Today’s Date: 06/21/18
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: The campers were split into groups. The ones working in the particular scene that was being blocked, and then the others were sent to begin to construct ideas for the show’s two main songs. The introduction of Touchstone was blocked, as well as the first meeting between Rosalind and Orlando was blocked, and the foundation of the fight between Charles the Wrestler and Orlando was laid.
Quick and Quotable
- From the play: (About Orlando) “Alas, he is too young; yet he looks successfully.”
- From the director: (To the character Dennis) “You’re more of a stormtrooper and less of a good guy.”
- From the cast: Our Touchstone decided to improve a flourish for his own entrance on a kazoo. It was kept.
Production Insights: Blocking these scenes in which each character is introduced is a vital part of the process. Because, the audience members will decide what they think of that character at one glance, (even if the actor is their child), so first impressions are extraordinarily important. Each character must be given a clear ‘type’ as it were, in order for the audience to understand who he or she is, and what their purpose in the play is.
Watching the actors embrace these ‘types’ and bring their own personalities to the stage is an amazing process to be in on. Each actor must learn that although the characters come to life through his or her own acting, they must be able to embody a different person, and the nuances of that character’s own life inside the show. I cannot wait to see each character develop across the weeks of rehearsal, and I am expecting that the campers will bring a lot to the table.