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From Page 5
you can learn a lot, like where to go
to find a good agent, places to avoid,
what to wear. A lot of your ques-
tions can be answered that way."
Eventhough wandering through
a murder house sounds fun, an
extra's job is still quite difficult.
The hours are long and the pay isn't
always great, depending on the role.
As an extra in a large scene, Fish-
man and Costakis made minimum
wage. Zheng and Belanger, who had
more specific roles, got paid slightly
more. According to Belanger, the
stand-ins for the actors make the
most, but no one does it solely for
the money.
"One gentleman I spoke to
recently (is an extra) as a hobby.
Others think of it differently. All
kinds of people are extras. People
are making careers out of this - it's
a way to generate income," Beg-
noche said.
But sometimes the income is all
extras get for their time, as their
15 minutes of fame are expendable
as far as the filmmakers are con-
cerned.
"As an extra, you're in the back-
ground so there's a chance that you
won't make the cut and see your
scene in the final production," Beg-
noche said.
All the money, time, effort and
the cans of orange soda can seem a
little over-the-top and perhaps a bit
wasteful. Yet Begnoche maintains
that a lot of the money is going back
into the Michigan communities the
movies are made in. In 2008, there
were 35 productions that gener-
ated $125 million, according to the
Michigan Film Office. This year,
the Michigan Film Office expects
more than $300 million to come
from the budding film industry.
"Overall, the reactions have been
very positive. It's exciting. Commu-

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nities are really very eager to have
(these films made) in the area,"
Begnoche said.
Zhang's family owns a Chinese
restaurant called Kim's in Tiny,
Michigan. Incidentally, Kim's was
chosen as a filming location for part
of the new "Harold and Kumar"
movie.
"It was a huge deal," Zhang said.
There was a sprawl of 20 to 30trail-
ers in the parking lot and a massive
crowd of people for two full days.
Zhang's father even got to be an
extra in the film. The movie only
spent two days filming in Troy, but
it definitely left an impression.
"I think people (are looking for-
ward) to being able to point and
say 'I was there, that's my home,'"
Zhang said.
The extras have built up their
own community as well.
"Oh, there are definitely extras
cliques," Belanger said. "There's a
lot of people who have been doing
this for a long time, then there are
the people who are new to it. And
there's a lot of jealousy of people
having done more than you. 'How
many movies have you been in?'
was something everybody was
always asking."
While acting's a competitive
business, there is something about
being an extra that draws people in.
For some, the experience of being
an extra is a wake-up call that act-
ing might not be their preferred
profession.
"I'd never want to be an actress
(after being an extra). It's too repet-
itive. If you do an awkward scene
like a make-out scene you'd have to
keep doing it like 20 times," Costa-
kis said.
But others absolutely love it.
Belanger would drive through the
middle of the night in the pitch
black, only to arrive on a set that
was lit up to look like the after-
noon. "It's so real, but so fake," said
Belanger, and that's what makes it
interesting.

'Marmalade' mixes cocaine and cacti

0l

Basement Arts uses
its imagination to
find a violent friend
By BRAD SANDERS
Daily Arts Writer
Normally, four-year-olds
don't have cocaine-using, vio-
lent friends.
Then there's Mr. Marmalade
Lucy.
In "Mr. Tonight at 7 p.m.
Marma- and 11p.m.,
lade," the tomorrow at 7 p.m.
first Base- Waigreer Drama Center,
ment Arts Studio One
show of the Free
season, the
wild ele-
ments of a child's imagination are
revealed. Lucy, played by Shannon
Eagen, a junior in the School of
Music, Theatre & Dance, fabricates
a friend named Mr. Marmalade, a
troubled businessman played by
MT&D senior Joey Richter.
The play, by Noah Haidle, is set
in a New Jersey living room that
incorporates fantastical elements
like sunflowers and cacti por-
trayed by actors. Instead of play-
ing with her toys lying on the floor,
Lucy uses her mind as a dangerous
playground.
"This show is really about the
imagination and that means the
audience needs to have one as
well," said MT&D sophomore Oliv-
ia Lloyd, the show's director. "It's
a dark comedy, but really what it's
about is growing up and how little
kids are sponges and can pick up
anything that the world throws at
them."
Lloyd weighed in on one scene

"Mr. Marmalade" explores the exploited imagination of a four-year-old

in particular, in which a drunk and
drugged Mr. Marmalade comes
home and assaults Lucy.
"It's one of those things where
it becomes our decision of whether
this is something that Lucy actu-
ally witnessed because she has a
crappy mom," Lloyd said, "or the
TV is always on and you put SVU
("Law & Order") on for too long
and a kid regurgitates it back to
you."
Lloyd saw an early production
of "Mr. Marmalade" with her dad
in her hometown, Shepherdstown,
West Virginia, at age 13. She said
the play inspired her to work
toward becoming a director.
"Seeing it with my dad was an
interesting experience because
it gets kind of raunchy at points
- not raunchy, but it gets kind of
edgy, and it was hard to watch with
a parent at age 13," Lloyd said. "It
was one of the first shows I was

looking at and saying,'Man I would
like to be a director. This would be
a really fun thing to direct."'
For Lloyd, an LSA transfer,
Basement Arts presented the per-
fect opportunity to showcase her
directing abilities for the first time
with aplay she loves.
"I know Basement Arts likes
to do edgy shows. They are very
well known for doing shows that
are an unconventional sort of the-
ater," Lloyd said. "I proposed a
show because I knew the best way
to learn how to do something is to
just do it ... it has ended up working
out so far."
For the nostalgic, the music
of "Mr. Marmalade" comes from
memorable television programs
from the early'90s, as well as more
contemporary children shows.
"I'm using a lot of music from
kids shows, both from our genera-
tion of childhood shows and the

current," Lloyd explained. " 'Yo
Gabba Gabba!' is actually some
kind of freaky psychedelic stuff
and I love it. ... It's being used a lot
in this show."
"Mr. Marmalade" has some
heavy themes and analyzes com-
plex human relationships. But its
director hopes people can find
ways to take it lightly.
"We sometimes forget about
how childhood can be so innocent
and playful," Lloyd said. "It's not
a terribly serious show - it really
isn't. This show is all about hav-
ing a lot of fun and laughing about
things that maybe you shouldn't
laugh at."
For the late Friday showing of
"Mr. Marmalade" especially, the
cast and crew want the audience
involved in that sense of humor
and playfulness: Everyone is
encouraged to dress in Halloween
costumes.

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