Last week was a busy one at City Theatre, with a workshop of our final show Speak American and our next mainstage show Mary’s Wedding vying for use of the rehearsal hall.
After initial introductions, the first rehearsal of Mary’s Wedding began with a presentation by set designer Tony Ferrieri, who shared his vision for the set with the aid of his color model (seen in earlier blog posts), pictures he used for inspiration, and plenty of grass harvested from around town.
Costume designer Susan Tsu was up next; she talked about her ideas for the two characters and passed around fabric samples and beautiful paintings she created to showcase her designs.
Lighting designer Andrew Ostrowski and Sound Designer/Composer Andre Pluess were finishing up other projects and could not join us for the first rehearsal, but we look forward to hearing from them soon to round out the design elements for the show.
Finally, we heard a few words from playwright Stephen Massicotte, who made a special trip to be with us for the beginning of the process. He gave unique insights into his experiences with past productions and a deeper understanding of the play. We all then sat down and the actors – for the first time together – read the play aloud.
We’re off to an exciting start!
Posted by Christine Pini, Artistic Assistant