Me, Myself, and I & The 24 Play Festival

This past weekend was certainly a crazy one.  Not only was I gearing up for finals week, but I was on set Friday for the student film "Me, Myself, and I," and that same Friday I embarked on Theatre Lab and The Players Project Theatre Company's 24 Hour Play Festival as an actor.  Below are some pictures from the set courtesy of Gaby Deimeke Photography.

In "Me, Myself, and I," I played the main characters girlfriend Jenny who decides to break up with him after he fits her a picture of himself for her birthday.  Everything for me was inside; which was awesome as it was pretty shitty outside.  I feel for the cast and crew that had to be out in it for any length of time.  The role was easy enough I have a vast amount of experience in regards to the art of heartbreaking, so we finished up my part around 4pm giving me enough time to go grab something to eat before I spent a good part of the night at Webster Groves High School where the festival took place.  So, just a little bit more about Theatre Lab and The Players Project Theatre Company.

The Players Project Theatre Company's Mission: St Louis's Urban Theater Project with a mission to explore collaborative creativity by bringing together talent from all over the St Louis area.

Theatre Lab: is an actor-driven theatre company that allows for shows and projects to be: conceived, produced, performed and directed by our actors, here in STL. -"We are actors. We're different."

 

Right after we drew for shows.

Alright, back to it, Friday night we drew for shows and I landed in the drama Trinity Park, by Wendy Renee whose setting was in a park, written for 3 women, and holiday prop was a candy cane.  The revolves around Cici, Bailey, and Ruby, three sisters, who are asked by their mother to reconcile after two years of not speaking to one another.  When Bailey and Ruby head to the park they discover that their oldest sister Cici is homeless, and drama ensues.  Our director was phenomenal, and I'm so glad I got to work with her.  As I am not a formally/collegiately trained actress I missed out on a lot of the exercises that other who are trained do, and our director did a great job of integrating them into our process; which helped me develop a depth and intentionality that I don't I would have have been able to find so quickly otherwise.  The rest of Friday night went by fast.  We blocked, we conquered, we got of there by 10 and went to bed (maybe not that.)  I told myself before I started this that I was going to memorize the night before so that I could sleep on it, because once that happens the words are stuck up in my brain, but of course that didn't happen, so I got up early-ish the next morning and punched the lines into my skull.  After everything seemed to just fly by.  We ran and ran and ran our lines.  We went over the blocking.  Then it was time for tech; which went great, and then food, and then show.  It was all over with so fast that after it was over I didn't really know what to think, but after going and sitting down to watch all the rest of the shows, I was overwhelmingly impressed by everyone.  These were 20 minute shows that people took and created something spectacularly funny, creepy, a mixture of both, and dramatic all in 24 hours.  That's insane to me.  So, I applaud everyone that was involved.  I had an absolute blast, and I hope one day I'll get to do this again.

Ruby Van Dweller Day 2

Ruby Van Dweller is now wrapped!  Day 2 of 2 went down this past Friday and it was pretty great.  This day was focused more on scene work and dialogue between Mrs. Filch and I; which worried me a bit, because the day before we shot I was still sounding like a pre-pubescent boy.  Thankfully/Hopefully I pulled it together for that day, but I guess we'll have to see come spring when Ruby gets an audience.  We also spent all day at the same location, as opposed to the first day which we spent jumping between several locations.  I think it was nice on ours cars since last weekend we had to jump a few along the way.  The weekend weather was kinder to us not that it did much good because we were working with mainly interior shots.  I feel like this shoot day was harder for me as an actor as we were tackling all of the meaningful scenes between Filch and Ruby.  The same scenes I'd been having trouble clicking together going into shooting.  It was helpful, because as the writer, acting I knew that I could disregard my words and work more within the objective of the scene, and being on set I could encourage Vickie (Mrs. Filch) to do the same.  After shooting this weekend I'm still not positive how these dramatic scenes between Filch and I will click, but I'm confident Lauren our director will make it work.

This is a little off topic, but I would like to give compliments to our hosts Laure, Gaby, and Kelsey for feeding us on awesome dinner of Pig in a Blankets and Mac N' Cheese.  Nothing could be more perfect for a bunch of starving college kids, and personally I haven't had a Pig in a Blanket since I was in elementary school.

After dinner we did start to run a bit late.  I blame it on our camaraderie.  By the end of this shoot everyone for the most part was getting along pretty well, and that made shooting enjoyable, but it also made things run slower.  We were supposed to wrap around 10:30 and we didn't quite get there until 12:00am or so and shit I was tire.  Lauren, Gaby, and Kelsey were gracious enough to lend me their couch for the night, so I just rolled over while everyone was waiting for the last card dump and I conked out hardcore.

Again check out the pictures at the Gallery Page!

Ruby Van Dweller Day 1

I really wanted to get this post out last Saturday, but a virus knocked me on my ass, and I've spent the past week in haze of switching between nodding off to Netflix, and staring at the back of my eyelids, but things are on the up and up and I have some wonderful pictures to share from the first day of shooting from Ruby Van Dweller.

