Costumes and Box Office at Dorset Theatre Festival

box officeAs Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill  was getting ready to open, we were at the Dorset Theatre interviewing Taylor Crichton, the Box Office Manager and Emily Lafriniere, the Costume Shop Stage Manager.  Besides running the box office, Taylor is also involved in marketing and has worked on some of the visual media the company has developed for the performances.

Emily told us about the white dress that Marinda Anderson would wear as Billie Holliday. When we saw it on the actress,  it DTF_LadyDay_TaylorCrichton2016_036  was something we already knew about. Not that it was any less glamorous. In fact it was more so.

To enhance the feeling of being at the club with Billie Holliday, the first rows of seats were replaced by tables and chairs as in a cafe. Our conversation with Taylor and Emily was most informative and made us feel a part of the process of creating a production. Listen to the interview by clicking on the link below.

Interview with Taylor and Emily

Another way to feel part of the process is to watch this video as the set builders transform the stage from the set for Way of the World to that for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

 

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The completed set of Lady Day in Emerson’s Bar and Grill

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Stage Manager, Dorset Theatre Festival

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          Kelly and her dog

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill will be performed at the Dorset Theatre Festival from August 18 to September 3. The play tells about the famed Jazz singer’s last days as a performer.

An essential member of the team that puts on a play is the stage manager. We had the pleasure of talking with Kelly Borgia, the Production Stage Manager, the week before technical rehearsals began. She gave us a sense of all that goes into the productions that audiences enjoy. Most people don’t know about all those behind the scenes which Kelly assures us is the way that it should be if they are doing their jobs correctly. Perhaps that is true, but we found it enlightening to talk with her. Kelly also told us what she does when the Dorset Theatre season is over. To listen to the interview with Kelly, click below

Interview with Kelly Borgia

For more information about The Dorset Theatre Festival

 

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                   Marinda Anderson as Billie Holiday and Kenney Green as Jimmy

House Manager at the Dorset Theatre Festival

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Many people are responsible for making an evening at the theatre a pleasure for the audience. We applaud the actors on stage, but we don’t often share our gratitude with the others who contribute to creating the special world of theatre going.

Since Bob and I thought that some recognition was due these unknown but important players, we decided to interview some of them. We started with Andrew Elk, the House Manger. We had chatted with Andrew before performances at the Dorset Theatre Festival when we arrived early, so we went back to the comfortable cafe area one morning to catch him when he was not too busy. We learned a great deal  and are sure you will as well.

To listen to the interview click on the links below.

Andrew Elk Part 1

Andrew Elk Part 2

 

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For information about The Dorset Theatre Festival tickets and events click here  The Dorset Theatre Festival,

 

 

Presto Change-o Music Director

Barrington-PRESTO-PosterFeatureImage_RGBBarrington Stage commissioned a new musical, Presto-Change-o, about three generations of magicians.  The play runs until June 11. We were fortunate enough to interview Vadim Feichtner, the musical director of the show. Magicians capture us by creating illusions. In its own way, theatre does the same.  When we go to a show, we are so involved with the magic on stage, we often aren’t aware of the magic that goes on backstage to make it happen. This may be particularly true with musicals where songs carry us along with the story.

Vadim had worked on many shows at Barrington Stage, on Broadway and Off-Broadway. He is also a composer and is married to singer Leslie Kritzer, whose work we have also enjoyed at Barrington Stage.

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         Leslie Kritzer and Vadim Feichtner

Musical Director Vadim Feichtner Interview

 

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Oldcastle Operations and Marketing Director

Erika 10365871_10154120522515134_6285273307388020867_nIn April, just before the school’s spring vacation, we had the pleasure of talking with Erika Floriani, Oldcastle’s Operations and Marketing Director to find out about the many elements that make a theatre company run. One of Erika’s jobs is being sure that everyone knows about all the events and productions that are happening at Oldcastle.  Erika had a great deal to share including telling us about all  the social media with which she deals. We have provided some links to the various locations in which you can find out  what is happening in this, our own Bennington Equity theatre company.

Interview with Erika Part 1                  

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Interview with Erika Part 2

Oldcastle web  site

Facebook page

Twitter 

Instagram

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bennington College

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and is performed widely. There are many different ways of approaching the play as is true with all Shakespeare’s plays. Besides theatre productions, Midsummer has been reimagined in ballet, opera, film and television.  The characters have appeared in paintings, children’s books, manga and graphic novels, as well as in literary and dramatic parodies such as Lords and Ladies and Shakespeare in Hollywood. 

The Bennington College Drama Department is offering a production of Midsummer at the Lester Martin Theatre on May 6,  7, and 8 at 8 pm. Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing the play’s director, Jean Randich, Music Director Christopher Giannitti and Technical Director Michael Rancourt. After talking with them, we are excited to see this production.

We met on the set of the play which was quite impressive.  Here is a model of it.Midsummer

 

Bennington College Midsummer Night’s Dream

Alexander Sovronsky

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On opening night of The Lion in Winter, we saw Alexander Sovronsky going to his seat. Knowing his work for Shakespeare and Company, we were delighted to see  that he had composed the music for the play that was about to unfold. When we heard the music and the way it enhanced the production. Bob cornered Alex at intermission and asked if he would come on our program. We were pleased when he said yes.

We knew that Alex was versatile but as we read more of his background, we were truly impressed. He is a composer, musician, sound designer, actor and teacher. He is also a delightful person to interview. We plan to have him back when he can give us an entire hour.  Meanwhile, listen to what he has to say about his work, and go and see The Lion in Winter to experience it directly.

Always busy, Alex has composed the music for the Richard III reading at Shakespeare and Company on October 10 with Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe. The reason he couldn’t stay longer to talk with us was because he had a meeting for what we assumed was some other project.

Twelfth Night Shakespeare & Company by William Shakespeare directed by Jonathan Croy Robert Biggs, Ken Cheeseman, Johnny Lee Davenport, Nigel Gore, Merritt Janson, David Joseph, Alexandra Lincoln, Robert Lohbauer, Corinna May, Elizabeth Raetz, Duane Allen Robinson, Alexander Sovronsky, Jake Waid, Ryan Winkles Photos by Kevin Sprague ©2009
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Shakespeare & Company
by William Shakespeare
directed by Jonathan Croy
Robert Biggs, Ken Cheeseman, Johnny Lee Davenport, Nigel Gore, Merritt Janson, David Joseph, Alexandra Lincoln, Robert Lohbauer, Corinna May, Elizabeth Raetz, Duane Allen Robinson, Alexander Sovronsky, Jake Waid, Ryan Winkles
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Henry IV parts I and II
by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
directed by JONATHAN EPSTEIN
Shakespeare & Company 2014
Photos by Kevin Sprague

Alexander Sovronsky Part 1

Alexander Sovronsky Part 2

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