Director’s Brief: Happy Thanksgiving!

Director’s Brief: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Black Friday at PTC begins at noon with the first technical rehearsal for Newsies– with just eight days until opening we have a lot to do. Today is certain to be a long day: We will work from noon to midnight, with a dinner break in the middle, and we need to get the technical elements for Act 1 worked out.
Our crackerjack Stage Management team has been hard at work getting the paperwork completed so that the backstage crew can get a crash course in how to move all of our scenic pieces around. The actors will get their first taste of what it will really be like on the stage and not in the rehearsal room, although they will likely be most excited to get into the actual scenery—we have been using a variety of “do-fers” that are fine for the rehearsal room but in no way resemble the size and scope of the actual scenery.
George Maxwell’s set is stunning and I am certain that Kirk Bookman, our lighting designer will work his magic before too long.
On Monday, the orchestra joins us in the afternoon and we will get our first look at David Mickelsen’s costumes that evening.
It is going to be a busy week…wish us luck! Don’t forget to buy your tickets!  Tell your friends too, they make great holiday gifts!
Karen