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A Strong Week

And so begins the journey… This past week marked the start of Into the Woods auditions and casting. At this point last year, I hadn’t even selected a musical to produce in the spring, let alone started casting it. So I feel way ahead of the game, and I’m hoping to stay ahead. Into the…

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Betting on The Bard

“All the world’s a stage” The works of William Shakespeare are a gift unto humanity, not just the English-language speaking world. The plays teach us how to love, how to scheme, how to dream, and how to change. Whether or not Shakespeare himself wrote the play Twelfth Night (performed this past Saturday by hundreds of…

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A Day of Many Firsts

What a Day! Yesterday was quite a day at Herndon High School. I led my first field trip in my young teaching career. Yesterday was my first time inside Sidney Harman Hall (on the stage to be precise) as a part of my first time participating in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Text Alive! program. Yesterday was…

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Circles of Gratitude

Theatre is a Circle Last year, when I first arrived at Herndon High School, I made an introductory video. In that video, I stated the belief that theatre is a circle, rather than a pyramid. This year I have been focused on growing and strengthening that circle. What I have increasingly come to realize is…

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Greatness is a process

Be not afraid of greatness  From the outset of any theatrical production, there’s no guarantee of success. Only the process that the production takes on can dictate success, and even then it’s not a done deal because a lot can happen in the last week of production. For Twelfth Night, the process included such a…

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Opening Weekend Reflections

Friday Night The temperature may be dropping, but things are really heating up in the Herndon High School Theatre Department. Opening night of Twelfth Night went brilliantly last Friday night. I’m so proud of the kind of work the ensemble is doing at the moment. It’s not simply that the lines are memorized and the…

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Heaven Week

It’s the week of the show y’all! The week preceding a show’s premiere is referred to, in many theatrical circles, as “hell week” and I find the term offensive. Yes, the hours of mindless sitting and waiting in a dark theatre while tech crew chatter back and forth depletes the very life out of an…

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Shakespearean Improv

Time to Brag Sometimes there are days where obstacles are omnipresent and it’s a struggle to control the outcome of even basic plans (those days are called “days”). And then there are days like today when things go so well that you have to brag, or blog, about it. Make hay Today was a 2-hour…

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No power? No problem!

Never a dull moment  In my last post, I exalted in just how resilient this ensemble has been thus far. Well, today was no different. Cuts aren’t always skin deep  First, today’s rehearsal was the day I announced “cuts” to the script (those lines which don’t make it into the final production) ahead of our…

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Notes from a Stumble Through Rehearsal

This ensemble rolls with the punches but comes out swinging.  Last Thursday and Friday night we attempted to perform a “stumble-through” rehearsal of all five acts of Twelfth Night with both casts. I knew it wouldn’t be a cake walk for a multitude of reasons. As we near the end of the first marking period,…

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