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Madrigal Script AuthorHow long did it take to write this script?
I decided during the spring that I would write the script for the madrigal. I pretty much started brainstorming that summer, gathering ideas from movies I had seen, books I had read, etc. I didn't start writing until the fall. I wrote about 3 completely different shows; and in the end, I took the parts from each that worked really well, and put them all into one, The Ghost of Glastonbury(Script 5 above). In essence, the actual writing took about 8 months to come up with the actual shooting script.
What inspired you to write a script?
How did you decide what to make your madrigal about?
One of the reasons it took me so long to write the script
was because writing a murder mystery is extremely challenging. You pretty
much have to write it from the end to the beginning starting with who committed
the crime and why, and progressing back through his/her motives and background.
Iím a huge movie buff, so I included a lot of movie references in the script-
everything from Star Wars to Gladiator to The Little Mermaid.
I wanted to write a comical farce for the people who wanted to watch if
for simple amusement, but I wanted it to be intelligent for the people
who really wanted to think about it. Sadly, most people walked away not
realizing exactly everything that was involved or said. If you read through
the script and truly think about what some of the jokes or lines mean that
on the surface, you'll eventually realize the true meaning behind a lot
of what was written. Itís one of those things where you donít completely
understand it until youíve thought about it for a while.
One thing that truly helped me, was I sent out a survey to all members of Chamber Singers, asking them to give me info about how many years of acting experience they've had, what all they have done on stage, and how many lines they'd like- a lot, a few, none, etc. That gave me an idea as to the potential to work with. The next big thing after deciding on the plot, is character development. I created the characters how I wanted them, and then modified them SLIGHTLY (if necessary) to fit the person I thought could play them. I can honestly say that the characters were played exactly how I imagined them to be played. Donít write FOR the people in the show, but develop the characters how you want them, and then make small adjustments if necessary.
Above all, make sure you're writing jokes the audience will not be offended by, and will understand- not necessarily all of them, but enough to spread the humor around to all age groups. The most important thing, however, is that you write a show that the people will enjoy performing night after night. They canít rehearse over and over a show that gets boring or dull after the first few times. It has to be a show where there is a lot of creative potential, where characters can constantly evolve from rehearsal to rehearsal and from performance to performance.
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