Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the RSC Open Stages Skills Exchange in Wales. I was one of ten cast members from Bath Drama’s Romeo & Juliet cast to attend. The workshop was held in Cardiff at the Sherman Cymru Theatre over Saturday and Sunday. We participated in two workshops on both days that included: Stage Combat, Text & Voice, Movement, and Acting. Continue reading
Last month I had the pleasure of directing
my first reading with Bath Drama
since joining the community theatre group last year. Continue reading
I took this self portrait on the roof of the Rondo Theatre in between scenes where I was not on stage during one of our matinee performances. I cannot express in words how much fun I had playing an 18th century princess in the Cinderella Panto and getting to dance around stage in pink and my hair piled high in curls. I honestly try to wear denim trousers as little as possible because of the fact that I love dressing up so much. Perhaps I was born in the wrong era.
Self Portrait: ‘Antoinette’ by Bonnie Rose Photography © 2007 – 2014 All Rights Reserved | http://www.bonnie-rose.co.uk
Last week I was busy with dress rehearsals and our six performances of our Cinderella Panto with Bath Drama at the Rondo Theatre. While I basically grew up in the theatre and majored in it at Uni, it had been around ten years since I had been involved. This became my debut into the theatre community here in Bath, England.
One of the fun things about being involved with a theatre group is attending script readings. Last night my theatre group, Bath Drama, had a rehearsed reading of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. As with the reading I was in last month (A Letter from the General), it was a rehearsed reading that the actors had prepared beforehand. Directed by Judith Howard, the cast of eight brought the show alive with the farce and witty dialogue of Oscar Wilde.
“A trivial comedy for serious people. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are two men that are both pretending to be someone they are not.”
Q: “Have you ever read or seen the Importance of Being Earnest?”
*Photography belongs to Bonnie Rose Photography © 2007 – 2013 All Rights Reserved | http://www.bonnie-rose.co.uk
Yesterday was a milestone moment in my life. It was the first time in ten years that I had been on stage. The last two days I had been involved with Bath Drama for a rehearsed reading of “A Letter From The General” by Malcolm McLoughlin. Monday night we did the first read through with the cast from Bath Drama and Tuesday for an audience. I really enjoyed doing this reading with the wonderful group of talented actors here in Bath and it solidified my decision to get back into theatre.
ABOUT THE PLAY
“The play is set in a Mission Station for orphaned children in “an Eastern Country” during the year 1950. A new Communist government has taken over and there has been persecution of Nuns and Priests throughout the province. The Mission has been cut off from the local village and the orphaned children have been removed. A group of five Irish Nuns run the Mission and their resident Priest, a German national, has been captured and tortured by the Communist regime. The Priest manages to escape and a group of soldiers headed by Captain Lee are sent to the Mission because it is suspected that the Priest will make his way back there. Unbeknown to Captain Lee, the Reverend Mother is already hiding the Priest who managed to reach the Mission before the soldiers. In the meantime the British Consul for the area together with his wife Ruth visits the Mission. The British consul has exit visas for all of the Nuns and, due to the fact that he is unaware of the hidden Priest, cannot understand why the Reverend Mother is reluctant to leave. Ruth begins to suspect that the Nuns professed lack of knowledge regarding the location of the German Priest may not be as truthful as they would have her believe!”
WANT TO ATTEND A READING?
The next play reading will be The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, directed by Judith Howard. The rehearsed reading is on the 19th of November at 730pm in the Hut. Come and enjoy a glass of wine, good company and fine entertainment. Entry is open to all and free.
As I was in the cast for the rehearsed reading, I did not get any photographs of the play but managed a few candids before and after the show. It was a really fun night and look forward to future productions. Enjoy!
*photography belongs to Bonnie Rose of Bonnie Rose Photography © 2007 – 2013 | All Rights reserved – www.bonnie-rose.co.uk
It has been so much fun recapping our 10th Anniversary trip to Wales
with all of you and I am not even half way complete with this series of posts. There is still the whole Vow Renewal
that I have yet to share and it is coming, I promise.
If you have been loving my Wales post make sure to visit my Belinda
who is an expat living in Wales.
However I have been sitting on some really good news for about a month now that in light of my summer holiday and travels keep forgetting to mention. I woke up this morning and decided it was about time I mentioned it on my blog.
f r o m B o n n i e R o s e
If you have been a reader for a while you are familiar with my Weekly Wishes
posts that I do through the Nectar Collective blog link up
. One of my Weekly Wishes
was to get back into the theatre. I basically grew up in community theatres and drama classes through my nomadic childhood in Europe. It was my one constant through all the change and new beginnings. That let me to be a theatre major at Uni where I met my husband in the theatre department. Basically since giving birth to my first born I have not done any theatrical performances. So this summer, after being motivated by my friend Amanda
, I went on my first two auditions in over eight years! I also went to a theatre bbq with one of the drama groups here in Bath, England. It was great just be back around theatre people and to know they are just as extroverted as theatre people in America. It was like finding my niche. I do have one friend here in Bath so far, another expat and the other ‘American’ in my village. Since I have been working from home I have not met a whole lot of other people so far. Which was another pull to get back into the theatre scene. Before I digress to far let me get to my exciting news!
I got a call while I was in Wales from the director of the Cinderella Panto that I auditioned for a week before we left on our trip. I got offered a part! There are three princesses that are vying for the heart of Prince Charming (think the Bachelorette meets a Miss America pageant) and I got offered the role of Princess Carolina. I auditioned saying I would accept a chorus position because I just really wanted to be involved. So the fact that I got a part with lines is really exciting and it is a very fun character to play. Plus I auditioned using my american accent and looks like I will be playing it that way too. I used to go to the Pantos with my dad when I was a young girl growing up in England. It is one of those culture and holiday things specific to England. It just means so much that my first role back in the theatre is in a panto. I know my dad would be so excited for me. Ryan has yet to go to his first panto, so it looks like it might be seeing me in January in Cinderella here in Bath. Thank you to everyone for your well wishes and support through the audition process!
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