Today’s Date: 7/1/23


Director: Natasia Reinhardt

Staff Crew: Assistant Directors: Cole Metz and Liv Meredith. Dramaturg: Eli Dietrich. Stage Manager: Lillian Malone.


What we did

Acting teacher Michael Blackwood took Portia (Jime), Calphurnia (Carson), and Caska (Archer) to work on their acting choices. Michael used many techniques to inspire the campers to make choices. One of his methods was to ask them to say, “You see?” after every line. What this caused the actors to think about was their intention and application of voice quality in these scenes. While Michael did this, Natasia worked on revising and blocking acts two and three fully. This meant that at the end of rehearsal, we were able to fully rehearse both of those acts! This is super impressive and important because act three is the centerpiece of the play (Caesar dies in that act; spoiler warning). In the end, we ran the camp song a couple of times and worked out some ideas of what it may look like. I would elaborate, but you, gracious readers, will have to wait until the performance on the 16th to hear our wonderful song. 


Quick and Quotable

  • From the play Michael made an important observation that Portia is not angry, exactly, at Brutus. This allowed Jime to make some wonderful choices, making the character more human-like.
  • From the director Natasia is working on making the mob scene in act three into a very ruckus scene. This noise has been delegated really well, which has the impressive effect of both being able to hear the speaking actors while also feeling like the space is alive. 
  • From the cast THE CAMP SONG IS SO COOL! I cannot wait for readers to watch our show, if not to see the wonderfully creative ideas the campers have had about our song. 


Production Insights 

As well as using other teaching techniques, Michael was essential in having the actors search for responses from their scene partners. For example, during Jime’s Portia scene, he had the stand-in for Brutus to turn away from her and not make eye contact. This choice allowed Portia to really seem desperate in her attempts. Michael working with the actors to draw intention from their words will help us make the playfully comprehensive in literary understandability. For example, Archer’s scene as Caska was worked. Making Caska more out of breath and exasperated really influenced his voice quality positively. I can’t wait to see these scenes put up in the playhouse at next Monday’s rehearsal.