Author Archives: Derrick Ivey

The Fine Art of Focus

I talk a lot about “focus” when directing a Gilbert and Sullivan production — or any live theater, for that matter. Theater is completely different from film or television.  When a story is unfolding on a screen you certainly see … Continue reading

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Onward

Just a quick note of congratulations and thanks to all the folks involved in “The Grand Duke.” After months of good old-fashioned work and dedication on everyone’s part, it was a joy to see the various elements come together to … Continue reading

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Grand Opening

“The Grand Duke” had a grand opening last night! You have two more chances to catch a performance.  Tonight at 7 PM and tomorrow at 2 PM.

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Preview Pickles

I like pickles.  (More about that later.) I arrived early to the theater for pre-show prep before tonight’s preview performance of “The Grand Duke.”  I had three specific problems to solve. And I wanted to be there when the actors arrived so I … Continue reading

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Brave New World

I lied. Yesterday I described “The Frenzy” of our dress rehearsal and promised we’d do it all again tonight.  But we didn’t. Not exactly While those thousand independent and overlapping things were certainly happening again, tonight — our final dress … Continue reading

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The Frenzy

  I walked into the theater carrying a box of fabrics and costumes, a new prop, and a shoulder bag weighed down with script, score and laptop. Before my eyes had adjusted to the dim light; while I was still … Continue reading

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The First Fleeting Day

We’re in! The set crew started bright and early and spent the entire day loading in and installing the platforms, columns, trees, frames, carts and many other pieces that make up our complex and ever-changing set design. The costume and props … Continue reading

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