Rukhmani, a junior theatre major at Meadows School of the Arts, plays the role of Lavinia in “Titus Andronicus,” a co-production between Kitchen Dog Theater and Meadows School of the Arts from April 17 to May 16, 2009. Lavinia is Titus’ daughter and a victim of the violent revenge that characterizes many aspects of the play.

Week 2 of ‘Titus’

Yesterday, we had a show that was sold out!

This is our second week working on the show. We had to get to the space early to get touch-ups on our tans and temporary tattoos. Then we warmed up, did fight call, got into costume and did hair and make-up.

Tonight is another performance at 8 p.m. There is another performance on Saturday at the same time, and Sunday, we will have our first matinee at 2 p.m. As the run of the show continues, all of us are still finding new things and trying to remain as true to the characters, story and world of the play as possible.

It is important to keep working and revisiting the text even after a show opens.

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Countdown to opening night

Today was the first day of technical rehearsal for the show. Rehearsal began at 12 p.m. and lasted until 10 p.m. Technical rehearsal is when elements of lighting, costume, sound and other special effects all start to come together.

The day before, everyone tried on their costumes, and the director, Christopher Carlos, and costume designer, Halei Pritchard decided whether any alterations needed to be made. This is called the costume parade.

Today, we went through the entire show incorporating lighting as designed by Emily Bean. We also started to experiment with special effects designed by Cameron Cobb for the fake blood that would be used in the show. This came in the form of “blood packs,” where the fake blood is wrapped in a plastic bag that can be broken to give a splattering effect.

There are also other points in the show that use the fake blood through different methods. It was interesting, actually, using all of these technical elements, as you have to adjust to these additions while also trying to keep your performance as truthful as possible.

The rest of this week will be dedicated to continually teching and running through the show. Thursday, April 16, is a preview for the show, while Friday, April 17, is opening night!

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Second stumble-through

Today is the second time we ran the whole show for all of the designers (set, costume, etc.) involved in this project.

We began with a warm-up with all of the actors in the cast. This is to warm-up both our bodies and voices in preparation for the show.

Then, there was a fight call, supervised by the fight choreographer, Bill Lengfelder (who teaches Movement at SMU). This involved going through all of the fights in the play, making sure they ran smoothly. Then, we did a quick focus exercise before we ran the whole show.

It was such an interesting experience to witness all of the separate components of the show start to come together. Tomorrow, we will be doing scenework, breaking down scenes from specific acts.

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