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Director’s Brief: “Once” – a quadruple threat onstage

  Happy Opening Night to the cast of Once! This quadruple-threat cast, who have sang and danced and acted and played their way through the tech process, has found its stride. They are killing it onstage. I cannot overstate how difficult it is to put together a show in which the actors are also their … Continued

Thank you, Pioneer Theatre Company staff

I want to salute the staff of Pioneer Theatre Company this week. In the days before tech, every hour is at a premium. That was definitely the case this week, as we were getting ready for tech for Once. But then we woke up Wednesday morning to all that snow. The production staff was supposed … Continued

Director’s Brief: Back from New York…

I write this at 30,000 feet—returning from a busy week in New York where the temperatures were frigid! I saw four shows: Prom, Choir Boy, Network and King Kong. Four very different kinds of show; two musicals, one play with music and one play. Network and King Kong take advantage of some amazing theatrical technology. Video and … Continued

Director’s Brief: We recycle.

This is what our recycling looks like when we are working on a new play reading….. Hope you are joining us tonight and tomorrow at the UMFA Dumke auditorium for our second Play by Play reading, “The Fifth Domain.”  

Interview with Phillip R. Lowe, Costume Designer for “The Lion in Winter”

Vreni Romang, PTC’s Publicity Manager, sat down with Phillip R. Lowe – PTC’s Resident Costume Designer and designer for The Lion in Winter. Vreni Romang, PTC: What was the design process for The Lion in Winter?   Phillip R. Lowe, Costume Designer: Our initial production meeting with Wes [Grantom, the director] and the other designers was … Continued

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