Monthly Archives: March 2017

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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Two Ghosts and a Notary walk into the room…..

…. and the Toga Party’s over! Just when we thought we were going to have a third wedding on the same day, two dead dudes and their legal counsel burst in and throw a wrench into the works. Their entrance is … Continue reading

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Timing, Inflection, Impulse, Interpretation. Inspiration

We ran Act I last night.  And it was amazingly good.  Not ready-to-open good, but definitely three-weeks-out good. There are lots of choral actions which need to be solidified.  But that’s always the case at this stage in the process. … Continue reading

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The Singing Dead

After Act I’s first “Statutory Duel” Ernest was declared legally dead and forced to go sit in the cemetery. But that was yesterday. Today (well into Act II) Ernest wants to know what’s going on with the plot against the … Continue reading

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