After the second week of rehearsals for The Comedy of Errors, a few cast members shared their thoughts about being at the midpoint of their process. Cast members Sean Close, Savannah Jackson, Danielle Leneé, and Brendan Moser were also able to provide a preview of a few scenes to Kent County arts supporters during an event at Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence in Dover.
After two weeks of rehearsal, what are you excited about so far? And, what are you looking forward to exploring during the next stage of work?
I’m excited by the atmosphere and energy of the show. It has an electric urgency which I hope that the audience will enjoy. There is an immediacy to every character’s need.
I’m looking forward to running the show in its entirety and getting a sense of the flow of the show from start to finish. The first run is one of my favorite parts of any production, and, especially for a comedy, it’s wonderful to see all the scenes come together to create a unified experience.
I’m excited that the entire show is blocked, giving us time to refine and dive deeper into our characters onstage.
I’m looking forward to translating and adapting the progress we’ve made inside at OperaDelaware to our performance space at Rockwood.
I’m excited about how messy the play gets. In Act 5, we start to see more characters on the stage, each addressing a personal issue they have with someone else. As the plot thickens, and the characters become more confused and entangled in this metaphorical web, we see a lot of comedic mess on stage, and it’s so hilarious to watch!
In the coming weeks Im looking forward to digging deeper into my performance and I mean this in all respects. Whether it’s digging more into the text, more into my character and who she is, more into what I want, more into the playfulness with my sister, or all of the above.
I’ve had some of the most enlightening and enjoyable moments working with this brilliant cast these past two weeks. We’ve been working on a scene that pretty much epitomizes the chaos that is the city of Ephesus. I’m really excited to see it in its final form.
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I’m happy to have staged the Abbess scenes and am starting to explore the many layers in the big reveal at the end. It’s exciting to see that it has so much packed into such a big moment. I’m looking forward to finding and filling all of it out.
In my view we are now entering the most exciting and most creative stage of the process. We have the words in our heads, we have our blocking, which then frees the actor to begin deeply exploring his/her choices on how best to present the text and fulfill the director’s vision for the play.
The addition of the original music, the unified singing voices of the company, also brings a new level of excitement and energy to the building of a cohesive ensemble.
Watching the team of actors work, I’m feeling good about where we are as a company. And it will only get better. Should be an exciting run!
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