Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sharpening the Focus

We had a great review of Act III yesterday.  We clarified some fuzzy moments; sharpened some blocking; resolved some spacing issues; discussed some motivations; and started adding smaller details throughout. I often liken mounting a production to creating a painting. … Continue reading

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Small Steps and Giant Leaps

We had several good review sessions this week; going back and tweaking previously staged material, as well as reviewing sections which had never quite gelled.  Great focus, effort, and patience from everyone involved! By and large, the cast is pretty … Continue reading

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Step by Step, Inch by Inch

This afternoon we had a stop and start run-through of Act II.  Again, having the set design taped out on the floor of the rehearsal hall was a huge benefit.  Working with this clear demarkation of the playing space, we … Continue reading

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Man-Monsters!

“Man-monsters,”  that’s what Ida calls Hilarion and his cohorts just before she falls into the stream.  We didn’t work that scene tonight, but we had fun remembering the line and talking about how it does seem to have come straight … Continue reading

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Putting it Together

Life in “Ida Land” is getting real-er every minute.  Richard, our set designer, took the time to tape out the set design on the floor in one of our rehearsal rooms.  This was no small feat since we have a … Continue reading

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Cursed with appetite keen I am; and I’ll subdue it…

This show is sexier than I’d originally thought! Tonight we staged “Merrily Ring the Luncheon Bell” and “Would You Know the Kind of Maid” (or “The Kissing Song”), as well as the scenes before, between and after. The focus seemed … Continue reading

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I know iamb but what, pray tell, are you?

Tonight we focused on the spoken text.  “Princess Ida” is written all in verse — in iambic pentameter in fact. And while the verse is challenging for some, it can prove quite informative as well. We first paid close attention … Continue reading

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