MACBETH: First Rehearsal – May 22, 2012

May 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm (2012 Shakespeare in the Park, Macbeth Updates, Optimist Theatre Updates) (, , , , , , , , )

Thanks to Mr. John Nienhuis, photographer extraordinaire, we have some photos to share from Optimist Theatre’s first rehearsal of Macbeth.  The full album in on the Optimist Theatre Facebook page.  Click HERE to see.

Table work rehearsals allow the cast to really dig into Shakespeare’s text and context.  It’s also their first opportunity to get to know each other.  As you can see, this is a big cast.  There are lots of relationships to be crafted.

In addition to serious, hard work there are moments of genuine hilarity.  Just leave it to Jim Pickering and Ken Williams with loads of help from Kelly Doherty, Michael Cotey, Marti Gobel – and the whole cast and crew.  These are funny, funny people, I’m here to tell you.  It’s a fascinating honor to see and hear them do the work and it’s a pleasure be in on play-time.  Ken Williams makes me laugh so hard it hurts.  Oh!  And you should have seen the gleams in their eyes when they got to handle all the cool weaponry supplied by our Fight Director, Joseph Manussier.  Ellie Cotey’s costume designs are sheer delicious-ness, too.

It’s tempting to give it all away, but I shall resist.  In the meantime, enjoy this behind the scenes glimpse of genius at work.

Hope to see you at Shakespeare in the Park in June.



PS.  Interested in the artistry of John Nienhuis’ photos?  Visit his website at


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