The Adventure Begins... by David Johns


Auditions are now over – we had almost 90 people sign up! Thank you to all who came out, and congratulations to all those that were cast. I spent a majority of my “free” time over the weekend and Monday night putting 65+ packets together for first cast meeting, which was last night. (Anyone that wants to help with packets next show – let me know. I’ll take all the help I can get!) Last night was also our first music rehearsal. Y’all, this cast already sounds really good! I’m excited to see how they sound with some more time to practice under their belts.

I will say, I’m not really the “blogging” type and coming up with stuff to write about, so if you have something you want to know about, or have questions, please leave them in the comments. I want this blog to be informative, helpful, interesting, etc. so I need to know what you want to know about.

‘Til next time…


We’re Back At It by David Johns


Well, it’s almost time for Hunchback auditions. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks prepping the script and music, getting paperwork together for auditions and packets, looking over each audition form as they have come in, and I spent about 6 hours copying scripts and music (if you’re cast, you can thank me later.)

While getting ready for a show is work, I am getting excited for this show to start. Having read through the script at least five times in the last two weeks, I have become very familiar the story and the characters, and can’t wait to see who gets to bring these different characters in to existence. While I don’t know the music (yet), Dr. G and others have raved about it, and that makes me eager to hear it come alive with the kind of sound that FMT ensembles can create. Joel and his crew have also already begun construction on the set, and it is going to be INCREDIBLE.

I know that for many, auditions are a stressful time – trying to pick the right song, waiting for your turn to sing, worrying about the allergies that are bothering you, or (my personal big fear) worried that you won't learn the dance sequence well enough. Best advice I can give – take a deep breath, and just be you. The fear doesn’t go away, but don’t let the fear control you or make you shrink away. Regardless of what happens on Friday or Saturday, you are still loved, and that’s the most important thing of all.

See you this week!


It's Almost Time! by David Johns


Well, we open in 8 days! The cast is almost ready, the set is almost ready... we're this close. If you've seen some of the pictures and videos on our Facebook page, you may have noticed some changes to the typical layout of the seating area. We have moved some things around to make this a more immersive show, including seats on the stage itself! (If you're allergic to cats, just take a Benadryl... you'll be fine!)  We've also brought out a theme in the show, bringing together what can seem like a disjointed show otherwise.

Over the next days, we are going to be putting the finishing touches on everything - sets, lighting, choreography and singing, etc. to put together a fantastic show for our patrons. While this part of the show means that we are all spending a lot of time at the theatre (and not all of us are as young as we used to be!), this is the rehearsal period I like the most, where all the separate parts come together in to a cohesive production. We figure out set and scene changes, costume changes, where the offstage traffic jams are; even things like when we have time to grab water after a particularly challenging dance sequence. It makes me think back to working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier – you have to keep your head on a swivel and be aware of multiple things at once if you want to survive.

As the Stage Manager, it is my responsibility to oversee all of the craziness, tweaking as we go to make sure that everyone is able to be where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there. I can’t, and don’t, do it alone, though. I am blessed to have not only other FMT staff members that help carry that load, but also a cast that takes ownership of their role offstage as well as onstage. Having more mature cast members helping younger ones know what they are doing, theatre veterans (young and old) giving new cast members pointers and helping their cast mates along the way makes my job that much easier. We don’t have many cast members that say “that’s not my job”, and everyone pulling the same way on the same rope helps us all move the show in the right direction. The end result is a show we can all be extremely proud of, and a production that you will hopefully walk away inspired by.