June 12, 2009

Dolly Week 2

I call this: summer stock,theatre — Posted by KP @ 3:48 pm

Sorry I haven’t been around much. I’ve been so busy, I don’t feel like I ever have any free time. I actually have a decent amount of time off, but I don’t ever feel like I have time to be alone and uninterrupted long enough to attempt something that requires more than a few minutes of intense focusing. I have been trying to ensure I get enough sleep, especially since I have forsworn soda and to a large extent, coffee, and can’t rely on caffeine to make me functional. I also don’t have exclusive use of my car on this show, so I never go anywhere on the meal break and don’t accomplish much outside of the theatre and the housing, and when I’m at the theatre I never seem to be able to find a quiet place to work without disruption. Everything else in my life is falling apart, but I’m in better shape and the show is going smoothly, so I guess that’s something.

Rehearsals are going really well. The show is going to be great, and Rachel York is going to be an amazing Dolly. I’m very proud of what we’re accomplishing. We’re a little behind where I’d like to be in that we start tech tomorrow and there are still new things to teach today, and we won’t get to do a run before tech (though we will have done something resembling a run for each act — a week apart), but I think tech will go relatively smoothly.

My suspicion about tech is that it will be a show like Carousel, where each act only has a few scenes, and things will progress much more quickly than it seems because really not that much changes. The few changes are huge, but once they’re done, the majority of stage time sits in long scenes. At least it’s my hope that that’s the way it will go. I’m a little nervous starting tech, but the show is going to be so good, all we have to do is get through it.