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The Foreigner – My Experience

Posted Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Last night I was able to finally watch a complete performance of The Foreigner. It. Was. Awesome. The house was completely packed, so you definitely want to get there early (doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm). I’d already seen the show when I had sat in on a practice a few weeks back, but the final production was astounding. Everybody played their parts perfectly. I didn’t catch a single instance where an actor broke character or forgot their lines. As well, the set was fantastic. It captured the entire mood of the play very well. (And the deer during intermission was very entertaining.)

One thing that is different between a practice and a finalized show is the audience. The Friday night audience was great. There were a couple moments where the amount of laughter was just ridiculous. People were clapping and whistling with enjoyment and with good reason. The play manages to walk a delicate line between comedy and drama. A play that can make you laugh one moment and then send chills down your spine the next is definitely worth seeing. It was definitely one of the most professional performances I’ve ever seen.

Unfortunately, I was not able to take any pictures (since cameras can distract the actors quite severely), but here are a couple pictures take by the super awesome David Ulmer during a dress rehearsal.

© 2011 David Ulmer All Rights Reserved

Click here to check out the rest of the album.

 

The final production is tonight! If you haven’t seen The Foreigner yet, hurry out and try to get a ticket! (Though they might already be sold out. Try Jo’s Java, since Watson’s is definitely sold out.) This show does everything right and reflects perfectly how much time and effort each member of the cast and crew has put into it. I have certainly enjoyed my time covering and being a part of this production.

To put it simply, the show is “remarkable!”

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Gemma Heilmer Senior Interview

Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Gemma has been an awesome addition to any show that she’s been in. She constantly pulls out awesome characters and epic performances. The amazing Jamie Fuller recently sat down with Gemma for her senior interview. Here’s a bit of what happened:

 

JF: What are your plans after college?

GH: I still kind of have no clue at all. I’ve got thoughts. My biggest fans, aka Mr. and Mrs. Wiegand, are always like, ‘When are you moving to New York? When are you going to do this in New York?’ And, of course, I’m pretty realistic and realize it’s near impossible to actually, really, make it doing this. So I don’t know. I definitely need to get out of Greenville. I’ve been here for 22 years. I need a city. I need culture. I need activities. And bright lights.

I’m thinking St. Louis because I’m thinking about a job as an editor. I would love to be the beauty editor of a magazine.

JF: That’s cool! Do you still want to be involved in theatre after college?

GH: Heck yes. I can’t ever, ever, ever seeing myself stopping. Ever. Ever.

JF: What’s your ideal role? What’s the one role you want to play no matter what?

GH: I want to play everything. I want to do things that are challenging, things that are provocative, things that are really difficult and will make me break down and freak out, but then grow and learn something from them. That’s what I want. I want to do everything. Bring it on.

 

The full interview can be read here. Make sure to watch Gemma in The Foreigner running through November 12th (Saturday!). Tickets are $5 for GC and $7 for everyone else and can be purchased at Jo’s Java, Watson’s Drugstore, or at the door. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Make sure not to miss out on the comedic experience of a lifetime!

Congratulations, Gemma! You’ve had a wonderful career here at GC. May you have the best of luck in the future!

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Nathan Ondracek Senior Interview!

Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

The last two interviews with Nathan were pretty great, right? Well, there’s more! The theatrical and super awesome person Jamie Fuller recently sat down with Mr. Ondracek for his senior interview. Here’s a little snippet of what happened:

 

JF: So you still want to be involved in theatre after college?

NO: Yeah. I would definitely be involved with theatre if given the chance. I would like to do both at the same time if possible. I could be Hugh Jackman! Without three claws or glorious muscles.

JF: I’m glad you said it so I didn’t have to.

NO: He has trainers. I don’t have trainers. Once I become famous, they’ll give me trainers.

JF: And muscles.

NO: And muscles.

JF: It’s part of the contract.

NO: Yup.

 

If you want to read the whole thing, click here. While you’re at it, why not like the Greenville College’s Factory Theatre page? It’s free and it’ll keep you up to date with all the theatre news.

Make sure to catch Nathan at The Foreigner, November 9-12. Tickets are a mere $5 for GC and $7 for everyone else. They can be purchased at Jo’s Java, Watson’s Drugstore, or at the door. Speaking of doors, they open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Be sure not to miss it!

Once again, Congrats to Nathan on a wonderful career here. You will be missed.

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Foreigner Interview Extras!

Posted Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Couldn’t get enough of the video interview with Nathan? Well, you’re in luck! Here are some of the extra questions that didn’t make it into the original video:

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Be sure to watch Nathan and a whole cast of other great actors at The Foreigner, November 9-12! (That means tomorrow!) If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, make sure to go to Jo’s Java, Watson’s, or the DC at select times. Tickets are just $5 for students and $7 for everyone else. After you have your tickets, head on over to the Factory Theatre and grab a seat (doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30). I’ll be going on Friday, so be sure to say hi if you see me. Yeah!

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Foreigner Interview with Nathan

Posted Saturday, November 5th, 2011

I was recently able to interview one of the lead actors from the upcoming Foreigner production. Watch the video below to see inside the mind of Nathan Ondracek.

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Like he said, the performances are on November 9-12, just a few days away! Be sure to grab your tickets as soon as you can from Watson’s, Jo’s Java, or select times at the DC.

Also, be on the lookout for another video featuring some extra questions from the interview coming out soon. Thanks again, Nathan!

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