Hello Adventure Connoisseurs,
This last week has just flown by. It is amazing to see this beautiful show come to life. On Thursday night we said goodbye to the boisterous Marquam bridge and the stunningly bucolic South Waterfron Garden rehearsal place. That place will be missed to be sure. And on Monday we will say hello to our technical rehearsal space and sight of two of our shows, the backyard of John and Maryjo Steele, my beloved and ever so supportive father and mother. Also next week we go into Technical rehearsals. This is a daunting prospect because there is so much to do. We have to create the world of Verona via set. We must acclimate to open flames on the stage and we must learn to start utilizing our ever useful and ever so interesting Light Fairies. What are Light Fairies you ask?
Because we don't have a catwalk or really any place to hang lights the lighting instruments are brought on by the actors and in scenes which occur in places or times which would need artificial light we use light fairies. It is actually quite a neat effect! To get to see light fairies in action you should just come on out and see a show!
But Light Fairies are not all we have planned for next week. We have a world to build, test out and then start fitting blocking around. We have a stage to paint, a fire to stoke and a giant tarp to put up. This next week will consist of creating the Theater in which Oregon Adventure Theatre operates.
In addition to all the old set stuff that will return, we are also adding a balcony that is easy to set up, sturdy and easy to take down. I admit the prospect of a "collapsible" balcony has a slightly frightening ring to it. But the design, conceived by the one and only Eric Lyness sounds like a good one and I am sure with his help and the help of my trusty OAT carpenters, (aka: Ryan Westwood, Jordin Bradley, Charles Steele and many others), we will make short work of bringing Verona Italy to the backyards and parks of Portland Oregon.
I am getting truly excited. This promises to be a great show.
All my best
"Art is not art if it merely imitates life, it must be life to be art."