So, it's March 10th, which means we have about five weeks before The Skriker opens. You can purchase your tickets online now. They're getting snatched up already, which is wonderful.
We're almost completely blocked.
We ran into a bit of a snaffu last week, however. Erin Ordway, who was playing Lily, had to drop out of the show due to a serious personal situation and we've replaced her with Kelly Yacono, who was playing the Kelpie. Kelly's going to rock and here are just a couple of reasons why:
1. She knows how to play Cat's Cradle.
2. She's funny, game for everything and gets along splendidly with the entire cast, not to mention Lisa and Kat, who are playing The Skriker and Josie, respectively.
3. She rocked her audition and really made the role pop.
4. She's a clever gal and will be able to learn her blocking and lines quickly.
So ... all things happen for a reason. I think this will be an excellent change for the show. Amanda Eaton, who is our Bogle, will be moving into the Kelpie/Yallery Brown role as well, so ... rock and roll.
Robert's written excellent music for the show. Go check out his myspace page he's made for his show compositions and you'll be able to hear his music for the huge Underworld scene midshow as well as other music he's written for us from past productions. His partner, Kristen Strezo, has also done quite a bit with helping us with music, as well.
Jeff Semmerling has completed the masks and he'll be bringing them to one of our ensemble rehearsals to see how they fit the cast and also see how the cast is moving in them.
Joseph has been absolutely amazing with his assistance with the character movement. The cast loves him, I love him and he's been a huge part of the creation of this show, thus far.
Heath talked to me yesterday about his design for the set. You're going to love it, people. I'm quite taken it with it.
Erin Lapham, our lighting designer, is totally on the ball and has been getting ready for moving into the Angel Island space. Speaking of being "totally on the ball" ... I need to email her about scene breakdowns.
And, last but not least, our fearless cast keeps on jumping through these swampy waters with me and we've been having an excellent time. Other than Erin Ordway leaving the show, it's been one of the smoothest rehearsal processes we've had in a long time and I'm incredibly thankful to everyone who has helped so far.
And now, I will share with you a painting that was a source of conversation and inspiration for the Underworld scene we worked on Saturday.