Photo of the Day: The Company dance in the Masque! From left to right: Alex, Analise, Molly, Lee, Sakura, Ella, and Gabe.

Today’s Date: July 27, 2022

Show Title: The Tempest

Director: Camp Company!

RDA Stage Manager: Daniel Skinner

RDA Dramaturg: Devlin Ford

Stage Management Intern: Mary Rose Valentine

Dramaturgy Intern: Mia Randers-Pehrson

What we did

We started off our day with a morning meeting where we checked-in and scheduled our day. After that, rehearsal started with Choreo Committee teaching the Company the Masque! The Company then worked on the rest of the scene (4.1) which included music and… bears. Before going to lunch they also took a look at 3.1 (Miranda and Ferdinand).

After lunch, the clowns (Trinculo, Stephano, and Caliban) got some pointers from Aubrey Whitlock while the Prospero’s, Miranda, and Ariel went upstairs to clarify 1.2. The Company took a break and then started a cue-to-cue in order to make sure they know exactly where all their cues are and to clarify entrance and exit patterns. The Company briefly met with their committees before heading to dinner.

 

The bears (Gabe and Analise) chase everyone (Fenrir, Isabella, and Poma) off stage while Ariel (Lee) plays them off.

Miranda (Sakura) and Ferdinand (Molly) have a moment, The Prospero’s (Lucy and Maddie) look on.

Quick and Quotable

  • From the play:
    • “Do you love me Master? no?” – Ariel (Lee)
    • “Bite him to death I prithee.” – Caliban (Isabella)
  • From the company: 
    • “It’s my favorite pony door!” – Lee 

Production Insights 

Whenever the Company inserts a new piece of music, a dance, or a fight (really anything that’s big and bold) into the play I can feel everyone in the room sit forward. These moments celebrate theatricality in such a pure way that it’s impossible not to feel joy watching the Company play. When the actors are having fun, the audience is having fun. This also serves as a reminder to find the joy in the small moments. Invest fully and the audience will follow.

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