Last night, I headed into Philly for our first reading of Shakespeare's "Dream" for the summer production of CCTC. I had a great time working on a short scene for a preview performance that we never did, and working on the show itself promises to be a lot of fun. The first order of business was to say hello to a lot of old friends that I haven't seen in years. Then we heard saw the model for the set, and Josh the director discussed a little of the general ideas that he has as to what the show is about. We didn't see any design sketches yet, but we were told generally what the designers are working on. After that little meeting, we all sat down to get to the business at hand. We started at the top of the show, and we read through the entire script, pausing only for the intermission break.
Overall, it was a very good first reading. The last reading we did with Josh was an absolute laugh-riot, with each of us trying to find the funniest moments and lots and lots of trying to one-up each other with punchlines. This time, however, it was more about a group of actors exploring their characters and testing their relationship with one another. It was a calmer, less hilarious reading, but one that showed some of the potential for the summer. It was an interesting dynamic to be aware of as I read through the script, and I'm very happy to be a part of such a talented ensemble.