Hello Again My Friends,
Last night was a tremendous and emotional rehearsal. It was a joy and delight to watch Romeo and Juliet find each other through the bodies of Ryan Westwood and Eleanor Johnson. We had spectacular weather, and the most perfect wooded rock garden to practice in. After a humorous and lively Balcony Scene we transitioned into working on the Last Kiss scene. After reading through the text and discussing a couple different points of view we attempted a short exercise where we had Romeo climb up to Juliet's balcony. Once he gets there the two embrace. After they make their connection they realize that the sun is coming up and Romeo starts to leave and from that emotional place they start the scene. The stakes were very high, the jumping off point was precipitous and we were all ready to go with them. The Last Kiss scene has been one I have been very nervous about practicing and now I am very excited to incorporate the beautiful work we did last night into the rehearsals.
On another note: Last Saturday, the 17th several members of the OAT cast and artistic team ventured forth for a day of fun in the sun at Cannon Beach. This whole trip was the brain child of Ryan Westwood, our Romeo. After a crazy morning of picking up Sockeye Salmon, filling coolers with ice and beverages and gathering the important beach recreational sports equipment we embarked. The drive was easy and beautiful. The radio kept us happily entertained and along the way the cast and crew wrote the city of Chicago a love letter. Upon our arrival at the coast we went body surfing, built an OAT Sand Castle and fought, successfully (for a limited time) the rising of the tide!
After all the fun at Cannon Beach we packed up and drove a little South to Hug Point, a perfectly named beautiful little beach where we set up camp to cook our salmon dinner and enjoy the setting of the sun. After dinner we sang songs, told stories and basked in the glow of a beautiful and enchanting campfire. By the end of the day we all were sunburned and sandy. On the drive home most of us fell sound asleep. It was a great day. Looking forward to more adventures in the weeks to come.
Peace be with you