We had a read-through with just the principals and understudies last Tuesday. We discussed the production concept, went over set design, talked about costumes and make-up and did some character work. Then we read the scenes and established basic directions in which we’d like to move.
There was a bit of shuffling during the rest of the week. Unfortunately, we lost one of our principals due to family issues and time constraints. This is never a pleasant process for anyone concerned. It is extremely difficult for an actor to make the decision to leave a production. And it is also difficult for the cast and production crew to make the psychological and practical adjustments. This requires a pause in the process — everyone’s perspective shifts a bit, many things must be re-conceived, and our collective vision for the production is essentially broken apart and then refitted into a new configuration.
And we are now moving forward once more.
Tonight was our first blocking/choreography rehearsal. We worked on the first three numbers with Sailors, Buttercup, Josephine and Ralph. Lot’s of great work — although several folks were absent. They’re going to have some catching up to do, but I think we’re off to a good running start.