Thursday, March 10, 2016

Week Ten: The End

The audience sees the end of a show's run as a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping moment: for Rep Term, the resounding standing ovation as the lights went down for the final time on Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. However for the company, the end is still a ways away; Rep Term did not end for us until Tuesday evening, when we cleared the last scrap of wood off of Harbach stage, leaving behind an empty canvas to be painted with the set of Knox's next mainstage show. It's a sad, slow ending - watching a set one has grown attached to slowly coming down plank by plank.

But as we all part ways, it's amazing to think of what we've accomplished, and all the memories we've made. I find myself incredibly grateful for this blog, a place where the theatre we made (something which is by nature transitory) can be immortalized, for us to look back on even years from now. For though the lines will disappear from memory, the set will have long come down, and we will all have moved on to exciting new careers, many far from the theatre, there is one thing we can be certain will remain years from now: the friendships we all made, offstage and on.

The unofficial end of Rep Term took place the morning after the set came down, with the entire company assembled in CFA for "Ritual," a white elephant game of sorts where everyone in the company draws another company member from a hat and gets them a $5 gift. The highlight of Ritual, and the sign a company has bonded, are the speeches that accompany the gift-giving - many gift-givers got choked up in expressing their feelings for their friends, some old, some new. Two costume shop workers ended up crying in each other's arms, two men in the cast got choked up as they tried to express their feelings for each other, and many people couldn't even finish their speeches, simply handing over their gifts accompanied by massive hugs, hugs that spoke a thousand words. It's emotional to end a show, but it's a comfort to know that we've all grown so much closer.

And with that we have to conclude this blog. Thank you all so much for reading, for following our adventures, and for supporting undergraduate theatre. It's been absolutely wild and wonderful.

From all of us at Rep Term XVII, good night.

Holden Meier 
Crew Chief of Paper Publicity
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere... Old Bailey
The Secret in the Wings... Mr.Fitzpatrick

Monday, March 7, 2016

Week Nine: Feeling Fine

With week nine came the second week of performances. With mornings off, the company has been getting some well deserved rest before shows that night. Call time for the cast and crew was at six in the afternoon, with a show at seven. All of our hard work had finally come to one end product: two amazing, beautiful, and fantastic shows. 

When Saturday came, the company prepared themselves for not only for doing two shows that day, but for the last performances of each show of Rep Term XVII. After each show, you could probably find a member of the company crying, hugging, or cradling one another in their arms. When the last performance was over, we all hugged it out backstage. We made it! 

Now that Rep Term is over, we can all take a bit of a break, but there's not doubt in my mind that we will remember this experience for a lifetime. We would all like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who came to see the shows and supported us! 

Brady Comenduley
ASM The Secret in the Wings 
Crew Chief of Social Media

The great Beast of London!

 Holden Meier portraying Mr.Fitzpatrick. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Week Eight: Everything is Great!

Week eight has come and gone in a blur for the company of Rep Term XVII. With Tech week coming to a close for The Secret in the Wings on Wednesday, February 24 with our last dress, and on Thursday, February 25 with a dress rehearsal for Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere the morning before opening that night, the students are feeling a bit tired. Despite the late nights, long rehearsals, and a bit of stumbling, nothing has been more rewarding than opening night. We have worked hard and we have been rewarded!

Designers, the scene shop, the costume shop, and artists of all kinds have been staying anywhere from midnight to three a.m. to finish work on sets and to practice any glitches in our backstage work. While all of this is happening the students are either running lines, or belting to their favorite songs. Now that everything is done and ready, we could not be more proud of the shows of Rep Term XVII.

By ending week eight with two performances of each show, there is only three more chances to see either performance! As we roll into week nine there's nothing stopping Rep Term XVII from giving you the shows of a lifetime!

Brady Comenduley
ASM The Secret in the Wings 
Crew Chief of Social Media

The first tech rehearsal for The Secret in the Wings. 

