Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In the Round: Some Thoughts and Observations

Something you may or may not know about Signature in the Schools' premiere production of Revolution is that it will be performed on the same stage as Shakespeare's R&J, one of the plays on Signature Theatre's 2012-13 season. The stage this year is in the round, meaning that audience members are on all four sides of the stage.

The cast and crew of Revolution had an opportunity to watch Shakespeare's R&J to get an idea for the space and how it can be used. Here are some thoughts the cast members had about the show and the space:

"There was an amazing amount of motion and energy in R&J; they used the space beautifully. Seeing a show in the same space we are using really helped put together the pieces in my mind. I realized the amount of energy we need to put into our own play to involve all four sides of the audience." - Brandi

"After seeing R&J I'm excited to have the opportunity to perform in the round for the first time. Working in the round is not only a challenge, but an amazing and rewarding experience. I believe with having the audience on all four sides it becomes a lot easier to engage them and consequently put on a great show." - Karl
"Shakespeare's R&J has completely re-worked the Signature MAX theater into a beautiful, hard-wood theater in the round. I am really excited to be able to work and perform in this space because of its understated grandeur and just to be able to perform on the same stage as the fantastic show." - Zak

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Carla: Poet of the Revolution

High school senior Carla plays a charismatic and compassionate Reston high schooler named Caryna in Signature in the Schools' premiere production, Revolution. We asked Caryna to describe her Signature in the Schools experience and she wrote us this lovely poem:
"There is nothing wrong with botany!"

Carla would be lying if she said that in her sleep she drools.
She would also be lying if she said she hated Signature in the Schools.
Educating people through the magic of theatre.
During our breaks we go to Harris Teeter.
From the great director to the amazing cast,
I know these memories will forever last.
Caryna and her bestie, Maddy


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