I’m here at home, getting ready for today’s rehearsal (I still can’t believe I’ve finished staging!!) where we’ll do a bunch of runs of the last scene we staged yesterday so we can put it on video for our lighting designer (Alexa), a chorus & orchestra rehearsal, and finally a stumble-through of Act II. Tomorrow morning, we’ll do our first stumble-through of the whole show. That we’re here already, almost a week away from tech, feels like a miracle, yet there is no question of what we’re doing to do with our time.
One of the things that’s been absolutely wonderful about this year’s process is the addition of our musician/coaches Shayne and Wallie to the mix, which is what allowed us to bring teen violinists into the project for the first time. In some ways, this opportunity is unique to Purcell, whose music is much more playable for students than any of the stuff we’ve done in the past. But it’s also a testament to the two of them, specifically, and what they bring to the table. [Read more…]