Well, as I predicted last week, the second week of rehearsals has been very busy for all involved.
Rehearsals are now well under way with the cast being put through their paces both physically and vocally. Michael Grandage has begun to stage the show, putting it up on its feet, now that the cast have an idea of what they should be singing and where they should be moving in the dance numbers. Everyone is working hard and people are even spending their lunch breaks perfecting the routines. On a visit to the rehearsal rooms in the week I even saw Stage Management trying out the moves!
The Costume team are working equally hard, getting everyone fitted for costumes, on average each ensemble member has at least eight different costumes and there are an army of costume makers up and down the country creating different pieces of fabric, working to bring Christopher Orams designs to life. Shereen the Wardrobe Mistress has also been busy buying shoes that she then brings to rehearsals for the cast to try on to see if they can dance in them, and if they get the OK then they will start wearing them in.
Chicago performed its last show at the Adelphi Theatre on Saturday night, and as soon as the curtain came down, Richard Bullimore and his team were packing the show off to the Cambridge Theatre.
There is a fairly tight schedule to refurbish some of the Adelphi and put in Evita, but when I went down to have a look on Tuesday, the auditorium was bare, having been stripped of all its seats, and carpets, and the dressing rooms were well on their way to being restored to their former glory.
The Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London WC2
On the office front, Mark is very busy putting together the programme and, aside from putting the show on, the next thing on the agenda is thinking about the first night party, I think by the time 21st June comes round everyone will be ready to let their hair down.
Katy Bryant, Production Assistant
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