Tag: Acting Notes

  • Playing notes: Dress 2

    Tonight was a night of fix-ups all round for the Cabaret kinder; there are always final tweaks as the creative team finesse the show: lights, sound, cues, costume. We spent 20 mins or so pre-show reworking the blocking for a couple of exits. There were also acting notes from last night’s run. There are also…

  • Photo shoot, make-up and corsets!

    photo credit: fluzwup A night off from rehearsals but valuable nonetheless; the cast were called for the program photo shoot. It was a chance for us to see one another for the first time in costume, and to realise how powerful a role the element of body adornment plays in visual story-telling. Body-masking is the…

  • Production Week: Run #4 and Sitzprobe

    photo credit: fr1zz It’s 11 days till opening and 10am on Sunday morning. Other people are out there having the requisite leisurely brunch and reading the papers at any one of the many coffee shops in the city. We’re in the rehearsal studio warming up bodies to Kylie Minogue dance music. It’s then over to…

  • Week 10: Production Week Begins

    Gird the loins for production week. Here we go. Day 1 for the acting company in the rehearsal studio, and it’s another run. This is what I want and need right now. I’ve written before here about losing momentum in an extended rehearsal period, and we’ve arrived at the time to get the arc of…

  • Week 9: Tightening the Wheel Nuts

    photo credit: mag3737 Saturday: Goodness! Talk about feeling dazed and confused. This weekend was the first back after an Easter break, and 10 days away from the rehearsal room floor. To make matters worse, three of our company were absent; one on tour, and the others MIA. It was a difficult call given yesterday’s schedule…

  • Getting up close and personal

    There comes a time in rehearsals when the director wants to go in close to a piece of text and refine things with the actors. Sometimes it’s because moments or a whole scene are not working as well as they might. Characters may have become becalmed and need a fresh injection of energy. Tonight was…