Jordin here. It's FRIDAY! And what a big week this has been for OAT!
We've really begun the push to get the word out about the stunning work we're creating. Therefore, my main hat this week has been my Marketing Hat. I wrote my first Press Release this week (with the help of my dear writer friend and official OAT photographer, Kate Peifer)! I also created some newspaper advertisements, a Facebook Event, local event listings, and some informational flyers. I am exploding at the seams with concise, chipper information about OAT's Romeo and Juliet.
As for rehearsals, I was only actually called on Wednesday, when we blocked the last scene of the play. This is a scene that, in many productions of R and J, tends to feel like a deflating balloon after all of the excitement, suspense and high stakes throughout the rest of the play. At first, ours was like that too.
But with the help of Mr. Steele, we found a way to make the final scene truly explosive.
The stakes in the scene are, in fact, incredibly high. First of all, we enter the scene to find Juliet newly dead, who had JUST been buried. Creepy. Also, there is a dead Montague in the Capulet crypt. What in the world?? And Paris is dead?! What kind of crazy shenanigans are going on here? And by the end, two of the most ancient enemies, people whose families have been gridlocked against one another for years, TAKE HANDS???
With all of this fuel in mind, the cast truly connected in to the final scene, giving it an incredible energy and intensity. I can't wait to get there with the arc of the whole play behind us!
At the end of this exhausting yet rewarding week, the city of Portland set fireworks off in honor of all of our hard work. At least we can pretend they were for us... Thursday's rehearsal coincided with the Oregon Symphony's free concert in Waterfront Park. So, after a productive rehearsal (the whole show has now been blocked!), members of the cast headed up to catch the second half of a magical evening of music, ending with cannons (real, giant, amazing CANNONS), the 1812 Overture, and, yes, fireworks.
Here's to a full, amazing week and what promises to be a very magical show!