The Director's Corner

Mr. Raphael Schklowsky

Greatness is a process

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

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!

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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