Who doesn't love a montage?

Volunteering with Lyric Arts, I’ve seen Joanna scrambling through Tech Week before, but this was the first time that I was able to witness the pandemonium for myself – whew! Turns, out Tech Week is a lot more complicated than I initially thought.  See, I knew that this was essentially the final run through before the show started, but there’s a lot I didn’t get.  It’s more than just a dress rehearsal.  This is all the discrete pieces of the production coming together.  We’re talking actors, costumes, props, sound, lights, scenery, orchestra, the director, the stage manager, and of course the production manager.  What’s more by the end of this week, they had all better be on the same page!

Like I said, this was more than a dress rehearsal.  A tech run gives all the technical staff a chance to observe and note what’s working and what’s not.  Remember last week, when Dan mentioned that all the sound and lights were run by volunteers, well they get a chance to practice too.  Even better, the tech run gave me a chance to sneak in some preview footage just for my loyal readers.

Treat yourselves to a MONTAGE!  As You Like Montages

I don’t want to give too much away here, but look, like it says in the video clip, this here production is more than just a love story (thank gods) and more than just a comedy (wheeeeee).  Check it out – there’s MUSIC, FIGHTS, DANCING.

Ok video and sassiness aside, kids, one of the great things I got out of tech week was that I’m totally getting over that whole language thing.  Getting to sit through rehearsal, I started to realize that even if I don’t understand the language, I can see what the actors mean.  Now that the whole production is coming together, that feeling’s even stronger.

Which brings me to your question, Mae.  You asked What is up with all the weird language in Shakespeare? They use words and phrases that I cannot relate to. Any help on that?

The interactions between the characters has really helped to clear it up for me.  But, I also did a little research on the subject.  It sounds awkward to us, but the language that Shakespeare uses really was the style in his time.  It sounds awkward for two reasons, one is that languages change, just as modern language has evolved to include google and text as verbs.  The other reason it's hard for us is that pesky iambic pentameter.  Ugh, like me, I'm sure you vaguely remember that phrase from school.  But I sure don't remember what it means, other than it's a form of poetry.  Turns out, iambic pentameter is just a great big poem with ten syllables in every line, with every second syllable emphasized.  Geez, makes Shakespeare's writing a bit more impressive. if you’re still worried about not understanding the language, you can join the director for a wee pow-wow before the show.  Just check out the Playbook link for more information.

Well, faithful readers.  This marks the end of our little journey.  Now that we've spent so much time together, why not join me for the performance on Friday, April 16th?  I'll be joining the rest of the audience members as Lyric Arts wines and dines us.  "What's that?" you ask.  Lyric Arts is hosting The Club on the 16th, with appetizers, beverages, and desserts.  You can read more about it at Join "The Club" And then I'll be back with one last post all about the performance and the effect of My Shakespearience. So, what are you waiting for kids?  Get those tickets while they’re hot.

New here and confused about what a Shakespearience is?  You can learn all about it at Jessica's Shakespearience