Hello Again My Friends,
We had a wonderful first week of rehearsal. We managed to complete a lot of blocking and had very few hiccups along the way. However, we have had our first lantern casualty. Looks like I get to go outdoor equipment shopping soon!
Last night was a beautiful night for Shakespeare in the park. Once again we were graced by the melodious music of the Great Highland Bagpipes. (An instrument so loud it can be heard above the din of rush hour traffic.) What has been most fun for me has been watching the actors make discoveries about their characters as we go along and seeing the beauty and mystery of our rehearsal space inform choices and decisions. This process really is becoming quite an adventure.
On another note, tragedy struck last night as one of OAT's beloved spirit animal mascots, a Beta fish named Cori, passed away peacefully in his tank. He was brought to the end of rehearsal and we gave him a proper burial at river side complete with bouquets of wildflowers arranged by our Mercutio (Jessica Hillenbrand) and a full cast acapella rendition of Amazing Grace. It was actually quite moving. The beautiful city lights in the back ground set the mood as the smooth waves of the Willamette, lapping at our feet, conducted us as we sang Cori to the great Beta tank in the sky.
I am really looking forward to next week and starting to piece together the elements of the story. Hopefully we get to start including more of the set pieces that make OAT productions so wonderful.
"The greatest risk one will ever take in life is to take none."
Until next time