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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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The Overwhelming

Two weeks from tonight the show will be over. And the amount of tiny little individual things that will happen between now and then is, in a word, overwhelming. In final rehearsals… timing will be sharpened; blocking will be changed; … Continue reading

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Stumbling Toward Perfection

Tonight we stumbled our way through Act II. It’s called a “stumble through” for a reason.  There were missed cues, flubbed lines, forgotten lyrics, sloppy choreography, and other such stumbling mistakes. But that’s right where we should be at this … Continue reading

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Rats!

Tonight we staged “Braid the Raven Hair.” I’d been dreading this rehearsal because I wasn’t happy with the choreography I’d been working on.  It seemed derivative, predictable, and uninspired.  So I decided to throw it all out the window and … Continue reading

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Starting on the Downbeat

Last night we staged the overture. It’s become a bit of a signature of mine — staging the overture.  I don’t do it all the time, but I suppose I do it more often than not. When I first became … Continue reading

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Madness in the Method

Tonight we staged “Brightly Dawns,”  “Here’s a How-de-do,” and “The Flowers that Bloom.”  Only three more numbers to choreograph this week and we’re done!  With plenty of time for review, re-consideration, and rehearsal before performances March 28-31. A few insights … Continue reading

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