Me as Aldolpho in Vancouver, Dec. 2008.
OH MY GOD, MY PEOPLE, LISTEN UP! THE SET IS AWESOME. Michael Gianfrancesco’s design is so gorgeous. I haven’t talked to him about what his actual inspiration was but the stage is framed in these descending sizes of rectangular arches as it goes away from the audience. (I know they have a technical name but I can’t remember. I know – “Bad member of the theatrical community. Bad member of the theatrical community.”) But it looks like the rest of the stage is just floating in Champagne. I know that sounds odd but when you see it, you’ll know what I mean. Not in a glass of Champagne – that’s not the shape – but it’s like you look into a bottle of Champagne and you see this jewel of show. It’s like Whoville living on a speck of dust. (Hmmm, too obscure?? Dr. Seuss? No? Oh well, it’s my blog. I get to be obscure)
The rest of the set is equally as beautiful. It looks so rich and chic. It has “1920’s” all over it. Very Art Deco and the colours are so incredible. But it’s smart and functional. We had a spacing rehearsal yesterday. Basically that just means that we get on stage and our director and choreographer get in the audience and we see how things actually look from the audience and we make sure we are in the right spots to be seen by everyone and the shapes that the choreographer, Tracey, has created makes the right patterns on the stage. It’s always funny when people hit the stage for the first time. There are things that just become different when you get to the stage but it’s like actors suddenly become developmentally challenged for a day. “Is this where I am?” “This feels closer now.” “Have I always been here?” “I thought I was behind him.” It’s very funny to watch and be part of. I totally admit it, I usually have at least one of those moments . . . and in fact did. What happened, you ask? Well . . . the details aren’t important (he says trying to hide his shame.)
Today should be fun. We have our Sitzprobe. That’s a lovely German word that basically means that we sit and sing with the orchestra for the first time. It’s always one of the most thrilling days to finally hear all of the musicians, all of those amazing players and instruments, the trumpets and trombones and saxes and percussion. And with a show like this, the way the instruments are used for the music is so inventive as they were just discovering such bold sounds in the 20’s – all kissed by the Jazz Age. Can’t wait, y’all. I’ll keep you posted.”