Sunday, July 24, 2011

Simply, Sunday..."Sunday"

A story centered around one of the most famous paintings in the world, composed by one the the most famous musical composers in the world....
Sounds like a win-win combination, right? That's what "Sunday in the Park With George" is.
It's a win-win. 
Smart & stylish, colorful & clever, thought provoking & funny. We have been rehearsing Stephen Sondheim's musical about Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte" since late June. We are about to explode with daily tech and dress rehearsals before finally opening this Saturday, July 30th at Blackfriars Theatre. It's exciting, and slightly nerve wracking, watching everything come together. But, it is.  And? It's gorgeous. This one is literally gorgeous.
Take a peak at what's going on during these rehearsal days:

Yesterday was our Sitzprobe, which is a fancy word for sitting and singing with the whole band for the first time. In this case, less is more, with our Musical Director on piano and a percussionist filling in the rest of the blanks.

My dear friend Carl, in red, is "George." He is amazing. I feel like a proud mama hen when I watch him. 

We have many set pieces that that come together to become "A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte". These two scrims are are George's work in progress, and finished painting. 

Our artistic director, John Haldoupis, actually painted the set and pieces, recreating Seurat's color saturated, pointillist work. He's one exceptionally talented guy.

This soldier is one of many painted pieces that come on and off stage during the creation of the painting. Trees, dogs, people and parasols are among the others.

The costuming is gorgeous, as well. This is little Louise's dress. Beautiful.

So....come see us! We open in less than a week! As you can see, things are looking Chandelierious. But, the talent in this cast must be seen for itself. Come!

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