In the last week of preparation for the cast of “Turkey Shorts” for their upcoming consecutive weekends of performances this month, Ty Potter, the Outreach Coordinator of the Student Production Association explained that not much preparation time has been needed. After two weeks of holding actively changing scripts and building the right roles for the actors involved, their confidence in performing these short plays is apparent as opening night is quickly approaching.
“Turkey Shorts” this term will be seven short productions around 10 minutes long, with one devised piece around 20 minutes long. The director, Cullen Vance, said merely two minutes after deciding that the 20 minute piece would be named “The Call of Life.”
“Over the past five weeks we have been using different improvisational composition methods, mainly viewpoints. We created, just based off of what was happening in the moment, a theatrical piece which is about 20 minutes long,” Vance said.
When casting for “The Call of Life,” Vance explained he wasn’t casting for roles, but instead for chemistry.
“This show will never exist again, and it never existed before this. If we all got together next year, it would still be a completely different show,” Eric Braman, an actor involved with the devised piece, said.
“There is a little bit of anxiety that comes with playwrights making changes to the script. That’s something not a lot of actors get to deal with. They’re not used to having a playwright that’s live, that’s physically in the room with us to change it,” Potter said.
“Every audience is different. That’s the challenge for actors, to gauge their audience and to make sure they’re entertained. One of the best quotes I’ve ever heard is ‘Give a performance if it’s for 1,000 people, or if it’s for one person,’” Potter said when questioned about her expectations of the audience.
The budget for “Turkey Shorts” is surprisingly non-existent Potter explained. It is the smallest budget SPA has. Essentially, SPA would rather save the money and give it to the larger shows.
Performances in Building 6 at the Blue Door Theater begin Nov. 10 – 13, and again Nov. 17 – 20. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday show begins at 2 p.m. Online ticket sales for this show end two hours prior, but tickets will still be available at the door 30 minutes before.