 Craig Choma testing the fog machines.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere Trailer

The trailer for Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere is here! Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric and directed by Liz Carlin-Metz Come celebrate Rep Term XVII February 25 - March 5!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Secret in the Wings Trailer

Here's a trailer for The Secret in the Wings written by Mary Zimmerman, and directed by Jeff Grace.

Week Seven: Tech Heaven

We've made it! Week seven that means it's time for tech! The company of Rep Term XVII is hard at work getting the shows performance ready. This week has been cue-to-cue, when cast and crew for each show build all of the technical elements of the show, for each show, and after a few rehearsals we will be ready for opening night!

Opening night for Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere is Thursday, February 25 and opening night for The Secret in the Wings is Friday, February 26. The shows have never looked better. Student co-lighting designer, Sophie Click, has been working hard to bring the sets to life. She's been working on rigging and lighting since her Freshman year of high school and has been passionate about lighting ever since.

Cue-to-cue isn't a glamorous job for anyone. Actors have to stand on stage for ages waiting for cues to be built, and they run the same moments over and over until it's just right. Designers, are frantically making the world the actors live in, and building that world takes time. Now that the cues are built, it's up the the stage management team for the run to run smoothly. During rehearsal it's the director's show, during tech it's the stage manager's, and during performances it belongs to the actors.

We're ready for opening this week! See you guys soon!

Brady Comenduley
ASM The Secret in the Wings
Crew Chief Social Media

Theresa Murphy playing The Princess Who Wouldn't Laugh.

 Martha Brown taking a break from painting.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

It's Tech Week!

It’s no secret (pun absolutely intended) that not a single person is safe from tech week. The trick is in seeing how much you can harness the stress and pain and misery into doing great things for the progression of both productions! Happy times, happy times! The cast of  The Secret in the Wings are standing for hours under hot lights, and repeating the same line over and over to ensure the proper setting of the lighting cue. In the meantime, the  rest of the company is pounding, dragging, splashing and slashing the Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere set into it’s proper place. And let me tell you, it is coming along!

There are times where I unfailingly believe that we’ve all bit off more than we can chew as far as completing the set and compiling all the props and costumes, but then I take a water break, and walk back into Harbach, I unfailing do a double take at the amazing thing we’ve created. With our own two hands, mind you! It’s a lot, but every hour we come closer to completing one of the most elaborate and grandest sets in Knox’s history and that feels amazing to be a part of.

With Secret wrapping up it's cue-to-cue and tech rehearsals today, the company gears up for Neverwhere's cue to cue on Saturday. I took a peek at the sound cues on Dakota’s, our sound designer’s, computer. There were over 100 of them. I asked if that was a big number and he said he usually works on show that have a little over 20, SO, that’ll be a blast and a half incorporating into the show. If we thought that the set was a lot to take on, I don’t think any of us are mentally prepared for the focus and stamina that will be necessary for a productive cue to cue. We just have to remember, that we love this. We choose this. And it will absolutely be worth it. Come see RepTerm! We deserve an audience after all this hard work...

and tech week, hit me with your best shot!

Martha Brown
Door...Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere

Director, Liz Carlin-Metz, and Assistant Director, Niki Acton, watch a Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, rehearsal unfold.

 Liz teaches the cast of Neverwhere a few moves.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Week Six: Full of Tricks

Things are really starting to kick into high gear as we approach the beginning of tech for both shows. This Wednesday, The Secret in the Wings starts their cue to cue, which is where the production goes through the entire show figuring out all of the different technical cues; this includes different cues for lighting and sound, as well as transitions between scenes- working with props and figuring out costume changes. Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere begins tech rehearsals on Friday.

All of the different crews are working towards finishing up their various tasks so that all different aspects of the show can be ready for technical and dress rehearsals. The Secret in the Wings is almost all wrapped up and ready. Costume crew chief, Ren Barkey and Props crew chief, Trevor Marshall, were happy to report that there were just smaller tasks to be finished up. We now have lots of extra hands now moving over to help out with Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. One of the biggest priorities right now is getting that set done!

