemble!

The ASC Old Timers are back in town, getting ready to do in three days what the campers do in three weeks. We’ve only been convened for about 16 hours, but we’ve managed to have a BBQ, reveal our show (The Tempest), cast that show (by picking roles out of a mug), assign secret sonnets, and get well into being Ralph’d.

Welcome BBQ at Adrienne’s house.

Getting Ralph’d over breakfast.

I must confess, The Tempest has never been my favorite. I’m excited to tackle it with this intrepid group of ASCOTS in order to discover the joy and love within this play I’ve never really enjoyed or loved. Apparently, Ralph used to share my lackluster opinion of this particular Shakespearean saga only to recently have his eyes opened to this play’s unique beauty. 

What is The Tempest about? Forgiveness. This is a play about forgiveness.

– Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen

The casting mug spoketh and thus it spake.

We’ll be performing this opus at the Blackfriars Playhouse THIS SATURDAY (August 12) at midnight. Join us! It’s free, fantastical, fierce, and fun.

Click here to go to the Facebook event.

“You met with things dying, I with things new born.”

Auditions, casting, and read-throughs… oh my! The start of the session sure is busy busy busy. Peek behind the scenes of a day at camp with these pictures (and a video montage!) from auditions, the final show cast lists, and photos from tonight’s read-thrus.

While I still mourn the end of Session 1, the Session 2 campers capital-B BROUGHT IT during auditions this morning. I keep forgetting talent is not a finite quality — just because the Session 1 campers had it in spades doesn’t mean anybody in Session 2 got the short end of the talent stick. I mean… take a look:


After auditions it’s the lunchtime party, and after the party is the PEG dorm lobby, and round about 5 we gotta leave the lobby and take ourselves to Hunt to post some cast lists.

After posting those cast lists, Vicky and I stayed hard at work creating the Showcase script and getting it cast. Several campers from Session 1 said they wished they’d gotten their Showcase scripts earlier (instead of on our first official rehearsal, which is this Thursday) and unlike some of their other complaints, that’s one I can actually do something about. Hopefully, we’ll be handing out roles by dinnertime tomorrow, and then we’ll be off to the races!

While we were doing that, the campers had their first meeting with their cast, Director, RDA, and Production Intern in order to read through the plays they’ll spend the next three weeks inhabiting. Check it out:

I’m sure the Pestle group was having too much fun to send me any pictures. Well – that’s all for now! See you tomorrow!

The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For

This morning, the campers strutted their stuff for directors, RDAs, and production interns in a collaborative, quadripartite audition.

Needless to say, we saw a lot of talent this morning.

Other Daniel is definitely impressed.

Then, campers went off for their first voice class with ASC veteran actor Allison Glenzer.

I don’t have pictures of the campers at voice class, because I was stuck in The Room Where It Happens. Please accept this photo of Allison orienting the camp staff instead, with my humble apologies.

As I said, while campers were hard at work finding their natural (“cookie”) voices, the staff rolled up sleeves, took off earrings, and prepared for a knock-down, drag-out casting session.

Several hours (and severed limbs) later, we emerged with THE LISTS.

Um… that’s a lovely sign, Daniel, but not exactly what I meant.

That’s more like it.

Campers also saw the lists!

Now, it’s off to dinner and read-throughs. Ta ta for now!