Last video blog before tech begins early tomorrow morning at Eastworks! A million, million thanks to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, South Hadley for their kindness and hospitality! Though we will admit we are so looking forward to air-conditioning! So looking forward to lights! So terrified that TECH IS ALREADY UPON US! 😭
Program delivered to the printer. Just realized I still have to create a vlog for this past week. 😭😂🤣
Audiences, I hope you will appreciate the inclusion of summaries for each scene. It took a long time.
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…]
Hey friends! I’m now heading into the fifth week of directing this year’s summer opera, Dido and Aeneas. If you’ve been following along, you know we’ve been keeping a video diary chronicling our process to give you a glimpse of both our hard work and the fun we have. Here’s the latest installment! This week, we celebrated one student’s legal name change, battled more hot weather (and also a storm!), started and nearly finished staging Act II, and began having some real rehearsals with our orchestra.
Tickets are on sale now for ATS Opera Workshop: Dido and Aeneas, coming to Eastworks in Easthampton, August 2-4!