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HIGH SOCIETY

PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 10:25 pm
by Barry
May 25th Garrick Theatre

When I get a moment I must write a big chunk about this production I have directed and designed. I am just back from the third performance and it really could not be faulted. Exhilerating and ravishing. What a band and cast and crew we have. Last night was a little wobbly and monday was ok, but tonight, oh my it was good.

Re: HIGH SOCIETY

PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 11:27 am
by Barry
Sunday 29th May 2011

Ah well that's High Society done and dusted - so long Dexter and goodbye. A logn ten month journey with me starting work on it in France last summer - as always I tried to find a space that would allow suggestions of the 18 locations the rather too literate script called for. I do seem to enjoy creating flexible spaces that allow the actors to play. I think it would be fair to say that we struggled with the rehearsals as we had a cast of 16, and many of those found it hard to commit, thanks to families, holdiays, work and such, but you know what? We got there. A total of about 55 people invovled with the production and probably 40 of those involved every night. That's a lot of volunteer people to marshal let alone produce something slick and entertaining. I don't think the hideous words 'am-dram' could have been applied to this production in any department. It was a fine looking production, and the set alone got an applause each night. The 15 piece band were fantastic with some gorgeously bouncy orchestrations. A great cast that grew in detail and spirit over the week. The lighting was beautiful, and whilst the head mics gave us a few problems, it all sounded good. if we had had more time I would like to have had more choreographed gags and business but for the fifty hours of rehearsals that we had I think we did darn well. It all worked.
Well doen to everyone.....so why do we do this. Give up so much time and effort. I do feel very deflated today but already thinking of the next one.