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November 17, 2011 - leave a comment

The 12 Days of (a) Christmas (carol)- Rehearsals Begin

On the second day of (a) Christmas (carol)...
Rehearsals Begin...

25 cast members (including 10 young company members- between the ages of 5 and 13) play over 60 roles in the Great Lakes' production of A Christmas Carol!  For some of the cast this is their first year and they only have 11 days of rehearsal (including technical rehearsals) before they are in front of a live audience!  Other members of our acting company have been in A Christmas Carol for as many as 15 years!  Can you guess who!?

After introductions and company business, the adult company gathers around the table to do a read through of A Christmas Carol.  During a break, Production Manager, Chris Flinchum, and Music Director, Matthew Webb, talk important details while cast members, Rachel Jones, Maggie Roach, and Antwaun Holley catch up.

In the evening, the Young Company Cast Members receive a warm welcome from the Adult Company!  Our "Tiny Tims" Cassidy Nelson and Kayleigh Collins are instant friends as they work on dialect together. 

November 11, 2011 - 1 comment(s)

The 12 Days of (a) Christmas (carol) - Randomly Speaking

On the First Day of (a) Christmas (carol)...
"Deck the Halls"

The Great Lakes Theater stage management team must "Deck the (rehearsal) Halls" by taping out the outlines of the A Christmas Carol set on the rehearsal hall floor.

Stage managers, Corrie Purdum and Tim Kinzel, use the ORIGINAL BLUEPRINT from Great Lakes' first production of A Christmas Carol in 1989!!!  The colorful tape indicates set pieces, turn tables, doorways, trap doors, and special marks that the actors must hit everytime during rehearsals and performances.

After the floor is perfectly taped out, actual set pieces, rehearsal furniture, costumes, and over 200 props are loaded into the hall for the 9 day rehearsal period! The stage management team carefully double checks that all of the props are accounted for and in good condition after being stored on trucks for almost 11 months!

November 01, 2011 - leave a comment

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March 08, 2011 - 1 comment(s)

Outreach Tour 2011: Pre-Show @ Lakewood

Photos by Robert M. Smith

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