Posted by Jena Necrason, Artistic Director.
There is so much to share. There is so much to worry about. And joyfully there is much to celebrate.
Our designers are amazing. They have continued to bring wonderful, evocative ideas to the creative table. We are working with a unit set for the first time. This means the set is built in pieces that fit together and can be put up in each of our 3 performance venues. The set will travel in a truck. Becky Bodurtha, our Costume Designer, (this will be Becky’s fifth year designing costumes for us), is hard at work on a style that is a “mash-up” of both modern and Elizabethan elements. I am grateful for the tour de force that is Gregory Ramos, Chair of the UVM Theatre Department. Gregory has worked extremely hard to make the collaboration between Vermont Shakespeare Company and the theatre department a reality.
As John prepares to direct the show, ideas and images are flowing. Our house is a place where at any moment a theatrical idea can erupt and interrupt a regular every day activity. This happens much to the chagrin of our almost-6-year-old, who sometimes loves it and often is annoyed by it.
In preparing to play the Nurse in the show, I am currently at the stages of “text analysis”. A process that while sometimes tedious, is incredibly enjoyable for me. Plosives, antithesis and feminine endings, oh my! Taking a break from my Artistic Director hat to dive back into the process of being an actor is certainly something for me to celebrate. The last time I performed with the company was as Ariel in The Tempest in 2012, truly one of my favorite roles to date.
Primary worry- CAN WE GET IT ALL DONE? Thankfully we have the talented Zoey LaChance as our full time intern this summer, in the role of assistant producer. How will attendance be this season? We rely so heavily on ticket sales. Marketing initiatives are a daily focus. Another worry- how will we survive this year without Xoe Perra (Intern Team ’10, performer ’12, Intern Team ’13, performer ’14) and Mark Roberts (company member since 2008). Both are working on other projects this summer and we will miss them dearly.
So, what to celebrate…well the fact that Vermont Shakespeare has survived for a decade is surely the biggest thing. In the world of non-profit theatre, this is huge. And the fact that we have a stellar cast lined up for this show is another thing to celebrate. And finally, it can’t be left out that we live in Vermont (full-time!) now. I am thankful for this on a daily basis. The stunning beauty of this state is a constant reminder of how lucky we feel to be doing what we love in a place that we love.
As they say….”Don’t postpone joy.”
Stay tuned for more blog posts from cast and crew, coming soon.