Monthly Archives: April 2011

Next to Normal – MTC – Plotting

Plotting is very much like it’s homophyn – plodding.  I guess it’s the technical twin of the first block – you wade through, questioning every moment, getting everything to work together and make sense, and then one day a moment … Continue reading

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Next to Normal – MTC – Final Days on the Floor

The last two days in the rehearsal room were lovely.  The set had gone, so full attention could be given to the actors and not our diva trucks.  The room felt massive without the Goodman house in there.  It’s currently … Continue reading

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Next to Normal – MTC – Company Run

The Company Run is one of the wonderful traditions of most state theatre companies, and from what I understand the MTC ones are particularly great (my experience is that, anyway) due to the family feel of the company.  Today was … Continue reading

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Next to Normal – MTC – Day 21

I don’t know if was the Tim Tams at break, or the three coffees, but something smoothed this day out and everything worked today.  Not the automated platforms, but I don’t consider them part of my experience yet.  We started … Continue reading

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Next to Normal – MTC – Day 20

Memorable things that happened today – Bert’s Dr Fine accent – a bold choice that went very Kermit the Frog halfway through.  A real challenge for all involved to stay focused. Andy making me be his partner for the “Plug … Continue reading

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Next to Normal – MTC – Day 19

Week 4.  A nice place to be.  The slog of the first block done, but not close enough yet to tech to feel stressed about that stage.  We get the chance to really detail and work the whole show this … Continue reading

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Next to Normal – MTC – Day 17 and 18

Week 3 of the show drew to a close with a very definite deadline – chiefly, finishing the blocking of Act 2 and having it be in a good enough state to run smoothly by lunchtime Saturday. Friday we tackled … Continue reading

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