Today’s Date: 7/15/2019

Show Title: The Taming of the Shrew

Director: Kim Newton

Assistant Directors: Austin Harleson & Taylor Lamb

Production Intern: Margot Flanders (Dramaturg) & Jules Talbot (Stage Manager)


Rehearsal Room: Blackfriars Playhouse (Stage)


What we did 

We were extraordinarily lucky to have our readthrough and first rehearsal in the space in which we will be performing just three short weeks from now. Kim ran through viewpoints and vocal exercises with the campers so that they could explore the space and play with their voices and bodies. After this, the cast read through the script and began to connect with their characters and the whole story. 


Quick and Quotable


From the play 

“Here let us breathe, and haply institute a course of learning, and ingenious studies.”

—Lucentio, Act I


From the director 

“We have to rely on our fellow castmates to tell the story because none of us can do it by ourselves.”


From the cast 

Kim: “Teagan, what did you learn about the playhouse?”

Teagan (Grumio): “Well… there’s a lot of… wood.”

—Asking the campers about a spacial exercise and what they learned about the playhouse)


Production Insights 


Hello! I am Margot Flanders and I will be your guide into the world of The Taming of the Shrew’s rehearsal process. This fall I will be a sophomore at the College of William and Mary, where I am studying English and Theatre. I was a camper back in 2017 and I am so glad to be working on Taming after spending last session stage managing Romeo and Juliet. 


This rehearsal began with exercises in viewpoints during which the campers went backstage, up and around the house and on the stage itself. Being in the playhouse gave Kim the ability to let the campers explore the space and get a feel for how their voices resonate on the center cut Virginia oak that most of the playhouse is made of. Teagan was right, there is a lot of wood. After this they finished up the viewpoints and exploration, we sat down to read through the script. The cast laughed and starting tomorrow we will dig deeper into what is happening with our problematic script. Now we will listen to Lucentio’s advice to “haply institute a course of learning” and begin the exploration into one of Shakespeare’s earliest and most controversial works.