In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

Full Speed Ahead

Oct 28, 2011 11:00:00 PM
By BLO Staff

Macbeth rehearsals are moving to the
Shubert Theatre! Everyone is busy at work to assemble all the pieces of the
puzzle and create our collaborative Macbeth. This morning, I was at the
orchestra read with our Maestro, David Angus and our principal cast. Everyone
sounds fantastic and the feeling in the air is nothing but excitement for the
week that lies ahead …
Loading set pieces in at
the Shubert Theatre
In the performing arts
world, we call this “tech week”. Our schedules are packed with on stage
rehearsals under lights, adding all of the production elements together: props,
costumes, set pieces, and of course, the orchestra. All of the hard work
continues as everyone is working together to produce the finished product in
time for opening night. Things can get hectic, but in the end it all pays off.
It takes a lot of people working very hard behind the scenes to get everything
My partner in crime,
Courtney Rizzo (your Stage Right ASM), and I will be working to gather
information about the show to pass along to the prop and wardrobe departments
in order to help them understand the running of the show and which pieces get
added and taken away to tell the story. It’s almost like explaining the action
of the opera Macbeth to another group of people who haven’t seen what we have
during rehearsals. In short, we lay out the details to everyone.
Check back for updates--we’ll be on stage with Wandelprobe tomorrow evening. Wandelprobe is the German
word for when the singers “wander” the stage, marking through their staging
motions, and sing with the orchestra playing from the pit.
Until then…

Topics: behind the scenes, Backstage at BLO, General Opera, macbeth

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