but he was really good in understudy rehearsals

Those Magic Changes

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He blames Ford for this.

Well not just Ford. Ford, combined with his inability to say no to people especially when it comes to fixing things.

It started at the end of sophomore year when Ford was shadowing Lardo to learn the ins and outs of managing the Samwell Men’s Hockey team. She was with the team in the cafeteria one morning when her phone goes off. No one paid it any attention until she was slamming her head on the table.

“Please don’t tell me we broke her already…” Nursey murmured to Chowder as they watched the petite woman look like she was about to break the table with her forehead.

Bitty slid closer to her and patted her back tentatively before she sat up and found everyone staring at her.

“Sorry, sorry, it’s just that we’re two weeks from opening and it feels like everything is going wrong. We had one main drop due to what he says in laryngitis, but is probably an STI, the first proof of the playbill had the name of the play misspelled, and now I just saw in our chat that a piece of the set broke…again!”

“What broke?” Dex asked out of sheer habit.

“One of the dual sceneries. It has a bunch of rotating pieces so depending on the scene we can just turn something and it’ll be something different.”

“Oh. Well that’s easy enough to fix. I’m sure you have someone who can take care of that no problem,” he shrugs and goes back to eating, not expecting Ford to bound over the table and grab him by his collar.

“Seriously? Our prop manager is the one who got the main sick so no one is talking to him right now. Could you fix it? Please, I’ll owe you,” she smiled, and Dex knew he was stuck.

This is how Dex became the emergency fix-it guy for the Samwell theatre department, because somehow having to be handy on a budget caused him to exceed the skills of the theatre kids. That spring, between practices and class, he was constantly called to the auditorium to handle anything from a loose washer to erecting scaffolding. He should have found it annoying, but honestly it was nice to be fixing something that wasn’t the same house problem for the millionth time. Plus, he enjoyed the confidence boost he got from being ogled at by a bunch of actors and actresses, since hockey equaled hockey butt.

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anonymous asked:

Do u have any richjake theatre au hcs??? PLEASE I LIVE FOR THIS SHIP


  • Everyone knows they have a crush on each other, and everyone finds it… well, kind of fitting. They just help bring out that boyish charm in each other, one that they usually keep hidden due to work.
  • They both hesitated for a while before confessing; Jake mainly because he never had a boyfriend, and Rich because. Well. Saying he excites him sexually isn’t exactly seductive. Or maybe it is to guys? hmmMMMMMM)
  • You know that thing a cat does when they want to be pet, and when you move your hand away, then they’ll tug it back because more pats? Rich is that cat. Jake is the human.
  • Rich keeps him there as long as he can until Chloe comes in because “Jake you gotta get on stage, and Rich stop cuddling your boyfriend for one minute and let him sing.” To which there is much angry yelling and blushing.
  • Jake’s favorite thing about Rich is how passionate and excited he gets about working with some new light idea or handle something flammable
  • Jake is the only person Rich will willingly show his burn marks to. Rich finds them grim. Jake thinks they prove just how tough he is, to keep fighting even after such a thing.
  • They’ll sing together! Rich helps him practice his parts and warmups by doing the other character’s lines. Seeing Jake laugh at his silly voices makes him feel all warm and fuzzy (not that he’d ever admit that)
  • Any cast member: Rich get down from the catwalk, that’s dangerous.
  • Rich: MAKE ME
  • Jake: Rich, dude, can you get down? That’s super dangerous up there?
  • Rich: … Fine.
  • It comes to a point where a character in an upcoming performance can’t sing their lines due to an incident, and they have no understudy, and everyone panics because “WHO’S GONNA SING”
  • And Jake is just like “Rich, maybe? He can sing pretty good.” The two just give each other this look, and Rich feels something in him burn like a flame at Rich’s small but confident smile.
  • And everyone is immediately confused because, out of all the actual singers there, Jake chooses Rich? Really??? But sure, ok, he’s one of the lead singers, and SQUIP doesn’t care as long as the show continues, so sURE I GUESS
  • So they help Rich rehearse his lines, get his measurements for the costuming, check his pitch and voice. Jake is always with him, only leaving for emergencies.
  • The performance goes great! Rich can hold all those long notes and has this naturally booming voice that really makes an impression on people
  • Jake and Rich walk offstage feeling really happy at the audience’s applause, and because they’re so hyped up on adrenaline they kiss.
  • It’s their first one, after which they’re both like “uhhhhh well no homo but I kinda wanted to do that for a while.”
  • And then when they figure out that “uh, no homo but I’d happily do that again”, it goes really homo. Really fast.
  • Everyone doesn’t make a comment when they arrive at the after party, with rumpled clothes and mussed hair and blushing faces. They just smile and wag their eyebrows at them.
HS School Play AU

