There is something truly edifying when you give an actor a character suggestion, or ask them a question, and they digest it and make it a part of their work… and then, when they embrace it, evolve it, and enlarge it – well, then, things just become AMAZING! Who knew?!?!
As some of you may already know, we have had a lot of upsets to our cast. We have lost several tremendous actors who, for various reasons, could not continue with the production. In light of that, we could have quit. There were some tears for some of the changes, but ultimately, as a cast and crew we came together and I have to say, I could not be more honored to be working with the folks I have on board!
To announce all at once, some of the major cast changes:
NICK POPIO is the new HAMLET
ALEX VANDERMAAS-PEELER is the new HORATIO
KEEGAN KENNEDY is the new LAERTES
MARK TARANTO is the new GUILDENSTERN
Yes, folks, we lost Hamlet, Horatio (who is our new Hamlet), and Laertes all in one week. Talk about what could have been a demoralizing week – BUT the cast and crew have embraced these changes, and our rehearsals are lighter, more playful (OH the things we are DISCOVERING), and it is invigorating to come into rehearsal and have the actors all ABUZZ about choices and eager to get on their feet!
I am proud to work on this show, and I cannot wait for everyone to see it… things are coming along so swimmingly, its hard to believe we’ve had such upheavals. Truly, these people are AMAZING!