Now that our poster designs are all finished, we’re just waiting to get them printed so we can start hanging them up all over campus and around town. The publicity crews are now focusing a lot of energy on campus and community outreach and spreading the word about our shows!

Sammie Zimmay
Sylvia and Ensemble Member... Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere 

 Padraig Sullivan and Olivia Theil work on the beast for Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.

 Ian Tully laying down masonite on our platforms.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Checking In: Lighting

Suddenly the Rep Term XVII company is in the week before tech. Everything has been moving at the speed of light including the busy bodies on the lighting crew. In the past week and a half the lovely ladies and gents of the lighting crews have managed to finish the hang in Harbach which is no easy task especially when moving those heavy cells necessary to illuminate the cyc (the big and expensive hanging piece of fabric on the stage in Harbach that catches light.) 

Most of this week has been spent up in the totally stable but still scary looking cats in Studio Theater getting the lights hung for The Secret in the Wings. Niki Acton, Master Electrician for Secret, is excited to be moving onto gelling (adding color filters) and focusing the instruments. By tech next week, the lighting designs of Sophie Click and Craig Choma will be brought to life on stage.

Outside of the theater spaces, the production teams are having their paper techs this week. Paper tech is when the designers, directors and stage managers gather with their scripts to record all the cues necessary for the plays including the numerous lighting cues. The Secret in the Wings currently has over 100 light cues! The shows are really starting to come together on paper and in real life, and we couldn't be more excited as a company.

Caroline Foulk
ASM Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere 

Lights hanging from Harbach grid.


The Rep Term XVII posters are complete! The Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere poster was created by Katie Greve and The Secret in the Wings poster was created by Sammie Zimay. The shows are just around the corner and we can't wait to open the shows for you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Week Five: We're Still Alive

The nature of theatre is collaborative, which means that everyone must work together for the final product to bloom. Due to this collaborative nature, some crews must finish their work before another can begin theirs. Videography, scenic painting, and Beast construction are three crews that started ramping up their efforts in week five.

Tristan Yi, crew chief of videography for Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, began work on videography for the show. He has about fifteen major videography effects that have to be filmed, created, and/or edited to fit the show. Videography is a tedious project and Tristan has about two weeks to get it all done. Luckily, he is no longer alone: two people joined his crew this week to aid in the show’s videographic endeavours. Based on what I’ve seen, the videography will no doubt add an exhilarating touch to an already exciting show.

Emma Lister, the scenic painting crew chief, was very excited to start painting the set this past week. She finally got to start to paint the flats for The Secret in the Wings set, and this week she will be working on more detailed scenic painting for both shows. Emma was also a member of the Beast crew this past week.

Wait. Beast? What is this “Beast” I speak of? The Beast is an enormous boar-like puppet designed by Beast construction crew chief Olivia Thiel, built by her and other members of her crew. The puppet will be operated by members of the ensemble in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Olivia finished the head of the Beast this week, and is thrilled to finish the rest of the body. We can’t wait for you to see our beastly creations!

Jordan Hurst
Hunter... Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
Theatre Secretary 

Tristan Yi editing video in Adobe Premiere. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Checking In: Scenic Painting

Now that the scene shop has filled Harbach and Studio Theatre with the looming skeletons of sets, the members of the scenic painting crew have begun to show their true forms as paint-splattered warriors during crew time as they coat flats in smooth layers of paint. Amidst the roar of saws, their slick paint rollers transform crude flats into neat walls, and slowly and surely they begin to bring the worlds of our two shows to life.

While hard at work on walls-to-be in Harbach theatre, scenic artists Theresa Murphy, Emma Lister, and Danielle Freeman look through the flats as they work, checking diligently for drips of paint and missed spots, talking just loud enough to be heard over the scene shop music. They speak hopefully of the days to come when their work will expand to include plastering those same walls with posters. They envision mosaics and intricate maps of the London Underground, and vow to work tirelessly day and night (even Sundays!) to make their dreams come to glorious fruition.

