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A Director prepares….

What if a temperamental fashion designer ruffled feathers at the launch of their Japanese-inspired new collection; the models rebelled; the audience took the stage; a raucous improvisation evolved on the spot; and the improvised performance was strikingly similar to Gilbert … Continue reading

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Goodbye and Hello

After yesterday’s matinee performance we struck the set, packed the props, collected the costumes, and swept the floor.  We’ve now officially said goodbye to “Ruddigore.” We say a lot of goodbyes in the theater. First we invest our time, energy, … Continue reading

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Performance and Response

Last night’s Preview Performance went exceedingly well!  Strong, confident performances and an enthusiastic audience response. Here are some audience comments that popped up on social media immediately following the show…. “Disregard any preconceptions you might have about Gilbert & Sullivan, … Continue reading

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Costume and Character

With performances upon us, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at where we started. At least in terms of what the cast is wearing. Way back in December, weeks before rehearsals had begun, I created … Continue reading

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Order and Chaos

Yesterday was a whirlwind of well-organized chaos.  It’s what we call “Load In Day.” From early morning right up until rehearsal, the Carolina Theater was abuzz with various groups of technicians and volunteers bringing in and organizing all the elements … Continue reading

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Lights and Music

So, tonight…. The Cast, Orchestra, and Music Director met for a Sitzprobe — or seated rehearsal.  This is when the singers and musicians sit with the conductor to rehearse and integrate the vocal music with the instrumental. No staging.  No … Continue reading

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Pride and Praising

I’m sending a big shout-out to our wonderful understudies! Today we ended our rehearsal process by running the entire show with understudies in the principal roles.  And they did a bang up job! It’s a fantastic way to get ready … Continue reading

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