Have you ever wondered how theater is developed? Who the creative players are, what they do, and how long it takes to put a production together? Here's your chance to follow the evolution of a new production from start to stage! You'll be there at each key moment as the Kennedy Center prepares its new youth and family production of "The Emperor's New Clothes" from development of the script to the opening performance.
The Making of an Opera (Thursday,
October 4, 2001 6-8pm)
Begin the series with Emperor's composer and librettist, Ric Averill and director Graham Whitehead. From the opening arias to the closing quintet, learn how this classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale was adapted as an opera.
Development of the Designs - (Thursday,
October 25, 2001 6-8pm)
How do you pick the most versatile costumes? What lights denote the perfect mood? From the lighting of the stage to the design of the costumes and set, you'll get a chance to speak with the people that translate this production from sketch to stage.
Working Rehearsal - (Thursday, November
8, 2001 6-8pm)
Watch the actors rehearse with the director during the second week of rehearsals. Then join them in a roundtable discussion about building characters, problem solving, and their collaborative efforts during the rehearsal process.
Technical Rehearsal - (Friday, November
16, 2001 6-8pm)
Now everything comes together for the first time - and you'll be there in the midst of the production process during the first technical rehearsal. You'll see and hear the performers rehearsing, watch lighting and sound cues being set and integrated, and see the director making final decisions. After the rehearsal, the director and designers will answer questions.
Opening Performance - (Friday, November
23, 2001 3-5pm)
**Session held the day after Thanksgiving**
This is it: the show is ready! "The Emperor's New Clothes" in its final form with the audience. Following the performance, join the designers, cast and director at the cast party.
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