(Part of a series about creating a new production of “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman at Georgia Shakespeare, summer, 2013.)
We have now done the show for our very first audience, and it was a success, if you go by the number of people who gave us a standing ovation (i.e. nearly all of them).
Backstage, life was a little more frantic, with a few technical malfunctions and some tight timing on entrances. But we made it through our first preview. We’ll rehearse for a couple more days and call it a wrap. This thing will be running like a well-oiled machine by Friday.
Given all the long days and hard work we’ve been putting in, today was ripe for a moment of levity. Our Fearless Leader Richard pulled a fast one on Stage Manager Margo in the afternoon rehearsal. Former colleague Tim Conley, who built the pool the last time Georgia Shakespeare did “Metamorphoses”, had sent a collection of rubber ducks to Richard, and he worked them into a crucial scene without Margo’s knowledge.
Just as we were acting out one of the most moving myths in the play, someone walked onstage with a duck and put it in the water. More and more ducks kept appearing in the pool, and soon we were all laughing so hard that Margo decided to stop rehearsal and take pictures.
Looking at the photos, I have to marvel at my own good fortune – not only am I working in the theater (my life’s dream), I’m doing it in my bathing suit. With my friends. Please. Does it get any better than that?