After the last of the flats is done, these artistic geniuses retire to the lively world of the scene shop to take their turns bending over the sink to wash out their rollers. Their work today is done--but as the days progress and tech week draws ever nearer we hope to see these warriors more and more as they are called into action to give our sets life.

Amalia Hertel
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere... Ensemble Member

Flats for Neverwhere  get a first coat of paint.

 Crew Chief, Emma Lister, returns excess paint to its tub.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Checking In: Props

The properties crew for Rep Term may be the only crew that might run out of things to do, but even that is a huge “might.” Earlier this term, the props crew had to move from the second-floor design studio to an underground storage space which is now called the “Props Tomb”. Although the room has curtains for windows that don’t exist and doors to rooms you can’t go into, the room is a huge improvement, and the props team seems to have a very high morale.

Today they worked on weapons and edible statues (which taste pretty good by the way). Trevor Marshall, Properties master of Mary zimmerman's The Secret in the Wings, has reused a lot of things from the department’s furniture storage, to go along with the theme of found objects. While this was happening, Holden Meier played the “Gaston Song” from Beauty and The Beast more than 20 times, only after singing it acapella for the first 20 times.

Natalie Polechonski, the props master for Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, has been spending a lot of time with trash. She made a trash blanket for the Marquis de Carabas, out of real trash. Natalie said that she needed so much trash to make this blanket that she actually fell in the trash can, twice. Megan Smith, the head of both prop crews is very proud of both teams and sees a very close finish line.

All jokes and silliness aside, the props team has done some really great work.

Jordan Hurst
Hunter...Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
Theatre Secretary

Properties Master of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Natalie Polenchonski, makes a spear. 

Padraig Sullivan works hard doing delicate props work. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Week Four: Ready for More

We're already four weeks into the term, and we're not slowing down anytime soon. If anything the pace is only going to get faster from here. Despite all the work that has been completed, there's still a lot more to do. I'm not worried though.

Both The Secret in the Wings and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere have been completely blocked! We have less then half of our rehearsals left before tech, but we are right on track and the shows are only getting better. Actors are now memorized, for the most part, but stage management will still be there when actors call "line!"

The scene shop and costume shop are making great progress. With the walls halfway up for The Secret in the Wings and the foundation of Neil Gaiman's Neverhwere done the scene shop is right on track. The costume shop is continuing to do fittings and pull costumes. All sorts of suits and dresses have been ordered and are arriving soon. Scenic painting and lighting are going to be getting started next week, also, and there will be more on that when it comes!

We've also been taking on the Great Beast of London itself. Building a beast seems to be easier than fighting it. Olivia Thiel is spearheading (ha!) the beast building team. They're making paper mache parts of the beast for various ensemble members to control. Soon fabric will be pulled at the beast will be looking better than ever. Sorry Richard!

We're closing in on tech week as we go into week five. There's no doubt in my mind that we'll be ready when the time comes. We're going strong into week five!

Brady Comenduley
ASM The Secret in the Wings 
Crew Chief of Social Media

Miranda Curtis and Natalie Polenchonski take care of shipping and handling.
Morgan Jellison runs a stage combat workshop.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Checking In: Scene Shop

No single day is like any other in the Knox College scene shop this term. In four weeks, we have made amazing progress on building the two huge sets for Rep Term. Exciting highlights from this week are that the three traps for Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere are in place and functioning in Harbach, and the walls for The Secret in the Wings  have started to go up.Foundations for both sets are constructed and installation of stairs is well on its way. 

Ian Tully is incredibly proud of the work his crew members have been able to accomplish, leaving this note on his Facebook profile:"REP TERM XVII Update: Shout out and kudos for all the amazing people on scene crew this REP term. Two weeks in a row we have set very ambitious goals, and two weeks in a row we have met these goals despite normal speed-bumps and set-backs. The work we've accomplished would not be possible without the positive attitudes and the general willingness to step up and bust things out."

