The rehearsal process is super organized. The script has been broken into four sections, with each section rehearsed once over four nights. Each section is further divided into four, with specific call-times so that we are not required 7-10pm every night. I would prefer to watch the whole rehearsal process, but just about every person in the cast and crew is working full-time in addition to the show, Denise is conscious of using everyone’s time wisely. It’s a joy to work with organized people!
The floor has been taped out with set markings, and there is a finished set model on hand for reference. Very exciting. The set is a gradually descending series of platforms, with a ramp that leads out to the stage floor.
Rather than jumping straight into blocking, for the first week we’re going through a Meisner-esque process whereby we sit knee-to-knee and read the text. The aim to find the authenticity of each scene, and explore the emotions experienced by our characters.
It’s a fascinating process to watch, and I was surprised at how much we were able to discover. Watching Judi as Prospero is wonderful. She radiates a quiet inner power which is thrilling.
My main note from Denise was to sloooooow down the pace of my speech. I found that incredibly amusing, as my usual note when speaking in a Gen Am accent is to speed up.
A really fun rehearsal... Please sir, may I have some more?!
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