FIRST PREVIEW

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Veronika Duerr, Aaron Munoz, Celina Dean, Nael Nacer, and Terrell Donnell Sledge. Photo by Meghan Moore.

To start, WOW, quite amazing to see the whole come together at speed.

I must say, after seeing the first table reading to the first preview, I continue to be in awe of the work from the whole team that puts on a production. The design of the stage, the music, the lighting, the props, the costumes, the interaction with the audience.  So much effort and energy from so many contributors, with so many hidden from the audience but adding to the total experience.  Just amazing to get a chance to see some of the process.

Of course, I must admit having seen lots of the parts, I had the luxury of watching a lot of details that go with the show. I found myself watching how Veronika controlled the knife.  I watch as the flashlights were handed out and used, and how the clicks matched the dialog. Not what I hope the audience was noticing, but having watch the cast work on these items in rehearsal, it was a pleasure to see how this happened to make the main action work. In some ways like a great painter prepares a canvas before the main subject is added.  Of course the lighting, sound, and images added quite a lot to the production that I had no insight to when I watched the rehearsals. An energetic and inspiring production.

I hope the area rewards this production with a smashing attendance, since I think the show rewards all, with laughs, presidential facts, and a marvelous set of live performances (including a shoe falling off the stage).

-Richard Pitkin, Cohort

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