Pictured: Kim instructing Marielle and Liam on how to exit from their wedding scene. 

 

Today’s Date: 7/20/2019

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

 

What we did 

Today, we were lucky enough to have rehearsal on the Blackfriars stage. We used our morning to block complex scenes with lots of characters such as Petruchio and Katherina’s marriage and the first scene at Petruchio’s house with his servants. 

 

Quick and Quotable

 

From the play 

“Master, master, news! And such old news as you never heard of.”

—Biondello, Act III

 

From the director 

“Reactions are a little bit like a dance”

 

From the cast 

“What happens to Bianca if Kate doesn’t get married?”

—Kim

 

“I don’t get to marry Lucentio.”

—Sophie (Bianca)

 

“What happens to Lucentio if Kate doesn’t get married?”

—Kim

 

“I don’t get to marry Bianca.”

—Isaac (Lucentio)

 

“What happens to Hortensio…”

—Kim

 

“I don’t get to marry Bianca.”

—Caroline (Hortensio)

 

What happens to Gremio…

—Kim

 

“I don’t get to marry Bianca.”

—Heidi (Gremio)

 

“What happens to Baptista…”

—Kim

 

“I’ve got two single daughters, bro!!!”

—Ella (Baptista)

 

Production Insights 

In comedies, reactions are almost as important as the lines themselves. Even if a line is delivered beautifully, a lack of reaction can tank the whole scene. This plays into the importance of the ensemble that we are working to create with our team for The Taming of the Shrew. The entire scene needs to be alive and full of energy from the servants to the masters and everyone in-between. 

 

Biondello announces the apparel of Petruchio for his wedding day in Act III, Scene II and shares that (in addition to being late) he is dressed in a disgusting and zany outfit. Everyone else on stage hangs on every one of Biondello’s words and react physically and vocally. They all lean in to hear where Petruchio is and they are not amused when Biondello continues to joke about the situation. When Biondello describes what disgusting clothes Petruchio is wearing, it brings some of the other characters to the brink of being sick. It is a well-used saying, but still rings true “Make huge bold choices because we can always take them back down.” The rule of thumb with reactions in comedies is that the energy needs to stay high and the choices need to stay bold.

 

Teagan observing Katherina and Petruchio’s wedding

 

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