What a nice guy. Another big task we managed to accomplish this week was relocating the risers in Studio Theatre proving that Knox kids are willing to go the extra mile to create something they can truly be proud of. Since the platforms have been up, rehearsals for Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere have been taken to new heights, 10 feet high to be exact.

Personally, I can say that I never expected to spend so much time around power tools and sawdust this term, but it's been a blast. It didn't take very long to become accustomed to the rhetoric and organization of the scene shop, and it didn't take very long to recognize every song on the scene shop playlists either. At week four, I think we're all fitting into a semblance of routine (quickly to be upset by impending tech week), but despite this, I am still very excited to see what exactly I will be doing each day.

Caroline Foulk
ASM Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere 

Caleb Awe and Joel Schleicher use the table saw.

Checking In: Costume Shop

As we near the halfway point of the term, the costume department and crews are all chugging along, prepping costumes for two full shows. As the pressure bears down to have all pieces finished for tech week, the shop meets 1-6pm every single day, and we are even starting to see a few night and weekend sessions. The truly studious workers are building, pulling, hemming, and adding details to well over a thousand costume pieces between the two shows-- it is safe to say that the costume shop has its work cut out for it.

Some big work in the shop this week has been on the crowns for The Secret in the Wings. Ren, Amalia, and Willa have been working very hard to build gorgeous and intricate crowns for our queens, princes, and the like. On one side of our green room, there is a large table filled with crystal gems, silver wire, and pearls. There, these lovely people sit, and work everyday towards building 13 crowns in total. The process is as intricate as spinning straw into gold, but our workers are meticulous in everything. Expect to see beautiful crowns when you come to see our show!

In the furthest reaches of the costume shop, the scent of dye fills the air. Covered by aprons to prevent staining, Hanna, and wonderful shop worker Nola are hard at work dyeing fabrics for different costumes and accessories. Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is a show that keeps them busy with costume pieces that must be the color of feathers or fur. The process of dyeing involves taking dyes that the costume shop already has, mixing them together into what looks like the desired color, letting the fabric soak, rinsing the fabric, letting it dry, and then doing it all again. We're just dyeing to show you all what we’ve been working on!

The rest of us in Rep Term are continuing to work hard in our own crews and in rehearsals, but the costume shop is an inspiration in its work. In the words of Margo, “there is always more to do.”

Sarah Lowe
Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere- ASM/Ensemble Member

Jayel Gant working hard to make costumes.

Ren Barkey models a crown for The Secret in the Wings.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Week Three: Hard Work is Key

Week three has come and past. The week began with discussion on dramaturgical ideas and pursuits for the program and lobby display. We’ve come up with some pretty incredible and immersive ideas, now it’s time to figure out which ones are practical given our time and resources. Can we really recreate an entire tube station in the lobby of CFA? Can we really have live swans wandering around studio lobby? Regardless, whatever we decided to go with I know will be great.

Thursday morning a group of us from  Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (NGN) had to participate in a stage combat workshop run by Morgan Jellison. We learned a number of different ways to slap, punch, and even strangle an attacker on stage. Things got pretty intense! But we were told to move through the steps with the speed of molasses to ensure our safety. Next Thursday we’re going to learn how to kick, throw, and stomp someone’s head in! I’m excited to say the least…

After the workshop I got to sit in on a meeting with my fellow PR-er, Brady, as we discussed with Knox’s Office of Communications various ways with which we can get the Rep Term word out. We came up with some cool stuff, like doing an interview with the local radio station, getting in touch with some high school theatre clubs, talking to the tourist association, and much more. Our campaign to get local restaurants to feature Rep Term themed dishes is going wonderfully! I am absolutely surprised at how on board they all are, so everyone make sure to get out to Baked, the Beanhive, Q’s, Glo Juice Bar, The Landmark, and Uncle Billie’s soon to get your what-have-yous! I’m thrilled to find out what they’ll come up with.

As far as NGN rehearsals go, by Friday we were practically halfway done blocking act two, which is incredible given the number of rehearsals we’ve had. The Secret in the Wings rehearsal have led the company to be almost done blocking the show. The momentum picks up a lot in act two. Now more than ever I feel the pressure to make sure that I’m staying on top of marking my tactics and objects. As a learning actor,I’m starting to notice the difference this makes, which is an exciting discovery.

