Memories of The Brass Tacks Ensemble – Part 1

Memories of The Brass Tacks Ensemble – Part 1

The History of the Brass Tacks Ensemble.  (Hmm.) A History of The Brass Tacks Ensemble.  (Better.  Maybe?) The Story of The Brass Tacks Ensemble.  (Moving backwards.) The Lamentable History of The Brass Tacks Ensemble:  A Tragicomedy in Five Acts Wherein the Author Recounts the Vicissitudes Befalling… (Zzzz…) How about, simply, Memories of The Brass Tacks…

This Relationship Is Great, But We Could Really Use Some Space

This Relationship Is Great, But We Could Really Use Some Space

Rehearsal space. If you have attended any theater happening in the Washtenaw County area, you’ve probably heard this song and dance before. Affordable performance space and useable rehearsal space are, sadly, like mythical creatures.   However, thankfully, unlike many of the other groups creating amazing theater in region, we have pretty low standards. Not because…

Reflections on Ensemble

Reflections on Ensemble

I really, really like the idea of an ensemble.  I’ve had a few experiences where I’ve felt the mysterious high that comes when a cast really pulls together and mounts a production you never want to end (no, this hasn’t happened in every show I’ve been involved in).  It’s such a gratifying feeling, being an…

Getting a Handle on Emotions – a Reblog from James Ingagiola’s TheaterCrank

Getting a Handle on Emotions – a Reblog from James Ingagiola’s TheaterCrank

One of my favorite Monty Python sketches is on one of their albums.  Eric Idle interviewing John Cleese who is playing the part of a Sir Edwin, pretentious actor.  Idle asks about the difficulty of playing various Shakespearean roles, and Cleese responds with the trials and tribulations of memorizing the words (AND getting them in…

The Director’s Job

The Director’s Job

All in the Timing, our first show of the 2016 season, is an adventure of sorts for The Brass Tacks Ensemble.  We have handed over the reins of the show to five (count ‘em, five) directors–a couple of whom have never directed before–and while coordinating schedules and rehearsals for these five and their casts has…