The cast has been drilling music and choreography for the past several weeks. So tonight we focused on scene and character work. I know it’s an operetta, and is almost entirely sung, but there are still some scenes sprinkled amongst the songs — and these needed to be revisited.
The staging of the scenes was set weeks ago, but tonight we took the time to reassess the work and to firm things up a bit.
Physicality is something that has always fascinated me in performance. Clarity of movement and the power of stillness are high on my list of an actor’s tools. We addressed both of these physical qualities, tweaked a few characterizations, and focused individual intent and overall storytelling. We worked on eye-contact, connection, timing, relationships, vocal variation, and complexity of character.
And voila! What was good is now better.