Production Blog

Journey Into The World of a Fairytale Musical
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At this point in the rehearsal process I should be exhausted, right? WRONG. We start every rehearsal with dancing and singing and crunches and push-ups. It’s like a fabulous, sparkly boot camp.
The Girl in All Black Flailing Her Arms While on Headset
Ellen Connally, Assistant Stage Manger/Deck Chief for Compleat Female Stage Beauty, recounts her experiences backstage, learning the lingo, and figuring out how to flail her arms effectively.
Scoring a World: Sound Designing Compleat Female Stage Beauty
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Andrew Sours, sound designer for Compleat Female Stage Beauty, describes the ephemeral, invisible, intangible world of sound design as he recounts his experience working on this mainstage production.
Performance Professor Receives Critics Circle Awards
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The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle presented Stacey with an individual award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production of My Fair Lady.
Warming up the Space
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We began each day with rhythm and movement with Oliviero in the palestra. It was a great open space that allowed the 35 participants of the workshop to explore different beats, relationships, music, and instruments
On a Warmer Note
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"I sent some of the production team off on a little mission to come up a Plan B. It’s like 'Project Runway' and I’m Heidi Klum, or 'Parks and Rec' and I’m Leslie Knope, or 'Toddlers and Tiaras' and I’m one of those small, scary pageant girls. Any of the ways, I get to be blonde"...Zoe Benditt continues her journey through the wonderful world of production management
A note from halfway through...
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Vivian Appler recounts the first half of her time at her Swiss clown workshop.
Amateur Astronomy
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Vivian brags about her accomplishments as an amateur astronomer
Play of Scraps and Patches
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In Her Hamlet we see many parts of Hamlet, but through Jude’s fractured vision. Just as Jude is cobbling together a whole from scraps, fragments, and partial information, so are those of us working on the play
Let’s All Get Excited: Some Words about Production Management
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Hi, I’m Zoe Benditt. I’m the production manager for Tongues of Men and Angels, the assistant director for columbinus, the stage manager for Zanna, Don’t!, and I’m tired