Rehearsal Uno

First read-through (ever). Always an eye-opener from the writers’ perspectives—and we hope on the positive slant. Hearing it as a unit, I feel very good about the work Aaron and I have done (thinking about some minor additions to beef up the homeless couple, but otherwise nothing leapt out as being dead-on-arrival—okay, so a few moments met with chirping crickets, but that’s why we have a director). And no small part of that is due to the age of these performers (18-23 or so) and their charming eyes-wide-open approach. I told them in introductions today how lucky we are to have REAL youth in the show, versus the Broadway manufactured type (for example, most of the cast of Grease on the Great White Way is in their 30s). They may or may not believe me.

I feel like a kid in a candy store every time we’re at work, hearing them read,  hearing them sing, watching them start to embody these loopy characters and bring “crazy” to jubilant life (my presence is not necessary in most rehearsals, but I doubt I’ll be able to stay away; I don’t want to miss anything!). I hope the audience, old and young, prudes and whatever the opposite of prudes are, can hardly keep their rear ends in Wheelwright’s Maalox-colored man-made fiber seats this-coming October.

It’s a big cast.

Cast and crew assembled at Wheelwright Auditorium for the first read-through

Cast and crew assembled at Wheelwright Auditorium for the first read-through

The ensemble takes their first crack at learning music with MD (and composer), Aaron McAllister

The ensemble takes their first crack at learning music with MD (and composer), Aaron McAllister

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One Response to “Rehearsal Uno”

  1. Your prescence is always needed. We are so thankful and lucky to have both you and Aaron at every rehearsal. It is such an honor for anyone to be part of this experience; luckily, I am one of those pople!

    🙂

    -Matt M.

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