Week four hasn’t even begun and I can already feel the pressure of tech week! I cannot believe how quickly this term is going by. We’ve done so much, but we’ve so far to go! Week four, look out!

 Trevor Marshall sets up shop in the new props room.
 Jordan Hurst takes a company selfie.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere

Last week I sat in on the first stumble-through of act one of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere adapted by Robert Kauzlaric. People began running across the stage, moving props, and setting the scene for the world we were entering. The cast and crew wasted no time diving right into act one.

Even without the set, lights, or sound I had no trouble getting lost in the world. Liz Carlin-Metz, director, used the entirety of Harbach to her full advantage. With a cast of 32 people, however, it's amazing that she has enough room for scenes that involve the full cast. The ensemble members play a variety of characters. From rats to pigeons to monks they are constantly running around and helping create the scene. Even in huge montage sequences you never see anyone out of character.

The story follows Richard Mayhew (Micah Snow-Cobb), the everyman who must overcome challenges in London Below, a world of people who are forgotten, who slip through the cracks. He befriends a girl named Door (Martha Brown), who is an opener. Openers have the ability to make doors appear or open whenever they desire. Together, along with the Marquis de Carabas, (Ian Tully), and Hunter (Jordan Hurst) they go on a journey to in London Below.

The show has only had seven rehearsals, and act one is already well underway. The Neverwhere team has been moving at an impressive rate, and still has a long way to go. I know that they'll continue to make huge strides in the coming weeks. I can't wait to see act two!

Brady Comenduley
ASM The Secret in the Wings
Crew Chief of Social Media

Friday, January 22, 2016

Behind the Scenes: The Secret in the Wings

A rehearsal for The Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman begins with the cast gathering on the risers in the studio theatre. Scripts in hand, the students are ready to begin blocking -- the arrangement of actors onstage and how they move. Director Jeff Grace gives them the rundown for how rehearsal will run for the night. This time they are tackling the blocking of the longest scene in the play, a scene that retells the fairy tale "The Six Swans."

The Secret in the Wings is all about precision. The sons bring forward equally spaced chairs, flap their wings -- careful not to bring their wrists above their shoulders -- then sit crossing their legs with stacked knees. Sometimes actors have to execute their blocking in perfect synchronicity with other cast members. Often there are music cues that dictate exactly how long a movement or action or line can take. For many of the cast members precision blocking is not something they have encountered before, and it provides a new challenge. A big part of Rep Term is overcoming obstacles and the unexpected. What is the biggest challenge for Jeff Grace? He wants more rehearsal time.

While most main stage shows rehearse five days a week the Rep Term shows have just three a week. We must confront off-script dates quicker than we ever realized. As we chug through week three the shows are beginning to come together. Week four will see the rest of the shows blocked, and then it’s on to run throughs.

Moriah Chermak
Neverwhere... Anesthesia, Ensemble Member

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rep Term on the Radio

Check out this story about RepTerm on a local NPR station!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week Two: In Review

     I can hardly believe week two is already behind us, the journey still feels so young. That being said, I'm definitely starting to get into the rhythm of Rep Term, and I can absolutely say that I understand what all the hype is about.
     Our Monday morning company meeting was held with a sad feeling in our hearts as we had heard the news of David Bowie. But, as they say, the show must go on. Craig introduced the models for both of our sets, which we passed around with excitement, no doubt imagining ourselves as tiny people walking around the platforms. A couple more important announcements were made and we were released into the week.
     Having a schedule that changes everyday was a little startling at first, but now I've learned that the only way to get through a week is to expect the unexpected. For example, this past week I yanked yellow stitching out of thick black fabric with a pair of tweezers for the costume shop. I burnt several of my fingers hot-gluing feathers and googly eyes onto a styrofoam ball for the props team. For PR I sent several "official" emails, and let me tell you, in the adult world scheduling a meeting is not as easy as it would seem. I said cheese in front of Peter Bailey's camera, and then laughed at what he had captured. I anguished over the perfect verb to use when marking out my scene and line tactics, and this is only the beginning.
     All I can say is how much I love every minute of it. Even Saturday's five hour rehearsal was a joy to be a part of. What I'm learning is that something can be challenging, and annoyingly difficult or tedious, but if it's a part of what you love and are impassioned by, then you've found a pretty remarkable balance of challenging yourself and your skills, and having a blast at the same time.

