10 Things We’ve Learned…

Ten Things I learned from our school tour of ALBUM / dix leçons apprises, entre autres, lors de la tournée de ALBUM :

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Peace and love dudes, peace and love.

  1. Things are even better when every team member invests 100% of their time, energy and commitment to the creative adventure at hand.  // Tout marche encore mieux lorsque tous les Tintamarrathoniens et Tintamarrathoniennes mettent de côté leurs va-et-vient et brouhaha particuliers.
  2. Ne te fais pas trop de soucis à propos de la réception scolaire d’une bonne fable théâtrale, quelque peu ‘comique’ qu’elle soit. // The story’s the thing, wherein to capture the imagination, and the emotions, of the audience.
  3. Don’t be too concerned with pre-show anxiety caused by the question “Will they be engaged if it’s not often explicitly funny?”  Too many ‘laugh-lines’ can establish expectations that are not always easily satisfied.  //  Un contemporain de Molière expliquait que le grand génie comique faisait “rire dans l’âme.”
  4. (Merci à Luke!) Vive le bomb-diggedy! //  Spectators are best placed to describe what happened on stage.
  5. When all 24 audiences are intensely silent during a moving dénouement, and at other times, the troupe has done something very right. // Le silence profond du public – non pas ‘l’autre’ silence, de ceux qui décrochent – peut être trente-six fois plus puissant que tous leurs applaudissements.
  6. Nous avons la nostalgie d’une époque trop lointaine où les gens chantaient en travaillant : le métro-boulot-dodo a remplacé le boulot-mélodie-boulot. //  What joy to hear actors sing while they work, off-stage as well as on!
  7. Theatre that is poor (Apologies to Grotowski) and hand-made can also be vital, perhaps even more vital. Although the term ‘hand-made’ had been used before, this year it entered our lexicon. // Vive le dépouillement, le théâtre pauvre, le théâtre artisanal!
  8. Qu’importe le temps lorsqu’on est complètement engagé? //  How else can one explain all that was achieved during and after such a short rehearsal period?
  9. Simple metaphors can be the most powerful.  //  Le va-et vient et le brouhaha.
  10. N’aie pas trop peur du verbe ‘aimer.’ //  The term ‘tintamour’ now seems to have general acceptance.

-Alex Fancy

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