I've mentioned briefly in a past blog that I co-founded a theater company with 8 of my friends. We actually came together by a joke about running our own Rocky Horror Picture Show, the production that brought us all together as a group in the first place. Almost 2 years later, we had our own company and put on our very first show - a production of the very same shadowcast: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Getting this off the ground wasn't easy. There is a lot of work that goes into creating a company. Yes, picking shows is fun. Yes, casting shows is exciting. Yes, saying that we accomplished something is very rewarding, but it's not all fun and games. Anyone who thinks this is easy or simple doesn't understand what goes on behind the scenes.
Before anything can be announced we had to come up with a name, a logo, build the company from the ground up. A name and a logo are nice but without bylaws, an idea of what we're doing, and a purpose, they really mean nothing. Eight months we stayed quiet with only very close friends knowing we existed. ACT was registered as a company, and then officially a non-profit. We wanted to be legit. We wanted all of our ducks in a row before we started with Rocky, and then Rocky took off.
We found a venue who would take us, and had to hit the ground running. It took a while to work out the details, but once they were done we didn't have a moment to look back. We had 6 weeks to bring the show together from scratch. New cast, new costumes, new props, new set pieces, new theater, new everything - except the movie of course. It was a wild and exciting ride and I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm glad to see we pulled off Rocky in just a little over a month. I'm glad to see we fairly large audience who didn't know us personally come to support us. I'm glad to be working along side these wonderful people. We've had our communication lapses, we've faced some set backs, but we're still moving forward. I'm proud of us for that.
I played Janet this time around, so if you want to see some of the pictures from our opening night head over to www.attitudecheck.org for more, including some hilarious gifs. For now Rocky is on hiatus sadly, though I cannot wait until it returns. In the meantime, we have a new project popping up that is, well, something else to say the least. Maybe I'll announce it soon - or maybe you'll have to keep up with ACT to find out more.