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"Are We All Met?"

-A Midsummer Night's Dream III, i

Keep up with all things Great Lakes Theater. Our blog is a great way to learn about the very latest Great Lakes Theater news/notes and enjoy extraordinary "behind-the-scenes" access to the creative process of our artistic company.

February 08, 2013 - leave a comment

Rehearsal Snapshot

Noel Coward's advice to actors in his plays was: "Just say the lines and don't trip over the furniture."

When we stopped by our Blithe Spirit rehearsal this afternoon, we confirmed that our artistic company was complying with Coward's directives. Production assistant Kristen Boehnlein ("on book") was ensuring that Sir Noel's lines were spoken accurately while our amazing actors floated nimbly through the space gracefully (avoiding all furniture btw, Noel) like...well, like blithe spirits. ; )

January 29, 2013 - leave a comment

BLITHE SPIRIT: Meet & Greet / First Rehearsal


Today was the Meet & Greet and first rehearsal for our upcoming production of "Blithe Spirit." The cast, crew, designers and GLT's administrative staff gathered in one of the PlayhouseSquare rehearsal halls to welcome one another and launch the rehearsal process in good spirits.

After introductions and a warm welcome, designers and staff departed for scene/prop/costume shops and offices to enable the cast to embark upon a first read through of the script together at tables as a company.

Actors will be on their feet soon...bringing the play to stage management has already taped out the scaled dimensions of the set on the floor of the hall to provide a spacially realistic environment for their work. The company will rehearse in the rehearsal hall for approximately 2.5 weeks before moving over to the Hanna for the homestretch. Only 25 days until opening! We can't wait.

November 28, 2012 - leave a comment

Marley's Ghost

On average, it takes actor Lynn Robert Berg about 30 minutes to complete the layers of makeup that transform him from a handsome actor to a haunting ghost that has been dead for seven years! Berg has always had an interest in art, especially painting and he enjoys using his face as a canvas during every performance.

Berg is only onstage as Marley for 6 and a half minutes. But it takes him 4 times longer to apply his make-up. However, it's all worth it to hear the gasps from the audience when he makes his magical appearance from under the stage of the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare!

December 19, 2011 - leave a comment

The Twelve Days of (a) Christmas (carol) - Secret Santa

On the tenth day of (a) Christmas (carol)....
Secret Santa!!!
Every year the cast and crew participate in a week-long game of Secret Santa! For one week during the run, presents are hidden all over the backstage of the Ohio Theatre (dressing rooms, green room, hallways... you name it!) This GLT tradition really brings a sense of holiday excitement to the theatre!

After 5 days of small gifts - everyone brings in one special final present for the reveal of Secret Santa! This year out of 33 participants, only 4 people guessed their Secret Santa correctly! Our cast and crew are pretty sneaky....

December 18, 2011 - 2 comment(s)

The Twelve Days of (a) Christmas (carol) - Q&A with Laura Perrotta

On the ninth day of (a) Christmas (carol)…
Q&A with Actress, Laura Perrotta:

Q: What is your favorite part about being in Great Lakes Theater's production of A Christmas Carol
A: A Christmas Carol brings a sense of family more than anything else at Great Lakes. It always feels like a homecoming. I love the sense of tradition and how people are connected through the production.

Q: After performing the same role of “Mother Cleaveland” for 11 years, how do you keep it fresh and new?
A: It’s always a challenge as an actress to keep things new. But, every year there is something new and different about the show. With different stagers and new cast members each season, there is a different angle and a different way to look at the same story. I love the story A Christmas Carol and the adaptation by Gerald Freedman.

I also love that so many students get to see the show during the student matinee performances. The Great Lakes Theater education program is so important and especially with A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens has a very direct impact on our world. I love telling the story during every show and communicating its message...that transformation is always a possibility.  It is never too late to change or for doors to open. A Christmas Carol has a timeless message.   

Q: What is your favorite family tradition during the Christmas Season?
A: My husband, Donald, and I open our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve. Christmas day is all about our kids. That’s the way it has been for 25 years.

Q:  What plays are on your “wish list” to perform in?
A:  Royal Family, Anthony and Cleopatra, Sunset Boulevard...and anything by Noel Coward.

Q:  What is your favorite thing about living in Cleveland?
A:  I have lived in Cleveland for 17 years. My husband is from Cleveland and it’s nice to be close to family. I love all the great restaurants, the traffic...and I feel very connected to the community. One of my favorite places this time of year is the Holden Arboretum!