Yesterday was such an exciting day! We had our first official rehearsal for The Sound of Music tour!
To start off the day, the whole cast and team (producers, designers, marketing, crew, etc.) met at our rehearsal studio on 42nd Street in the morning for a meet and greet reception. This meeting included photo taking, speeches from the producers and director, and design presentations from the scenic and costume departments (complete with slide show presentation!). Next, we had a session with a representative from the Actor’s Equity Association (the actor’s professional union who protect our rights and safety) to discuss rules and procedures, and to elect the ‘Equity Deputies.’ These are members of the cast (one from the principal cast and one from the ensemble) who will act as a bridge between the cast, company manager, stage manager, and the actor’s union should any professional concerns arise during the tour.
Then after our lunch break it was down to business! While the ensemble learned the beautiful ‘Prelidium’ (the opening of the show) the principal cast sat down for ‘table work’ with director, Jack O’Brien. During this time, we discussed the historical and circumstantial context of the show, relationships between characters, and in what ways our version of The Sound of Music will differ from previous iterations. I really enjoy this part of production and think it is very important to do before diving in to rehearsal. That way, everyone can be on the same page, and work together to have cohesive intentions as a group, making for a focused narrative with a clear message.
I am SO excited to get started. I think this is going to be a very striking and unique production of The Sound of Music and I hope some of you get the chance to see it! Follow along for more info about the show and process! There is so much more to come!