We're well into rehearsals for this summer’s production of Oklahoma. As a relative newcomer to musical theatre, I thought I’d share a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during the run-up to the show. Many of the things mentioned will be common knowledge to some theatre goers, but I know many people will be experiencing Oklahoma or even musical theatre for the first time when they come to the show. I hope I can share what I’m learning and experiencing. The opinions and experiences in these blog posts are mine (although I’m sure some of them are shared by others). Any errors are mine too!
Overture - The Readthrough
Our first night as a group happened in May. The director, musical director, stage manager, assistant stage managers, choreographer, and the entire cast got together. For some, it’s the first time they’ve met some of the cast members. For others, it’s like a reunion!
In my case, I was re-united with Morgan, Deanne, Lyndon, Karen, and Madeline - each of whom I shared the stage with in Secondary Character’s 2013 version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was great to see them again, catch up on each other’s lives, and reminisce about our past performance.
Our reunion was quickly cut short as the we got to the point of the evening - the read through. As a group, we read through the entire play, cover to cover. Even during this early stage, the fantastic writing by Rodgers & Hammerstein shone through. There were some great funny lines that I can’t wait to hear done before an audience.
- Michael Berger