Author Archives: Derrick Ivey

After the wave…..

It feels a bit odd to talk about a tidal wave a few days after you’ve ridden it. The ominous rumble and slow swell; the giddy feeling as you are lifted; the wind, the spray; the breathless joy; the adrenaline … Continue reading

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Magical Mayhem

Well, technical rehearsals are drawing to a close and we’re ready for one glorious weekend of performances! Monday night I met with princpal actors for final scene work while other cast and crew met across town at the warehouse to … Continue reading

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Orion’s Shoulders

Driving home last night, I thought back through our first technical rehearsal, about the whole process that had brought us this far, and forward to our upcoming performances. Blocking. Choreography. Lights. Props. Costumes. Publicity. Notes I needed to give. Notes … Continue reading

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There’s a First Time for Everything

Well, today was a series of firsts. In seventeen years of directing for the Durham Savoyards, I’d never attended the sitzprobe rehearsal.  This is where the Music Director brings the orchestra and the vocalists together for the first time.  Each … Continue reading

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Joyous Shout and Ringing Cheer

Tonight was our Understudy Rehearsal and there was reason to rejoice on many levels. First and foremost — our understudies are incredible!  They’ve learned the principal roles simply by attending rehearsals, observing, taking notes, consulting with the principal actors during … Continue reading

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Music in Mind

Tonight was all about the music. While the principals were off-site doing scene work on their own, the chorus met with Music Director Jackson Cooper to refresh the ensemble numbers and to work out the kinks. For most of the … Continue reading

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Time to Breathe

This is the time in rehearsals when I encourage the cast to find the time to breathe. We’ve been pushing hard for some time now.  And the pushing gets even harder as the deadline of tech week approaches.  So the … Continue reading

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