Hey everyone! I’m currently in the midst of tech for The Man Who Turned Into a Stick. It is certainly is a handful, but not in a bad way. I think that’s the nature of theatre. To go back a bit, we had a week off from rehearsals over spring break, so coming back I wasn’t quite sure exactly what to expect. Before spring break the cast was working hard and they were doing a great job refining their characters and making certain moments in the show very specific along the lines of what we’re looking for in the final performance.
When we returned from break there wasn’t much time before we had our first on-stage rehearsal and went into tech. After the actors got the show back into their bodies on the Sunday night we returned, we had only three more rehearsals until our first on-stage last Thursday, March 14. We continued to experiment and give the show one last metaphorical shock, instilling it with energy before we had our first on-stage (which went very well!). It was refreshing and exciting to have the show in the actual space where it will be performed, and new life was breathed into it. We made some slight adjustments, but the cast did an amazing job with such little time, only one hour, to accomplish what we needed to in the Studio Theater.
We had one more rehearsal Friday before we went into cue-to-cue run on Saturday. Friday’s rehearsal allowed us to solidify what we learned and worked with in the space the night before, and on Saturday we were able to add in 95% of the lighting and sound cues. Sunday, we added costumes and had a full run of all three shows in Mental Landscapes consecutively. To add to the excitement of costumes, my cast and I were able to see the other two plays for the first time, which was really a treat. Everyone was impressed with each other’s work, and it was great to have the three shows finally come together for a run, which has been in the making for over two months. I’m excited for the final dress rehearsal tonight, in which we’ll make our final adjustments, and then open tomorrow!
Thanks for reading! I’ll check back in with everyone soon!