~~~~September 10, 2012~~~~
As promised, some answers to the question, “Who ARE these people?”
Long ago, when Lydia and I first talked about this, my idea was always around two female soldiers, the events leading up to their deployment, and what happens after.
Some might say, “Well, that’s what they DO, who are they?”
Well, yes, but I had this vision of them singing together.
“Well, of course, it’s a musical production, right?”
Okay, okay, so I had to do two things that proved difficult:
1) I had to give these people complexity of being, not just stuff about what they do or might do, and that was the toughest part of the beginning of writing the story, and even more, the required revision of the story.
2) I had to find males that would be as strong and compelling as the two women. Phew! A lot of guys auditioned for me, but it took FOREVER to get to some who moved me enough to call them back for a second look.
So, sure, we have a group of “leads”. But that’s not enough.
You need some parents, not just in the strict sense of needing parents for young heroes and heroines, but parents in the sense of allowing an entire production to be born because all the pre-natal support is there. You need an older generation who are required, but content to let the young people take center stage (or in some cases, not content, more later).
Finally, you need some other young people who act as a “chorus”, the cave wall that the leads can cast their shadows on. In this musical production, of course, this “chorus” must be a chorus in fact as well as in dramatic function.
So, right now, in terms of characters, that’s all you need to know, leads, “parents”, and a “chorus”.
I know, I know, I haven’t told you much, but you have to come to the show, don’t you?
Next time: THE time.
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