In our 10+ years of bringing theater to Freehold, we’ve received many questions about what it takes to put on a play from start to finish. The best way to answer this question is to bring our day-to-day efforts into view through this blog. The goal is to keep you…our audience…up to date with all that happens and all the work it takes to get a production up and running. The blood, sweat and tears, literally. The ups and downs. The laughter. The dedication. Working on these productions is time-consuming and difficult, but it also brings us so much joy! To see a production grow from the beginning stages (board discussions) to auditions, to rehearsals and finally to performances is so rewarding. We make new friends with every new play, some just for the run of the production, but many who stay with us for many years. That’s why we do it!
Right now, we are in the middle of rehearsals for I’m Not Rappaport. Here’s a photo that was taken early in the rehearsal process:
This photo was taken before the set was designed and installed by Cristina Peters and her husband Mark (who is appearing in the production.) The actors were still “on book” as lines were not fully memorized. The director was still fine-tuning stage direction and movement. The actors were just beginning to feel comfortable in their characterizations.
Rehearsals now are a lot different. The stunning set has been installed, the actors are off-book and characterizations are solidifying. The process is amazing to watch.
So this is the beginning of our blog. In the next three weeks you will enjoy reading about the how we put together this production. We have an excellent cast, dedicated crew and a wonderful little theater. A group of us theater lovers will be updating this blog on a regular basis. We think you will enjoy learning about our productions every step of the way.