I am back at the Utah Shakespearean Festival this summer. Rehearsals/build were very challenging, but we have opened and the shows are getting rave reviews! (Well mostly, and those that aren’t are picking up steam and I am confident their critics will be raving soon enough!)
(Emily Trask as Portia, Chelsea Steverson as Nerissa, Tony Amendola as Shylock, Ryan Imhoff as Gratianio, Grant Goodman as Bassanio and Gary Neal Johnson as Antonio – – Photo by Karl Hugh USF 2010 ©)
I have Much Ado about Nothing and The Merchant of Venice. Both shows I have done before, both have their own challenges. I really like both of my shows. Really. I realized over the course of rehearsals that this is my 7th time doing Much Ado!!! Only my second for Merchant. Yes, I like old Willy (fine, Mr. William Shakespeare if you must) enough to do his plays over and over and over. I really do!
This summer I have two Shakespeare’s. I have never done this track before and will probably never do again!!! Having two giant shows in the outdoor theater is the hardest thing I have ever done… and I have done quite a bit, thankyouverymuch! I have a cast of 21 and a cast of 24 actors to shepherd through this journey. It wasn’t easy but luckily for me I have great casts and fantastic crews.
For those of you who are new to this blog… (as if anyone reads this – – ok, ok I know at least ONE person reads it AND thank you for that, Mr. Vice President!!)…
I am a Stage Manager. I make sure the play happens. I call the light and sound cues as well as keep the actors on track and make sure the artistic vision of the director and designers is maintained. I flip the cue lights that make the actors enter on time and do a lot of other Manager-type stuff to keep my two shows running smoothly. (Reminder: We have six main stage shows and two Greenshows so I am one of a tribe of Stage Managers) My job is not easy but it is really fun if you like to be organized and in charge.
Ummm… yeah… I like both of those things….
More to come. I was accosted by a “fan” on opening last week for not keeping up the old bloggy so I wanted to bang one out.
If you have any reason to be in Cedar City, Utah this summer, you will be horribly remiss if you do not at least see one show at the Festival. HORRIBLY.
(Matt Tallman as Claudio, David Ivers as Benedick, Gary Neal Johnson as Don Pedro, Robert Ramirez as Leonato – – Photo by Karl Hugh USF 2010 ©)