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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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Homecoming parade reflections

Why I love my job reason #465 Last year’s Herndon Homecoming parade was my first homecoming ever. Growing up in New York City, I don’t remember ever hearing about homecoming outside of TV or movies. While last year was a lot of fun, it was all just so new to me that I couldn’t plan, prepare, or…

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Introductory Blog Post

I’m so excited to officially inaugurate the Director’s Blog! The school year has started at a furious pace! Rehearsals for Twelfth Night are well underway! Our improv team is practicing weekly, and our ITS troupe has already started to organize a jam-packed year of events. Please check back here for updates as things are heating…

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