It has been three weeks since my last entry. Very sorry. It was not for lack of amazing things taking place. There are many aspects of production that would already be in place and for which I would have no responsibility. Here, however, the E.P. and I are setting up the production structure. Certain things would be in place prior to auditions, such as design approval. Here, we're cast and in rehearsal as we head toward designers presentation and director's approval contained within this week.
The gift is the building of something in excitement and a reminding (me) of the overwhelmingly good education I have: my degree required extensive coursework in dramatic literature, theatre history, and all areas of technical theatre -- and that included theory classes and practical application in production. Students who were really shinning, were hired by the professional theatre in residence at my university.
...I'd forgotten that...
I was well-prepared, had faced hardships, and rejoiced in ensemble success. I still stand on the shoulders of my teachers...gratefully...determined to lift up those are now hoping to step up into my profession.
Now for our actual progress/process:
The beginning readings have been surprising on two levels. One: the excitement that is just exploding here is continuing. Young designers are fun and clever. However, (Two:) Students read for words, but not their meaning...or the experience of feeling...or inspiration to imagining how to physicalize and intertwine with other characters.
...maybe theatre artists should be in the classroom more, rather than as a special project.