I have to apologize for my absence last week. Life got the best of me and my intentions to post!
The musical is over and the junior interns at the New London Barn Playhouse have moved on to rehearsing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And while I’m really looking forward to seeing this show, I’m sad that To Find A Wonder is done. Seeing my characters come alive by these fantastic young actors was fabulous, as was the lyrics, written by Brandon Michael Lowden and the Music by David Holtz, both graduates from Princeton.
At the Barn Playhouse we have a very small stage to work with as well as another show rehearsing and performing at the same time. The sets have to be made interchangeable. To Find A Wonder shared a set with the musical, Hairspray, if you can believe it. It worked wonderfully!
I had a chance to work with the kids in making the frog prince puppet. We used the same type of fleece that the Muppets are made from. We gave him ping pong eyeballs as well and a red tongue that flashed every time his was opened. The audience seemed to enjoy his funny love song to Mortimer.
Josh (the director & choreographer) and Camille ( the music director) spent some time teaching Aaron the basics of Puppetry–when to open open the puppet’s mouth as he’s speaking, etc. He did an awesome job of dancing, singing and puppetry all at the same time. Even mom was impressed = )
The show itself went through some changes, as all new shows must. Lines were added, lines were cut, music was trimmed, props and puppets were made. After 9 days ( yes! only 9 days!) the show was performed. It amazes me every time I see a performance that this company of kids, aged 11-17 have done this in so few rehearsal days! I was grateful to be a part of this summer’s line up and to have such a great acting troupe perform my story.