Monthly Archives: March 2012

Smashing!

Tonight we had a smashing first performance — a strong ensemble; brilliance, solidarity, and delightful surprises in equal measure; and a large, enthusiastic audience. It feels good to finally release this production into the world.  We’ve all worked so hard … Continue reading

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Re-Focus

Final Dress/Tech rehearsal before we have an audience at Thursday night’s preview performance…. and all went as it should. There was a flurry of activity before the rehearsal as lights were re-focused, cues were re-written, microphones were strategically placed, notes … Continue reading

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Second Tech

We had a fantastic second Tech Rehearsal. Before rehearsal, Chris and I wrote all the lighting cues for Act II — and lots of other people did lots of other things.  And during rehearsal lots of people did lots of … Continue reading

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Long Day and Long Night

So, we’re officially in the Carolina Theatre and Tech Week has begun. A team of volunteers loaded the set into the theater from early this morning until well into the afternoon.  Meanwhile other folks worked on lighting, costumes, props, and … Continue reading

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Shaking Things Up

Fantastic and Fun rehearsal tonight! It was our final staging rehearsal before we move into the Carolina Theater on Monday (the cast will rehearse with the orchestra on Sunday); and it was devoted to our Understudies.   For those of … Continue reading

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Listening

In an operetta, there really aren’t a lot of scenes — since almost everything is sung.  Here, I think it’s important to note that “Acting” is an entirely different animal from “Singing;”  or at least the approach to each can … Continue reading

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Taking Time to Breathe. And Work

After great run-throughs on Friday and Sunday, tonight we took time to breathe a little.  We focused only on movement.  The directive for the evening was to remain calm, to relax, and to simply focus on correctly executing the choreography. … Continue reading

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Promotional Video

A promotional video for “Iolanthe” went online early this morning.  The video was spearheaded by Stuart Albert, who is also appearing as a member of the House of Peers.  Here’s a link.  Hope you enjoy!

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This afternoon …

This afternoon we had a three-hour rehearsal — what a luxury!  We had time for a discussion about the logistics of moving into the theater next week; for me to give notes from Friday night’s rehearsal; for the cast to … Continue reading

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100%

We ran the entire show today…. and it was good.  Not perfect, but very good.  It’s great to see individual actors settling into their roles and really starting to let their performances blossom.  It’s also good to see the ensemble … Continue reading

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