We’ve just completed our first complete week of rehearsal and the show is coming along swimmingly. I wonder what the golf term for that would be.
One of the most interesting side benefits of being an actor is getting the opportunity to practice new things. For instance, over the course of my career I’ve had to learn hand to hand stage combat, sword fighting, and an entire monologue in Spanish (which I do not speak). Now I get to learn how to swing a golf club. We’re lucky because Susie McCarthy (Connie) and Madeleine Drake (Margot) have some practical experience. They both have played golf in the past and have become our resident experts. Cindy Shields (Dory) and I (Tate) are the novices, although my Daddy played golf so I’ve watched a lot of it on TV.
So, when you have to convince an audience that you’ve been playing golf for 14 years and you have to tee off 18 times over the course of the play, what do you do? How do you prepare? You go golfing, of course. The cast and crew of The Ladies Foursome will be hitting the links this Sunday for a rehearsal on an actual golf course. Heaven only knows what the regulars are going to think when our rag tag group shows up with our motley assortment of clubs and nary a golf ball between us (I mean we aren’t actually going to try to play a round), but who cares! We are dedicated to our craft! We want to feel what it is like to stand upon the tee and gaze out at that terrifying fairway! Plus, as Margot says about playing golf, “Where else can you drink this early in the morning and people think it’s normal?”
Wish us luck! I’ll report on the field trip in my next blog.