CHANTELL WALKER - OBSERVER MONDAYS DIRECTOR - GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO THE SECOND WEEK OF REHEARSALS FOR THE PRODUCERS, DIRECTED BY RAZ SHAW

OBSERVATION ON REHEARSAL WEEK OF 29TH OCTOBER 2018

When I walked into the rehearsal room, the room had transformed from last week. There were now mood boards on various walls, costume design boards, more props and parts of the set scattered around the room. There was also such a buzz in the rehearsal room, the cast have been together now for over a week and already spent many hours together and you could tell that everyone had got to know each other in that short but busy time.

THE WEEK OF PLAY

In the morning Raz got straight on to working on a scene with two of the principle characters. The scene involves the two characters coming to a head and it ending in a huge but comical fight. Firstly Raz wanted to show some examples of the research he’d made on the sort of style he imagines the fight to be like. He showed the actors some clips he’d found for reference. He also explained how he wants them to play around with the scene before a fight director comes in to work closely on the fighting aspect.

I thought it was really interesting how Raz encouraged the actors to be so free and playful with the scene. For some time he watched them just play, trying all sorts of ways to shape the scene. The actors were coming up with some fantastic ideas, Raz had created space where the actors felt comfortable to come up with various interpretations and to give them a try whether they were successful or not. This reminded me for future productions that I should make sure there is enough time for the actors to play with the scene and not feel pressured in to making decisions so quickly.

After lunch the ensemble cast then had a choreography call. Raz and the Assistant Director stayed in the rehearsal room while the choreographer and assistant choreographer worked with the ensemble cast. After their warm up they then got on to working on the choreography on one of the musical numbers. All the cast got given a certain prop (no spoilers) however the prop took some getting used to with the cast and at times seemed very tricky at points. However the routine is going to be something really special and I’m looking forward to seeing it develop further.

REFLECTIONS

It has been a great week in rehearsals on week 2 of The Producers. It’s been interesting to watch scenes begin to take shape through the element of play. It has reminded me that finding a time to play with the text is really important and magical things can be created by doing so. I’m looking forward to next week.


The Producers runs 30 November 2018 - 26 January 2019, Theatre

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