Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

Hey everyone!

Thus far, the run of Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move is going swimmingly—the kids are eating it up! They laugh like crazy throughout the show, and they also have plenty of hilarious things to say when the characters ask them for advice during the show. Honestly, it’s like “Kids Say the Darndest Things” at every single performance.

Here are some of my favorite audience suggestions (so far) about what Alexander should do to avoid moving:

  • “You can do anything you want!”
  • “Punch your brother in the face!”
  • “Play dead!”
  • “Get a job!”

I can’t make this stuff up—it’s too funny! The cast members are all professional actors, but sometimes the kids have such animated and enthusiastic responses that it’s all we can do to keep from cracking up onstage.

This is my first experience working on a children’s show, and it’s a ton of fun… but it’s certainly not easy! In order to keep the kids’ attention, the show’s energy has to be through-the-roof the whole time, which means we have to give every ounce of our focus and physical energy 100% of the time. By the time the 50 minute show is over, we’re all panting and dripping with sweat (attractive, I know). Plus, kids are the toughest critics alive—if they don’t like what you’re doing, they will absolutely let you know while you’re onstage!

On the flipside, they are overwhelmingly excited when they like the show, and that’s definitely the most gratifying part of this whole process. Alexander only runs until April 24th, so call the box office for tickets now!

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In other Orlando Shakes news, PlayFest! The Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays is in full swing! The readings and workshops have been very well attended, and the talkbacks after each reading and workshop have been full of stimulating conversation and tough questions. It’s really exciting for me to see audiences so interested in the playwriting process, and I love seeing people so eager to have a conversation about theatre. The whole thing just warms my little theatre-geek heart! There’s plenty of PlayFest! to be had this weekend—so don’t miss it!

PlayFest Guide Look for the official PlayFest Guide in the April 7 edition of Orlando Weekly or click the image to download it now!

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Meet Kristin Shirilla

Kristin is a recent graduate of Ohio University’s BFA acting program, an Orlando Shakes acting intern for the 2010-2011 season.  Don’t miss her in ALEXANDER WHO’S NOT…GOING TO MOVE as Paul and Swoozie, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM  as Mustardseed or in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE as the spoiled Lydia Bennet. Ohio University credits include THE TEMPEST (Miranda), ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (Octavia, Lepidus, and more) and LOVE’S LABOURS LOST (Moth)

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