|When they're not onstage, Christopher Huntley (Peter Pan) and Shane Iverson (Wendy) can be found in the hall outside the CoLab, rehearsing a scene|
Monday, July 7. It’s the first day of rehearsal for Peter Pan, and all 37 (yes, 37—the largest cast ever!) young actors are assembled in the Nicholas Studio.
|Getting into the music rehearsal|
Afterwards, they gather in a circle onstage for the read-through/sing-through of the script. Now it’s official. Rehearsals are underway…
Was that strains of Peter singing “Never Never Land” coming from the Nicholas Studio? Or Captain Hook’s “Pirate Song” bursting out of the chorus dressing room and into the hall? Or, could that be the entire cast joining in “I’ve Gotta Crow,” their voices wafting throughout the building?
|No time is wasted. When not onstage, Nick Slimmer (Captain Hook) and cast members watch the action or make notes|
After three intense days of singing, the cast meets with Director Hisa Takakuwa in the Nicholas Studio for a full rehearsal, combining the words and music (or “score”) with the script (or “book”) of the play. Under Takakuwa’s direction, the next four weeks will about the process and working as an ensemble.
But first, each cast member must “discover” his or her character. Writing in a play book—that will fill quickly with notes—they begin with physical traits. This can be specifically physical (“I bounce on my toes when I walk”) or more emotional (“I’m really scared but try not to show it”).
|Grace Tomblin-Marca (Canary Rob) and Sydney Pardo (Robert Mullins) working on a song in the chorus dressing room|
Finally, the cast gathers around the perimeter of the stage, sitting in groups (Darling family, Pirates, Lost Boys, Indians) and standing as their scenes are played out—for the second read through/sing through of the script. This time, it’s different. They’ve made specific choices and become familiar with their characters. Now they’re a real ensemble, and whether performing or just watching and waiting, the concentration is intense and the joy is palatable.
As the last line is read, the last note sounded, a collective sigh goes out. They’ve made it through the first week!
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