What a great day of rehearsal we had on Saturday.
We had a stumble-through of the show for a couple of reasons:
1) It was our first stumble through of the whole show in order, and it was great for the cast to get a feeling for the flow from beginning to end for the first time.
2) I got to see the traffic patterns (and therefore what I needed to do more or less of to keep the thing visually interesting), and I also got to make my work list for the next several days.
3) Reid Johnson, our fantastic lighting designer, got to see the show so he could write cues. The lights look so good already, I can’t believe it!
Then, for the last 1/2 of rehearsal, we went to the ballpark at the school, and did a bunch of scene work actually ON the baseball diamond, and in the dugouts. We had a blast. It was a great reminder of the DISTANCE of things. We also ran a few scenes with Erica and I acting out the parts of the kids, and Tobin and John doing their coaching from the dugouts, or from the coaches boxes during the scenes when they’re coaching 1st and 3rd base. It’s been a long time since I ran the bases, but I think I did okay – and Erica looked great running around in circles in Right Field missing flyballs as Frankie with the coaches yelling at her from the dugout! (When we complimented her on her outfield performance, she said “No problem – that’s how I NORMALLY look playing baseball!”)
We also played some catch, hit a few popups and grounders, and generally played a bit! A very useful rehearsal, and very fun!
Today we’ll be doing a short rehearsal, 3 hours – it’ll all be spent focusing on scene work from the top of my list. We’ll get to work onstage while Reid looks at the guys working in the light cues and adjusts levels, which is a nice way of sharing the space and making a rehearsal twice as useful. I love a good collaboration!