Bring it on week three!

Martha Brown
Door... Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere

Danielle Freeman studies Craig Choma's The Secret in the Wings set model.

Bird props for Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.

Community Out Reach

A huge aspect of any show is public relations. In order to get many people to come see our shows, it is imperative that we reach out to the Knox community, as well as the Galesburg community. That said, I am proud to announce that our PR team has been hard at work reaching out to Galesburg. Soon, if you stop by Uncle Billy's you can pick up a Rep Term themed cookie, or if you stop by Q's Cafe you might notice a new Rep Term sandwich on the menu. Other restaurants that may soon have Rep Term themed options include Baked, Landmark, and The Beanhive. Keep checking in for more updates from Rep Term XVII, and if you haven't yet, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and our new Instagram!

Brady Comenduley
ASM The Secret in The Wings
Crew Chief of Social Media

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week One: Done.

While other students on campus were getting syllabi, buying books, and freezing while walking to and from various buildings on campus, Rep Term XVII students were cozying it up in CFA, their new home for the term. Things got moving quickly with each shop. The scene shop finalized ground plans, cleaned out the spaces, taped out the two sets, and started to put up risers in Studio Theatre. The costume shop has been busy taking measurements of the entire company, teaching new comers to sew, making lists for days, ordering materials, and lots of pulling from costume storage. They have even managed to have some preliminary costume fittings! The properties masters have been wrangling hoards of rehearsal props for immediate use in rehearsals. The folks in publicity have begun the RTXVII Snapchat (add us on Snapchat from the blog page!) and Facebook page. They have begun preliminary poster designs and sent out a contest for our Rep Term logo!  The sound designers were already getting spotted at rehearsals for the shows they’re working on making notes for potential cues. Besides crew work and rehearsals, RTXVII students have been busy learning and brainstorming dramaturgical aspects of both The Secret in The Wings and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. More updates to come on the shop work, rehearsals, and dramaturgy next week!

Natalie Polechonski                                                                                                           
The Secret in the Wings Ensemble Member                                                               
Properties Master: Neverwhere


Caroline Foulk    
 ASM Neverwhere

The scene shop puts the risers up in studio.

Joel Schleicher and Craig Choma discuss design.

Friday, January 8, 2016

First Day of Shop Calls

           Today was the first day Rep Term felt familiar to a lot of us. After a week of auditions, first rehearsals and a lesson on dramaturgy, today we got to get our hands dirty, finally. Shop calls run from one to six most days. Today, I attended my first call from two to four and worked on putting up risers in Studio. Scattered around CFA, others were busy with a variety of tasks from striking lights to learning how to sew to simply cleaning out the remnants of shows past to prepare for the monster that is Repertory Term.
            So far, I would say that morale seems high. When Ian Tully (Master Carpenter) called for assistance, three people would pop up, wrenches in hand, to help, and when the snapchat team came for a photo op, even more would appear. We are already working as a team, and with the lessons from the theater faculty on the importance of working hard and remaining professional still fresh in our minds, we are working more efficiently and safely than ever before.
            Many will wonder where their theater friends have to throughout this Rep Term, but from one to six, Monday through Friday, you will find us in CFA, listening to music and making progress on what will inevitably be two of the greatest shows Knox College has ever produced... not to brag or anything.

--Caroline Foulk
Neverwhere ASM

Holden Meier and Joel Schleicher sweep the scene shop in prep for the term.

Those new to costumes learn how to use the sewing machines.