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

OBSERVATION ON REHEARSAL WEEK OF 19TH NOVEMBER 2018

It is now week 4 of rehearsals of The Producers and every week the show is coming together more and more.

As I was ill last week, I had a chat with the lovely Assistant Director Lucy Curtis and she got me up-to date with where they are in the process. This week they are working on detailing each scene so they will be ready for a full run next week.

The day started off with the principle characters and ensemble working closely on a scene in the second act. Firstly, Raz got the group to sit in a circle to read through the scene. The scene had been worked on previously and now it’s in the detailing process. Raz made an opportunity to create a discussion about the scene before getting it back on its feet.

It was interesting to listen to the group discuss about what they felt was working for them and what wasn’t. Raz gave the group a safe place for discussion which allowed the cast to raise questions and share their thoughts on the scene. The discussion helped solve problems, find hidden elements and highlighted certain points that needed to be focused on more. Raz also discussed certain aspects within the scene such as the high stakes, points of focus and its underlying political message.

The Producers Rehearsals Image, Royal Exchange Theatre

I thought it was great that Raz made the time to just sit and discuss the scene before putting it back up on its feet. By doing this, certain things were smoothed out before the cast started to run the scene.

During the past couple of weeks the Director, Choreographer and Musical Director have seemed to work independently when working with the cast on different elements of the show. However at this stage all the creatives now work in unison. It was great to see them all supporting each other, sharing their thoughts and discussing certain moments and details that they can add to build the story further.

The Producers Rehearsals Image, Royal Exchange Theatre

REFLECTIONS

During week 4 I have discovered that discussion at all stages is so important with the development of a production. As a director at this point in the rehearsal process you feel the pressure to be running the scenes as much as possible but actually making time for discussion about progress so far will only help the production further. It solves problems and it gives the cast a chance to discuss how they are feeling with their characters own individual journey. I also really enjoyed observing Raz working with the MD and choreographer and watching them combining their skills to achieve the best for the production.

It’s only a couple of days until the show opens! It’s all very exciting.

The Producers Rehearsals Image, Royal Exchange Theatre


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

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