(check out the pictures to follow).
Kimber Jessop (I didn't get a picture of her working) did a great job giving me the dances I wanted. I'm sure I frustrated her a bit when I would tell her I didn't like something and had her change something... especially when I told her that in rehearsal. There was so much dancing to learn. She did a good job capturing the flavor of each song. Besides, it was fun to work with my eldest daughter on a show. Who knows if that will ever happen again.
Janey Jefferson was nice enough to come in for one dance, the Tango. Kimber wasn't confident in doing the choreography for that dance so it was nice to have someone to call on.
I also had them all write my traditional back story and send them to my email. Their stories were so fun!
The rehearsal space was also a challenge (one I an used to but new to many cast members).
The other big challenge is directing for a thrust stage and getting actors to play to 3 sides. I tried to direct scenes from different angles, but the rehearsal space makes it difficult to get around to the three sides to see what you missed. Some of my ideas were hits with the audiences and some where not.
Before I get going too far, I need to thank Lonnie Thurston for most of the following pictures and a few to the cast members that took pictures and I "borrowed" them from Facebook. I was usually too busy to get a camera out.
Challenges aside, I love how the lights came out. I truly feel that they contributed to the over all look of the show and enhanced the look of the set and the costumes and the make up. They definitely set the mood, drew focus, and allowed the audience to see the show in a whole new "light". I was able to sue up light to increase the creepy factor. I was able to add more side lighting to allow audience on the sides to see more.(pictures to follow)