Today’s Date: 06/27/18
Show Title: As You Like It
Director: Patrick Midgley
Assistant Directors: Jessica Andrews and Charlotte La Nasa
Production Intern: Brigid Bakin
Rehearsal Room: Deming
What we did: Today we started with Patrick running through the basic rules for running through Shakespeare’s text. From discovering whether or not the line is prose or verse, to marking the beats, and then finding out whether or not the line was regular or irregular. Fight call came after the text work, and then after fight call was music call. Music call consisted of running through each song that is a part of the show, both the pre-show song, and the songs inside the play itself. After that, we had our first ‘stumble-through’ of the show.
Quick and Quotable
- From the play: “Oh coz, coz, coz, my pretty little coz, that thou didst know how many fathom deep I am in love.”
- From the director: “For this stumble-through, I’m not allowed to say anything.”
- From the cast: When asked to name the most famous line of Shakespeare the nearly-unanimous reply was “To be or not to be, aye there’s the point.” which is the Q1 version of the line. I’m sure our Q1 crew would be very happy.
Production Insights: Completing the first stumble-through is always super exciting. It went very well, much better than I was expecting. The run time was actually not too far off the goal end-time for the actual run of the show, which is good. From here on out, it is all of the fun stuff.
Now the actors can take the time to really dissect their roles and their lines. Now they dice down to the core principles of their character, and who they see their characters to be. Finding and creating the different nuances of each character is a delightful process because it is unique to each actor. So as we move forward, I am really eager to see each different take on the different characters in the play.