Chorale Notes Letter from Italy, 1944 Open Final Dress Rehearsal – April 26, 2013

Chorale Notes Letter from Italy, 1944 Open Final Dress Rehearsal – April 26, 2013

Act I

Chorale Entrance – beautiful

Michael and Katie – you acting in the opening was terrific.  Both of you be sure to protect the baby’s head.  Katie you looked like a Madonna.

I KNOW A LAND

Chorale and Principals – I don’t know why they didn’t applaud – likely they don’t know how to react or they are approaching the production as if it’s a symphony. where one doesn’t applaud between movements.  At Intermission several people told me they wouldn’t dare applaud, as it was too serious.  I think they were being respectful.

WHAT THE CENSOR WROTE – CHORALE

 

AFTER SEEING WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR LETTERS HELD UP ON AT THE END UNTIL THE FIRST MEASURE OF MUSIC STARTS IN “AWAY”

.  THE USE OF THE LETTERS WAS EXCELLENT TONIGHT – THE SINGING A BIT FEINT . . .I’M JUST SAYIN’. . .

 

RIVA RIDGE

 

Chorale you were 99% there in unison for the marching – By Sunday you will be perfect.  Thank you for getting shot and taking those wounds through the heart f.  You took it for the team.  And it works.  It looked very good.

 

Only one other note:

My general note was that I think the last 25% of the production dragged a bit Friday night.  I’m hoping just saying this brings everyone to figure out how and if they contribute to that and keep the pace up.  I mentioned it to Joe also.

 

Having said the above, all of you have fulfilled my dreams for this production.  It’s been such a joy to work with all of you whether on stage or off stage when doing all the preliminary planning and rehearsing necessary to bring this American epic work to the stage.  Congratulations GMC.  It’s been my privilege to be your artistic collaborator.

 

Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

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Sheila Hickey Garvey

About Sheila Hickey Garvey

Sheila Hickey Garvey is a Professor of Theater at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and the Resident Director and Artistic Associate of Theatrical Production for the Greater Middletown Chorale (GMAX). In the spring of 2010 she staged the GMAC’s production of Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH. Dr. Garvey has directed 25 productions for SCSU's Department of Theatre. Her 2011 production of Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone was one of only five New England University Theater productions invited for presentation at the Region I/ John F. Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF). Her spring 2008 production of "A Piece of My Heart" received KC/ACTF’s Region I directing award for Outstanding Women's Initiative Production. In 2006 she received the prestigious Moss Hart Award for her staging of the American Premiere of Ellen Kaplan's Pulling Apart. Dr. Garvey was awarded a John F. Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Directing Fellowship in 1995. In professional venues she has directed and acted in many of the award winning one-act plays produced by the New England Actor’s Theatre for Short and Neat and staged at New Haven's Lincoln Theatre during New Haven Connecticut's International Festival of the Arts. She has also acted with Long Wharf Theatre, The Kitchen Playwright's Theatre, The Weathervane Theatre, The Allenberry Playhouse and The Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers union and an EMC in Actors Equity. In the summer of 2011 she was invited to teach master classes in Acting and Directing on the stage of the National Theatre of the Republika Srpska for the Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia. Her articles on theatrical performance have appeared in The Eugene O'Neill Review, Theatre Survey, The New England Theatre Journal, The Recorder and Coup de Theatre, a journal of the Sorbonne. She is a Past President of the Eugene O'Neill Society (2001-2003), a co-editor and a contributor to the book "Jason Robards Remembered" (MacFarland Inc., 2001) and a contributor to "A Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work" (New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2009). In 2011 she collaborated on the creation of a guidebook titled "Eugene O'Neill's New York" with Arthur and Barbara Gelb. She hold a B.S. from Emerson College (Theatre), an M.A. from Northwestern University (Directing), a Ph.D. from New York University (TISCH) Performance Studies and is also a graduate of Broadway's Circle in the Square Professional Acting School.

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