Today’s Date: 06/23/18
Show Title: As You Like It
Director: Patrick Midgley
Assistant Directors: Jessica Andrews and Charlotte La Nasa
Production Intern: Brigid Bakin
Rehearsal Room: Masonic
What we did: Today we blocked from where Duke Frederick finds that Celia, Rosalind and Touchstone are missing from court, through the scene where Corin and Silvius are introduced. Also, the main stage song that will open the performance was given the starting blocking positions based on The Breakfast Club.
Quick and Quotable
- From the play: “I like this place, and willingly could waste my time in it.”
- From the director: (To Silvius) “You’re at that point where you are so in love that you think you’re the only person in love, and there’s just old people and everybody else.”
- From the cast: Last night, the campers got the opportunity to observe the ASC’s production of Emma. This morning, Patrick challenged them to journal three things from it. What they saw, what they heard, and what they felt. Many of them talked about love, while others mentioned recognition of the change of the mood of the scene. Still others mentioned the clear differentiation of status using costumes, lines, and blocking.
Production Insights: Today was fascinating for many reasons. One of which is being able to work each actor through the transitions between each character that he or she is playing. Because many of the actors are playing two, or even three, roles within the course of the show.
It is quite an interesting thing to consider, that when one thinks of all the changes that happen to each and every character, that they all happen inside of the forest. Now, obviously, this is how Shakespeare wrote it. But I believe that the forest holds a lot of significance in terms of giving shelter to all of the characters and allowing them to break away from their past lives and become somebody new. Coaching through the actors through these transitions is really wonderful, and watching them make choices in terms of differentiating between each character is quite intriguing and also an interesting look into their own personalities as well. I am very excited to continue this character development process, since it’s one of my favorites, and sharing it with the campers is such a joy.