Rehearsals began last week at Pearl Studios in midtown, a haven for dancers, singers and actors. Anyone who has worked as a performer in the city has had several brushes with Pearl. Our director works quickly, and we are thrilled. Because the show's pacing is so fast, it is fitting. The cast is up to the task, and we are beyond thrilled with the actors who have joined us. I sometimes look around at our crew and cast, and director, and think, 'I have hit the jackpot.' I was unsure of myself, as I normally am so early in the process (ask anyone who knows me and has fielded a mid-rehearsal-process panic call from me) but last night some great strides were made in the room, and I think we're really going to cook.
We are slowly getting to know each other- and we're all very different-and we're beginning to get comfortable with one another. The actors are game to try anything, which is great. Which may or may not include barrel-rolling across a table top, resulting in it collapsing. Awesome. Stephen, our director, has blocked the whole show nearly, which will now allow for the real fun to begin- the true working rehearsal. Once things are 'blueprinted' actors can now play within these lines and see what happens. For me, these working rehearsals are the best part of the whole process. Many actors would say it is the electricity and discoveries in these sessions which make acting so intoxicating and, for me, the reason for getting up in the morning