Nov 24 2009

Sleepless Nights, Endless Day & No Place I’d Rather Be!

For the first time since I started working on this blog, this post is totally from my point of view as a member of the administrative staff. It had always been my opinion that the more interesting stuff goes on in the shops, the rehearsal hall and on the stage, but after this week’s Opening… Read more »

Nov 18 2009

The Countdown to Opening Begins with Previews

Tonight is our first preview for Part II and it would probably be helpful for those not familiar, to explain exactly what a preview is. How is it different from Opening?  How is it different from other performances? Previews are a time-honored tradition, practiced in most professional theatres from Broadway to Pittsburgh to Chapel Hill.  … Read more »

Nov 16 2009

The world is our closet! Er, sort of.

Much has been made of the sheer scale of costuming a production this size–if you’ve been following the blog you know that not only are we making many costumes in-house, but have also pulled a lot from our own stock, borrowed them from partner theatres and drama departments in the state university system, and rented… Read more »

Nov 12 2009

Nicholas Nickleby Begins!

Previews for Part I began last night and continue through tomorrow. Part II previews next week and then Opening on the 21st!  You can join us and spend a day at the theatre on November 21st. We’re even serving dinner, if you make your reservations by Friday, November 13. See both parts of the show, eat dinner… Read more »

Nov 11 2009

It’s Tech – Part 2

Tonight I got see the dress rehearsal for Part I! Of course I’m supposed to be biased, but honestly – it was still the most fun I have had at the theatre in a long time. Previews for Part I start tonight. Production photos will be right here tomorrow, so be sure to come back… Read more »

Nov 10 2009

36 Hours, 25 Actors, 100+ Crew – It’s Tech! Part 1

Previews begin Wednesday and that means – Tech! Also known in the theatre world as Hell Week and with good reason. Tech refers to the stage of rehearsal when the company moves into the actual theatre for the first time. This is first time anyone has acted on the finished (almost) set; light cues are… Read more »

Nov 9 2009

Dreaming of Nickleby

A few days before Tech (Halloween to be exact), stage manager Sarah Smiley sent me a blog post describing how Nicholas Nickleby was affecting her dreams. I absolutely love it and have to share it with you below. One of the characters in this dream you’ve already met – Sarah’s dog Tug. After attending only… Read more »

Nov 6 2009

Another Day… Another Fitting

As promised, I made it to another costume fitting. This one was just as much fun as Jeff Meanza’s. This time up – company member Jimmy Kieffer.  Jimmy is a second-year MFA candidate in the Professional Actor Training Program here at UNC. During his time at PlayMakers, Jimmy has been seen as the lead fisherman… Read more »

Nov 4 2009

The Vision Series – The Blog in Live Action!

Are you enjoying the behind-the-scenes picture you’re getting from this blog? If so, you can see a live-action version tonight at PlayMakers! Join us for the Vision Series as directors Tom Quaintance and Joseph Haj answer you questions and give you the scoop on what’s going on in the rehearsal hall. You can also get… Read more »

Nov 3 2009

Bespoke Millinery, Part Two

Before we get to Rachel Pollock’s newest post – I need to make a correction to a previous post. Randy Handley’s notes (as mentioned in the last photo of this post) are actually kept using the award-winning system he designed, CAPS (Computer Aided Paperwork System). Co Star is the system that catalogues the PlayMakers/DDA vintage costume… Read more »