Riverona – Nov 12

Another Sunday, another Riverona rehearsal.

This day was a bit of a unique day because we actually started out by having a production meeting between myself, Claire, Megan, Hans, and Kevin. (The team that writes the Riverona script.) There are many forms a production meeting can take and most of them are significantly more professional than what ours look like. (I assume. Because we meet in a place with great food and drinks then proceed to discuss every element of the production and make sure someone has every element in hand. Or we decide we don’t care about that element anymore. haha.)

We spend most of our writing or production meetings at First Street Market, by the way. If we’re not currently in production, catch us there on a Tuesday evening, y’all.

Image of FCT working on Riverona at First Street Market
Yes, Feb 28 was a Tuesday.

Anyway! Back to rehearsal!

Sunday, November 12 was a bit of a grab bag of things during rehearsal. We were missing our Lady Capulet and our Nurse, so we spent a lot of time working on scenes involving the Boyzzzz (Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio) as well as the Deep Friar. We also worked on a ton of “bits” that it would be easy to allow to slip through the cracks.

  • Choreographing the live components of the opening credits
  • Choreographing the dialogue/dance intersection during the Romeo/Juliet and Romeo/Tybalt scenes
  • Is there a line dance now? Maybe…
  • Recording our commercials (again – it’s a tv show that is also a commercial)
  • Fixing bits
  • Intimacy coordination!

Yes. This episode includes a kiss between Tybalt and Mercutio. To add an extra dynamic to the whole thing – I, the artistic director of the company who helped write the show and is also directing the show, plays Tybalt while Sarah Nearing, an emerging actor who is still new to our company, is playing Mercutio.

We definitely needed an outside eye to help us navigate that kiss. To make sure that no power dynamics were coming into play and to ensure that we all were able to communicate regarding our comfort levels and what to expect. Luckily, one of our team members is an experienced intimacy coordinator. Jackie Thurber guided myself and Sarah through a process of tapping in together and setting expectations. We knew exactly what our kiss was going to look like before we touched lips.

Bravo, Jackie. We are so lucky to have been able to work with you during this rehearsal and the entire process.

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