Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"So Keep Your Strindbergs and Ibsens at Bay..."

Tuesday's rehearsal involved more blocking and singing ("You Never Say Good Luck on Opening Night"), and for me, some dancing (both "Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop" and "Haben Sie Gehort Das Deutsche Band"). God bless our choreographer, she has the patience of a saint. I think I may finally be getting it.

Before leaving for the night I helped SMT's production manager Dan Suiter carry in a stair unit and then I decided to stick around and watch the "Keep It Gay" scene when Max and Leo ask Roger De Bris to direct their new show. Very, very funny stuff. The rest of the cast had better watch out or Buddy and Ryan (as Roger and Carmen) may just steal the show.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"The chasing and yelling continued..."

Another short rehearsal for me on Monday night. We revisited the Act II scene I mentioned in the last post, but this time worked in Justin (who plays Leo Bloom) and Adam, Nick, Joshua and Jesse (who are all playing policemen in this scene).

The chasing and yelling continued and I tried juggle a crutch, an imaginary gun and my script. As before, we ran the scene several times and then at an actor's suggestion, we ran through the music for the "You Never Say Good Luck on Opening Night" number. We hadn't sung it in awhile, so it was good to refresh the memory (thanks, Andrew)!

Dance review was next. After checking with stage manager Carine to make sure I wasn't needed, I headed home. But not before catching sight of Kat (who's playing Ulla) being lifted up off a desk in the lobby while rehearsing "When You Got It, Flaunt It."

Saturday, August 22, 2009

"Oh, ze Meadows und ze Mountains und ze Sky..."

Hi Seattle Musical Theatre fans! I'm delighted to be blogging about my experience rehearsing and performing the role of Franz Liebkind in "The Producers."

A quick history. I'm a Seattle native who has performed at many different theaters in the Puget Sound region. "The Producers" will actually be my fifth show in a row at SMT (I was seen in "1776," "Cinderella," "Jane Eyre" and "Guys and Dolls" last season). It's a great place to work (I guess that's why I keep coming back), and "The Producers" is one heck of madcap, exhausting, whirlwind.

We have now been rehearsing the show for three weeks, and today I was called to block a scene in Act II. Our chroeographer Jenn Littlefield was working with the (amazing) ensemble when I arrived on "The King of Broadway" number. While they took a lunch break, director Bill Hamer worked with Andrew (Max Bialystock), Buddy (Roger De Bris), Ryan (Carmen Ghia) and myself in a scene involving running, chasing and gunfire. After the blocking was set, we ran the scene about 10 times. Nothing like repetition to set things in your mind. As I left for the day, the ensemble was returning from lunch to do some more choreography review.

That's it for today. I'll be back early next week. Oh, and the title for this entry is taken from the lyrics of my first song in the show, "In Old Bavaria."

Friday, August 21, 2009


Welcome to the SMT blog. Tune in here to join cast member Doug Knoop for a behind the scenes peek as we put together the massive undertaking which is The Producers.