We have continued working on fine tuning scene work this week, as well as making sure each transition is as smooth and specific as possible. On Thursday, we focused on the think tank section of the show, where each officer helps their group create part of the new Lush Valley Oath of Allegiance. We are trying to get each officer to engage their think tank group as productively as possible, so that we end up with an Oath that represents every one of our new Lush Valley citizens.
On Saturday, we had the pleasure of having about 15 audience members visit our rehearsal space for a run through. These rehearsals are always the most enlightening, because we need our Lush Valley applicants in order to figure out the traffic patterns and timing of the show. We found a lot of things that were working really well with audience in the room, and some that needed tightening up. The dances in the show can be a bit tricky for the Lush Valley officers to navigate with audience members in the room, so it was great to see those sections as they would be in performance so that we can adjust accordingly. We also were able to see how the various paper materials in the show – from intake forms to checklists to voting ballots – were fitting in to the entire piece, and how we need to tailor those to fit the needs of our audience members.
We are excited to get deeper into rehearsal next week, as we speed towards tech and the beginning of previews on September 7th! Stay tuned for more updates!
A very productive couple of days! After working through a lot of transition moments we had a complete run thru on Thursday followed by some feedback that’s really propelling the show in a new, yet more defining direction. It’s amazing what a little feedback can do to a show! There are some major structural changes that, although created a very jam packed rehearsal on Saturday, are definitely giving the piece a new life that was missing from before. We have more of a chance to visit with Georgie and Jason to learn about their relationship, a little more time to see the competition between Miguel and Kim, and some great moments of clarity in general for the audience.
I’m super excited to have had all the videos filmed on Friday and especially the TED Talk videos! All the actors with a TED Talk were placed in front of a green screen and Tal Yarden will later put in diagrams, pictures, video to really spruce them up and make them even more compelling than the text already make them.
Another big step forward here in Lush Valley! We began an early day with a recap of our gestures from previous workshops and showed off a new serious of gestures based the words hope, invitation, potential and pride. We jumped right into choreographing a new dance and spent the majority of our time together creating an uplifting, welcoming, environment for our applicants. We started from scratch with the new gestures and a new song and the first section is really taking shape! After lunch, we spent the rest of the day focusing on the character Jason within the script. Looking forward to the rest of this week as we’ve had a very productive first couple of days back in the rehearsal room!
We had an exciting first rehearsal today for our upcoming production of LUSH VALLEY, which premieres September 11th at HERE! We began our day with a read through of the script, which we recently spent a week workshopping at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. After the read through, our set designer Clint Ramos gave us a tour of the set model box and showed everyone the layout of his immersive design. After lunch, we put the final scene of the script on its feet and sketched out some blocking. We spent the rest of our group rehearsal reviewing our gesture dance choreography from the work-in-progress showing we did earlier this year at Culturemart, and finished off the day working on a scene between LUSH VALLEY officers Kim and Jason. We are excited to be back in the rehearsal room with a great cast and creative team, and are looking forward to sharing our work with you in September. Stay tuned for daily updates throughout our process!