Monthly Archives: February 2017

Six Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

There’s a little section in our little play in which the entire men’s chorus must completely change character (new costumes, addition of wigs, etc.) and switch from actor/rebels to the political underlings who serve at the whim of the Grand … Continue reading

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Hurdles

Flu season is upon us.  Several cast members have been ill and recuperated, and others are just now catching the bug.  So we’re dealing with a constantly shuffling array of unpredictable absences from rehearsals. But that’s show biz.  And the … Continue reading

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Five actors, Five (easy?) Pieces….

There’s a hefty chunk of Act I (two scenes and three songs, to be exact) which is performed by the same five actors.  No chorus, no entrances, no exits.  That’s a long haul. This section has been staged for some … Continue reading

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Small but Mighty

Tonight was a small rehearsal. Due to various conflicts and illnesses, I worked with a small number of principal actors. And we focused on small moments in the production.  It’s the kind of fine detail work I love — but rarely … Continue reading

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Outside In, Inside Out

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day here in North Carolina.  I took my coffee outside this morning and enjoyed the blooms of daffodil, hellebore, and flowering quince as I did a little walk-about of my awakening garden. Then I … Continue reading

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la roulette et la danse des ours

After re-visiting and re-inventing the opening of Act I earlier this week, we delved back into the midst of Act II. When we last left our intrepid group of revolutionaries, they had infiltrated the Grand Duke’s Tower and had begun drinking his … Continue reading

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Do-Overs

Rehearsal is all about doing it over.  And over and over. We repeat things — music, lines, blocking, choreography — to learn them, to get better at them, and — sometimes — to realize they’re not working and need to … Continue reading

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