Our day started at roughly 9:00 a.m. with some french braided pigtails and brutal temperatures.  The bulk of this day was all about the van dwelling, so we spent most of it outside; which if the weather felt like it looked, would have been perfect.  It was a little bit nippy, but thank God for blankets  and hot chocolate.  One thing is for certain I did love getting back in front of the camera.

I don't understand people who only want to act for one medium.  I think that both theatre and film have their benefits, and doing them back to back has highlighted them really well.  I have an almost cartoonishly expressive face, so film provides a nice challenge in regards to subtlety as well as the opportunity to get exactly the right performance that you want.  It's very different from theatre where you get instant rewards for your performance every night through audience applause, laughter, and have this sort of new age energy link with people you've never met before.

Tomorrow is our second and last of shooting for Ruby Van Dweller, and with enough coffee and antibiotics I think it'll be a good one.  Below are a collection of pictures taken by Gaby Deimeke Photography.  Gaby was our on set photographer and she did a kick ass job covering the shoot Friday, and hopefully we'll have some more pictures from our shoot tomorrow.

For pictures visit the Gallery Page!

New Line Theatre Show Tune Challenge

So, you may be asking yourself "What the eff is she doing?"  Recently I did Bonnie & Clyde with New Line Theatre, and the director Scott Miller had an idea for fundraising.  Instead of dumping a bucket full of ice on our heads; why don't we film ourselves singing show tunes.  Now, for some letting the world hear you belt out your favorite tune might be the equivalent of dumping ice on your head, but for others it sounds like a great idea.  In a nutshell this is how this video came into existence.

With that being said I would like to CHALLENGE EVERYONE! to complete the New Line Theatre Show Tune Challenge.  Post a video of yourself doing your favorite show tune to Facebook, and challenge your friends.  Have fun!  I know I did.

I've had a few people voice concerns to me that it is kind of skeevy to be doing this, because it devalues the ALS ice bucket from which this challenge is derived.  While I'd love to sum this up with "Imitation is the best form of flattery," I know that isn't going to cut it, so here is my explanation.  Bandwagon philanthropy has the primary purpose of raising awareness, and as a small local theatre company New Line Theatre needs that.  I would like to remind everyone that New Line Theatre is a non-profit organization, so no one is profiting off of any donations made.  Lastly some people may think that since this is not a disease, such as ALS, that it isn't something we should be donating to, but millions of philanthropic dollars go to arts in the community each year.  Just because this may be an organization you're unfamiliar with doesn't mean it deserves any less attention.

 

All the Best,

Larissa White

Ruby Van Dweller the Saga Begins

Student film production season has arrived at Webster University, and my first project is Ruby Van Dweller.  I'm super excited for it, not only because I get to act in it a Miss Ruby, but also because this is the first short film I've ever written.  The director, Lauren Hayes, is one of my best friends here at Webster, so when she asked me if I wanted to write her film of course I said yes.  When we sat down to decide what this movie was going to be we had a little bit of a block, so we started with the character first.  It was smooth sailing for awhile until we got to hobbies that our character would have and got stuck again, so we searched the internet for some interesting hobbies, and at the bottom of one of the many lists that we sifted through was van dwelling.

Van Dwelling: is a lifestyle of living full or part-time in a wide variety of vehicles, mainly cargo vans that have been modified with basic amenities like house batteries, a bed platform, some form of toilet, sink and storage space.

We may both may be crazy, because immediately this sounded brilliant to us on a personal level.

On a side note we may move to L.A. after we graduate and van dwell, because really there is no better time and place for that.

That is how our story got its name, and base.  From there we crafted her situation, and it pretty much worked itself out after that.  That was all back in September, and since then Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical happened, and honestly this project creeped up on me, but I am in full Van Dweller mode now, and this week is packed with last minute preparations before we shoot Friday.

What To Look Forward To

  1. Ruby's Costume a.k.a The Style of Savers
  2. Shoot Week Detox
  3. First Day of Filming
  4. Day Two of Filming
  5. Guest Post from Director Lauren Hayes
  6. Ruby Van Dweller the Script
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Website Launch

Launchinga website is exciting for anyone, but as a 20 year old college student trying to attain her dreams as a successful artist it the key to the beginning of a career.  I've been looking to creating a website for some time, and now that I can't decide if I want to act or sing or write a website is a perfect place to let me advertise all of them.

On here you'll find a lifetime (a couple years) of work including samples of my writing; whether it be plays or films.  Samples of my singing; which is anywhere from pop to musical theatre to jazz, and my acting reel.  Feel free to take a look at them, and if you're interested in working with me shoot me a message/email, and I will get back to you as soon as humanly possible.

Hopefully I will also keep this blog up to date with different articles on creative advice, and the projects I'm working on whatever they may be.

Best Wishes,
Larissa White