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Director’s Brief: Rehearse•Cast•Give•Audition

Hi, everyone! This week has been hectic and packed with events, in the way that we love to experience life at Simmons PMT. The cast of The Lion in Winter arrived and we want you to get to know them so we slipped into the Cathedral of the Madeleine for a very special  photoshoot – … Continued

Director’s Brief: Visiting NYC during the Holidays

New York was bustling—there is an “I’m living in a holiday movie”-thing that happens in New York in December. The decorations, the crowds, the cold! It’s a special time. I got to visit with some of our wonderful Sweeney Todd cast members. I saw an eclectic mix of theatre, and particularly enjoyed The Lifespan of … Continued

Director’s Brief: “Winter Wishes” from PTC

Happy Holidays! The holiday season officially begins here the week after Thanksgiving, when our third show of the season opens. Traditionally, it’s a holiday-themed or family-friendly, upbeat title we hope appeals to everyone. This year, we visit Jane Austen’s England for a fun and heartwarming imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It’s called Miss Bennet: … Continued

Director’s Brief: The Pemberley cast gives thanks

It is a PTC tradition for the visiting cast to join me and my family for Thanksgiving dinner. It is a usually quite a feast with enough leftovers to carry us through tech rehearsals over the weekend. We open next Friday! I asked the cast of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley to write what their … Continued

Director’s Brief: The Next Generation of Female Theatre Artists

The kindness of strangers… If you look carefully at the program for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, you will note that there’s a new endowment established to support the advancement of female theatre artists here at PTC. That endowment was given to us by Robin M. Woods. In this first year, the funding is being … Continued

Director’s Brief: We Bid Adieu to “Sweeney”

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley has arrived! That is, the cast and director are all here, and the scenic and costume-building processes are underway.   It’s quite a different tone from our dark and bloody Sweeney Todd.   Rehearsals began Monday and the first read-through was a delight. This will be a wonderful holiday diversion … Continued

‘Post Script’ Mondays

November 5, 2018 You are invited to join us! “Post Script” After Show Events Introducing “Post Script,” after the second Monday of every production. This is your time to visit with some cast and crew of the current production, or even the playwright. Give the parking lot a little time to clear out while you … Continued

Director’s Brief: A Very Different Animal

Greetings from New York City! The weather is lovely, mild and perfect for walking—which I love to do when I’m here. Weaving between people and cars, handcarts and tourists, jaywalking (!), makes me feel my New York roots. I’m here in the auditions for Once—a very different animal from our usual musical audition week. Beyond … Continued

Dress Like a King

You don’t  have to be an actor to dress like a  

Opening Night Blog: SWEENEY TODD

Halloween Alter Egos by PTC blogger Lansia Wann Sweeney Todd fully falls into the spirit of Halloween. Walking into the theatre last Friday on opening night, I couldn’t remember, for the life of me, the plot of this play. I’m pretty sure I saw the movie with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, but what … Continued