Thursday, January 11, 2018
Yesterday, the props crew took a little excursion out of Birmingham-Southern. Will Vogel is the head of props crew and his team consists of: Rachel McKelvy, Cosette Bolt, Rose Simpson, and Annie Norris. We were on the hunt for two things! Lavender candles and a scale. Lavender candles are much harder to find than one might expect. We looked at the Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and Walmart and there wasn't a lavender candle in sight. However, we did find the scale. The team broke up. Will, Cosette, and Rachel went looking for the scale, and Rose and Annie were scavenging through lavender candles in hope they might find two. Right across from the candle aisle, there was a shelf of GIANT, life-sized stuffed animals. Naturally, Rose and Annie were drawn to these and began to look through them. Will, Cosette, and Rachel came back with the scale and Rose and Annie informed them there were no lavender candles, so they checked out with the scale and left. 20 minutes later. The gang was just about to turn back into school when Rose exclaimed, "I left my backpack at Walmart!!!" Everyone groaned and asked if she was sure, and Rose was definitely sure. We turned around and everyone ran into Walmart frantically. Low and behold, the backpack was right where Rose had left it. The giant, life-sized stuffed animal shelf. Everyone burst out in laughter, and thankfully, nothing was taken from Rose's backpack. It was definitely an interesting afternoon, but we got what we needed! Everything but the lavender candles.
Friday, January 5, 2018
Yesterday, the cast and crew of "Never Have I Ever" had the opportunity to sit down with eating disorder and addiction specialist, Leslie Plaia. With all of the hustle and bustle of getting the show ready, it can be easy to forget the powerful content of the play. By meeting with Leslie, the cast was able to find deeper connection with their characters, as well as learn some things about themselves. It was not required for the crew to attend, yet every crew member was there. It was truly something no one wanted to miss out on. As college students, almost everyone could relate to at least one of the topics she was explaining, and it was interesting to see which ones they were. Long story short, meeting with Plaia was something necessary for everyone in the production. It reminded us that we have the ability to put on a powerful, passionate show that displays the issue of eating disorders and shed light on an issue that is generally swept under the rug.