Category Archives: Jules Verne

80 Days, and then some more

Reports from the Rehearsal Room:

In rehearsal: Bill Johns/Detective Fix and Nolan Palmer/Passepartout.

In rehearsal: Bill Johns/Detective Fix and Nolan Palmer/Passepartout.

1. Saturday’s Designer Run went great! I take it as a personal complement that the cast did very well – and  some members of the design/technical team were grinning>>  and still had their heads spinning (17 dialects…150-200 sound cues…300+ lighting cues…33 characters!). Good Times and Adventures for everyone!!

2. Two of our actors and I spoke with the host of an Arts program on KING-FM (our classic music station), about the show and she was very excited. Even wants to do a follow-up interview with the costume designer and the dialect coach; she was very intrigued about how we’ll pull off so many quick costume changes and multiple dialects.

3. Just got off the phone with a writer from Seattle’s Child, who’ll write an article promoting the play as a great outting for families with kids 10 yrs+.  She was very taken with the adventure story appeal of the material and the theatricality of the production. That’s a good sign:  we want a lot of people enchanted by the very idea of the play … and then mob the theatre for tickets!

4. The cast is moving off-book this week, always a week of brain-strain for the best actors. It’s a wonderful, fun and mutually supportive cast (Ryan Childers, Bill Johns, Andrew Litzky, Nolan Palmer, and Alyson Scadron Banner), and I can’t be thankful enough for a great stage manager too (Anne Hitt). In a few days we’ll add all of the rehearsal props and constumes — fun times!

More to come!!!

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