Here is a little moment captured during the Tigers Be Still tech extravaganza this weekend:
No, we’re not trying to hoover Tostitos crumbs from the carpet into our mouths… although I wouldn’t put it past us, judging from way we’ve nommed Ephporium’s entire stock of carbohydrates over the last two days.
Instead I’d like to title this vignette “Still Life of Tigers, Loving the Set.” It’s been great to get into our space. While rehearsals in Wood living room and the Makepeace Room were intimate and incredible (I wouldn’t give up Lily running to the Greylock bathroom screaming “SUPER PEE!” for anything,) I think we’re all glad to be in the CenterStage. Here, the dulcet tones of a rugby team upstairs throwing all of the things can’t reach us.
While we’re tired after this weekend, it was worth it to see the creations from our fabulous designers come together in one room (not to mention watching stage manageress Anna Barnes be a boss from her tech-table-throne.) As many in my current Plays and Performance class can attest to, a wise woman named Anne Bogart once said to think of a play as a peep show, and to imagine that each designer and actor and director and stage manager had their own little window with its own little curtain onto the play. And when these many little window views get added together… poof. You’ve got a show.
I asked some of the cast, crew and production team to tell me what their view of Tigers Be Still was — either their experience working on the show, or what they saw when they watched it. But so we wouldn’t go full Williams-admissions-essay on you guys, I asked them to do it in six words or less. Here’s what they had to say.
Emily Loveridge ’14, Assistant Stage Manager: “Depressed people finding comedy in hope.”
Holly Fisher ’13, Set Designer: “Top Gun. Tom Cruise. Bubbliness. Bannister.”
Lily Riopelle ’14, Director: “AAAAAABOOOOOJEEEEEEDAaaaa. Feelings.” [plus wild gesticulations.]
Petra Mijanovic ’14, Grace: “Jack Daniels. Waiting for car horn.”
Emily Ciavarella ’13, Production Manager: “People should go to work call.”
Griffith Simon ’15, Lighting Designer: “Seriously, get your ass to work call.”
Wanna know how all of these come together (PLUS MUCH MORE?)
I have six small words for you:
This. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Seven. Thirty.