Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Eyebrows Have it!

I love working on scenes  with actors.  I absolutely love it! Last night I wrote about the art of watching. Well, tonight’s rehearsal was about watching, and talking, and taking action. We looked at several scenes — and some songs … Continue reading

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Watching the Work

I teach acting on Monday nights, so was late to tonight’s “Grand Duke” rehearsal. We’re in the final week before moving into the theater; which could be a time of chaos and stress.  So it was wonderful to walk into a … Continue reading

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Get Your Tickets!

What happens when a group of entertainers decide to perform on the politcal stage? Well….. The hilariously convoluted plot of “The Grand Duke” involves covert conspiracies, rigged elections, secret signs, death-less duels, insider trading, profiteering, legal loopholes, bickering divas, multiple … Continue reading

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Giving Up

We’ve come to that time in rehearsals when I think about giving up.  Not “throwing in the towel,” but giving up control. The scenes are blocked, the songs are choreographed — now the cast must take the reins. It’s always … Continue reading

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Like a Rainbow

Last night’s rehearsal was a bit run of the mill — no crying, no startling revelations. We ran Act II as scheduled and then scattered into groups to review various elements of the show which needed more attention.  I gave over … Continue reading

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Eloia

I almost cried.  I’m not ashamed to say it. We staged the opening of Act II tonight; and I was a bit nervous.  I’d come up with gestural movement for this very stately number, but not the same movement for everyone. … Continue reading

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Tinkering with the Machine

Tonight we had no accompanist, and there were lots of conflicts among chorus members — so I decided to focus on scene work with the principal actors. Running a scene over and over again is one of my favorite things. … Continue reading

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