On the Optimist Theatre Facebook page (click HERE to go to the album) there’s a new mish-mash of photos from our first all-cast rehearsal on May 11 and from our rehearsal on May 18. It’s only been a week and we’re still blocking The Tempest, but the tranformations are amazing and beautiful.
Jim Pickering* (Prospero) still makes me cry. I just want to punch him in the arm.
Angela Iannone* (Ariel) is lithe, sleek and kicks major butt. She IS an anime heroine.
I’m shocked that Jacque Troy (Antonio) isn’t always surrounded by men. She’s got this primal magnetism. I know, I know. It’s called acting, but it still makes me dizzy.
Ken Williams (Stephano) and David Flores (Trinculo) also make me want to cry and punch them, but I can’t because my soul is rolling on the floor laughing and holding my aching side.
Tom Reed* (Caliban) is primal. We’ll be chitchatting about something like cutting wood for the stage platform legs and seconds later, my skin is crawling with fascination as I watch and listen with awe.
The Lovers, Andrew Voss and Jocelyn Fitz-Gibbon — Neil Haven — Stacy and Flora — The Tribe… I have so much more to say, but will save it for another post.
And, the best Stage Manager in the world. I miss my Sandy Wood, but Sandy, you’d be so proud of Melissa Wanke*.
Susan Scot Fry
*members of Actor’s Equity