We get our swords from the guy who teaches us how to use them. His name is Kyle Rowling and he runs The Action Acting Academy in Sydney. He finds all of the right weapons for us to use, and teaches us how to use them all properly.
All of our actors have different amounts of experience. Some of us had done shows and performances with our schools. Some of us studied acting, singing and dancing outside of school as we were growing up. Some of us did stand up comedy. Some of us studied performing at university or at a specific performing arts school after high school.
So as you can see we’ve all come into Alpha Shows from different paths 😀
We rehearsed the show for 6 days before we start performing the show at schools! We rehearse for about 8 hours and go through a lot in those 6 days. We have to learn all of the blocking (where we stand on stage), the dance and fight choreography, the set changes, costume changes and also all of the sound and lighting that happens in the show.
It’s just the 6 actors that do all of it, so it does take a little while to learn it all!
The set was made and painted by a man named Phil. There are lots of parts to the set, but it’s basically just painted pieces of wood that we put together. We also have quite a few large paintings on canvas that we velcro on to the set, so when the set was closed there were people putting up different paintings behind it.
We can do it really quickly now because we practise it in rehearsals and were able to do it quick enough by the time we started doing shows.
The boat was made by the person who made and painted all of our set. His name is Phil and he did an awesome job of making the boat, but it’s actually only the bit you can see at the front, on the back of it, it is all open and there is a ledge for the actors to stand on. We did it like that so that we could pack it in to our truck 🙂
The sword fights are designed to be very safe and we rehearse it every day before the show so it’s very unlikely that someone will get hurt. The swords are also not sharp, but because they’re made with real metal people have still gotten bruises and little cuts here and there but nothing too major. Only once have we had a bad injury where someone got hit in the head accidentally and because the swords are so heavy it did give him a cut and he had to get stitches.
But Aladdin and Jafar have never had anything bad happen to them in this show.