Here’s the layout; The schoolstuck highschool everyone attends is putting on a production of Romeo & Juliet , not the original version, but a more romcom modern version as opposed to the Shakespearean tragedy, this one is way more upbeat and has no real death (honestly just think Gnomeo & Juliet but not they’re not gnomes). 

Karkat is deadset on being Romeo, romcoms are his thing, but he’s beat out by John, who only really joined for shits and giggles but ended up doing pretty good. Karkat’s totally defeated, and trying as hard as he can not to murder John, but he still get’s to be the understudy. So what else is there to do besides seek help? And the best person to get it from would be the director of the play, Dave, who sets up some extra time after rehearsal for just Karkat. Basically, Dave and Karkat are all alone in the theater, as Dave helps Karkat improve his acting on the big romance scenes, he finds that he’s getting really sucked into Karkat’s act. Like, really sucked in, he’s starting to get lovestruck. 

On the other hand, Rose is Juliet and Kanaya is the costume designer. Rose’s performance is amazing, she’s really convincing as Juliet, enough so to make Kanaya a little jealous. Even if the whole thing is just acting, and Rose is still for sure a total lesbian, Kanaya can’t help but feel a little bad seeing her girlfriend act so convincingly for her love of someone else. Sure, she’s just a good actress and John is acting too, there’s literally nothing else going on besides that, again, she’s fucking gay. Kanaya starts to feel a bit guilty for not feeling as happy for Rose as she should. 

On production night, John gets sick and he can’t come, so Karkat actually has to go on stage as Romeo, he’s nervous though, until Dave tells him to just pretend that it’s only him out there. Meanwhile, Kanaya’s feelings are all the same, the fact that the actor changed didn’t make a big difference, it’s the same act and character, it’s Rose’s part that she had an issue with not John’s. Karkat and Rose put on a pretty good performance, until Karkat starts to choke during the big romance monologue, the same one he gave Dave when Dave started to fall for him. 

In a moment of quick thought, what else was the director to do but try to go on stage and save Karkat from utter embarrassment, the poor guy looked like he was about to cry. Dave jumped onto the stage, and whispered to Karkat to just give the monologue to him. And Karkat does so, leaving the audience confused, why was Romeo giving the romance speech to this random dude? What about Juliet? Karkat started to improve an act, but people were still concerned, in a moment of quick thought, again, Kanaya had the same idea as Dave, and she ran out there to save things, this time, improvising a romantic confession to Juliet, while also telling Rose her feelings about the play while still in character, so they work it out by acting as Juliet assures Kanaya’s character she loves her. 

They improv the rest of the play to the best of their abilities, and it was kinda shitty, but it was a new take on an old story, Romeo And His Boyfriend & Juliet And Her Girlfriend. It wasn’t the best play ever but hey, they did it, and they went back to see John while he was sick at home to tell him everything, he only wishes he was there to see it.

TL;DR: John gets Romeo in the school play but Karkat wanted the part, instead he’s John’s understudy. Dave helps Karkat improve his acting as the director and starts to fall for Karkat. Rose gets Juliet but she’s such a good actress that it makes Kanaya a little jealous, even thought it’s all pretend. On the night of the play John get’s sick and can’t come, so Karkat goes on but starts to choke. Dave and Kanaya go on stage and start to improv to save the performance. Juliet ends up with Kanaya’s character and Romeo ends up with Dave’s character.