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Video Blog: Behind the Scenes with Ethan, Mary and Russ

Video Blog: Behind the Scenes with Ethan, Mary and Russ

Behind the scenes of the 2017 Season Troupe – listen to Ethan Gibney, Russ Schwartz and Mary Conley talk a little bit about the troupe itself and the kinds of things we’re doing this year.  Lots of different but like-minded people have come together to get to know each other, improve their acting skills, have...
Video Blog: Behind the Scenes with James and Isaac

Video Blog: Behind the Scenes with James and Isaac

The first in a series of behind-the-scenes videos reflecting on the 2017 Season Troupe, the shows we’re presenting, and triumphs and challenges along the way.  This video features our Artistic Director, James Ingagiola, and our Executive Director, Isaac Ellis. Much Ado About Nothing runs April 21-May 7, 2017, at the CCC, 1600 Pauline Blvd., Ann...
The More Time the Better

The More Time the Better

This may sound a little nuts, since as a stage manager I am at very nearly every (if not actually every) rehearsal from day one through strike, but I am the kind of person who would happily have a ten-week rehearsal process for every show.  (I know of at least one director I work with...
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...