First thing, life is back to normal. I can go watch movie, can hang out with friends, or simply stay home and be a couch potato.
It seemed so fast. 2 months of rehearsal felt like 2 weeks. From strangers, we become friends and then, we parted.
Hotaru is different from other productions I did before. When we first did the reading, it was so dull. We looked at each other and thought:"What? How to perform this?" To be frank, it wasn't easy in the beginning. Well, everything is, ain't it? But gradually, once we started to understand the story more, and put up a scene, interesting details started to pop up.
Howie (played by Mark Beu DeSilva) and Vincent (played by me) are good friends. Their interactions always reminded me and my best pal, LX. We were roomates before, we fought and we laughed, sharing each other's good and bad feelings. Just like Howie and Vincent.
In scene 4, when Howie said:"You are getting on my nerve!", Vincent replied:"Yer Yer Yer, don't get so defensive."
"Yer Yer Yer" is actually something LX liked to use in his daily conversation when he disagree or teasing on something. I stole that trick and used it here. :)
In the beginning, I didn't know anybody besides Gowri. I was so brave, I went for the audition and accepted the role. I knew I would have to work with a bunch of strangers. There was a small fear, asking me:"Is it ok that we work with them? We don't event know them." For a while only. Then I just moved on and went for it. There's nothing holding me back now.
In the early stage of rehearsal, we were separetd by groups, based on each scene. Even if 2 groups were reaheasring on the same day, we didn't get to communicate to each other on things other than the play.
Only at the later stage of rehearsal, the scenes were put together and everybody gathered in the same space. We started to know each other. I think our friendship really boom after the preview to Joe and Farida.
Working with Doppo the director is easy and hard.
Easy because he is a great actor himself, when he wanted something from us, not only he could eleborate verbally to us, he could also act it out. That made it clear and easy for us actors.
Hard is his demand for us. He required a lot of deep emotions from us because for Hotaru, the words soemtimes were meaningless. What's important was the emotion one hold.
He also taught us a breathing exercise which I really found it amazing. After few sets, you could really feel your voice become bigger and easy to project.
Then there's Adel, my soul sister. We just knew each other, but I guess there's something in us that attracted each other i.e. Our ability to appreaciate the drakness or dark side of life.
It's like standing under the sun, but we could see the beauty of moon.
We brought laughter around and at the same time, you could sense a peach black river flowing through. I like this methaphore.
When Doppo told me "Vincent is the only character that could express his emotions openly." I wasn't quite understand. Until the very end of rehearsal, 2 weeks before show, it suddenly made sense to me. Vincent would be the one character that lit up the scene when he's on stage. And he did. I am proud of him.
Deep down inside my heart, i really like this production. I hope it will re-run. (Mark & Nur:"NO!!!!!!!!!!!!")
I miss you guys, always.