Someone once said, "You only get one shot at making a first impression." Makes sense. When I worked professionally in Los Angeles it was always about the first fifteen seconds when you walked into a room... didn't matter what room .... casting call, meet and greet with a director, first day on a set, screening for a film. What "first impression" you were making with people in that fifteen seconds. ... that is what stuck with people. Hard to change someone's mind after those first fifteen seconds. That idea of making a memorable "first impression" is what has carried over for the rest of my life, and it has carried over into my work as a director.
For me, every production is about the first fifteen seconds. It's the set up for the audience as to what the tone of the evening is going to be and what to expect. In CHAPTER TWO we get to make a "first impression" twice....once with the opening video and once when we walk on stage. Dave is freaking out reading this right now because he is the first actor on stage ... breathe.
Yesterday, we re-worked the first fifteen seconds of the actors coming on at the conclusion of the video and it gave me goosebumps. Steve and Dave work so well together that I would be jealous if it wasn't for the fact I get to direct them and work with each of them. Sorry Frances, it's just that they get the first fifteen seconds, we get the next. :)
This has been an amazing journey for me, and I am sure the other three points on the compass feel the same way. I plan on making the most of every rehearsal we have left, and every performance we have of this show... because even though there will be other productions in the future... this will always be our first.
21 days (three weeks) until we open and make our "first impression."