Today’s Date: Tuesday, July 27

Photo of the Day: Dr. Cole talking to us about the incredibly confusing (and circular?) English royal family tree.

What we did: We started out with our typical morning routine (yoga with Adriene, breakfast, and a company meeting) before jumping into rehearsal.

  • 10:00 – 10:30: 2.3: Intimacy choreo at base camp with the clowns/4.3: The actors blocked the St. Crispy speech!
  • 10:30 -11:30: Chorus 3: Violet presented her offering for choreo and taught it to the rest of the cast.
  • 11:30 – 12:00: 5.2: We blocked the final scene of the play where the French court, Katherine, and the English all come together for Kate and Henry’s engagement!
  • 12:00 – 12:30: 5.1: The clowns blocked the beloved LEEK SCENE! 
  • 12:30 – 12:40: Trap practice: Maddie practiced coming from the mines (aka the trap, aka hell) some more before lunch.
  • 2:00 – 3:00: Committee time with Mentors: Each committee spent the hour with their mentor from the ASC company!
  • 3:00 – 5:00: Committee time continues without mentors: The committees kept up the hard work! On the choreo committee (my committee), we began choreographing the Henry-Dauphin battle (ooOOOoo).

Quick and Quotable

  • From the play: “My lord, most humbly on my knee I beg the leading of the vanguard.” – York (Micah)
  • From the staff/cast:  “The pencil is more dangerous than the knife, which is a weird sentence.” – Daniel
  • “Screw the Lancastrians.” – Eleanor
    “Yes, many people did.” – Dr. Cole
  • “Thank you, now I know how to stab someone.” – Molly

Production Insights:

The cast is continuing to grow together and learn how to best work with one another, which is great both to see and to be a part of. Trying new methods of blocking, such as having someone present a fully-blocked chorus as an offering, has been helpful and saved us time while allowing room for people’s concerns and ideas. If the actors aren’t called to a scene, they’re still collaborating through blocking and tablework offstage, as well as pushing forward with line memorization to be ready for Friday. Later in the evening, it was fun to be able to connect my characters’ lives to other moments in history with Dr. Cole’s help, and I always love hearing the similarities and differences between Shakespeare’s histories and historical reality. The show is quickly taking shape with the help of everyone at camp, and I feel better about the work we do every day.