Author Archives: Derrick Ivey

It’s Showtime!

A sneak peak at some of the notes I sent to our two casts before public performances begin…..   “Trial by Jury” I’m gonna be honest with you. I’ve never directed this show before. I’ve never even seen another production … Continue reading

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Buckle Up Buttercup!

We’re blazing through tech rehearsals while you’re still deciding which performance to attend!  (Our 24 part orchestra is sublime, by the way!) Only Four Performances! This Thursday through Sunday. Get your tickets here!

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What We Do For Love

Tech week can be difficult.  A lot can go wrong, and it can be easy to lose sight of just how very much has gone right. Tonight’s first tech rehearsal was rife with mishaps and technical difficulties, but also rich … Continue reading

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Sometimes More is More

A word of advice to actors everywhere:  learn your lines, lyrics, blocking, and choreography as quickly as possible — so the real work can begin. The goal isn’t just to be ready for opening night, but to be prepared far … Continue reading

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The World is a Stage, The Stage is a World — of Entertainment

Tonight we had complete run-throughs of both “Trial by Jury” and “Thespis. Both went very well! But we’ve still got some rehearsing to do. Our main focus with “Trial by Jury” is perfecting ensemble unity.  The chorus basically functions as … Continue reading

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Catching up on a Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

So, I’ve been a bad blogger. Since my last Director’s post in the spring, we at the Durham Savoyards, Ltd. have had auditions; we’ve cast both “Trial by Jury” and “Thespis”; we’ve had countless production team meetings; and we’ve been … Continue reading

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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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