We are coming so very close to opening!
Hello, friends and Loyola Theatre enthusiasts!
It hasn’t been very long since my last blog post, yet many things have happened in this short period of time! This weekend, we went through the long process of “tech.” Tech is a period of time, usually before previews or opening night, where all the elements of a show finally come together. For our production, that period of time included Friday night, all Saturday, and most of Sunday (although the actors were released early enough to see the Super Bowl). We spent this lengthy amount of time going through the entire play, cue-by-cue. Meaning, every time the lights change or sound is played, we stop and add it to the play by writing down its cue and saving it in either the sound or light board. The process is usually long and tedious, but for Measure for Measure, it was relatively easy (which is why the actors were released on Sunday).
The lights look gorgeous with lovely blues contrasting with warm yellows and oranges. The sound is excellent with much traditional music from the 1930s. Both wonderfully weave together, fully supporting our production in its artistic goal.
On Monday night we had our first dress rehearsal (when all of the costuming elements are added to the production). The costumes are clean and crisp, entirely realized in black and white material, helping to tell the story of the era we set the play in, 1930s Vienna.
I was able to watch Measure for Measure on Tuesday night, and was very impressed at how all the elements came together seamlessly. We have one more dress rehearsal before our preview. If the show even stays at the level it is now, it will be excellent.
Wish us luck on our last dress rehearsal!