This past May, NYC Children’s Theater awarded me another glorious opportunity: stage managing the workshop of The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess! I had never staged managed a performance before and found myself excited (albeit nervous) to tackle a new and thrilling challenge.
My adventures began acting as a liaison between the members of the creative team and the cast – answering questions, making contact sheets and schedules, assuring that every actor had the proper materials, creating binders with scripts and sheet music for each actor and even making boat and mountain props to be used during the reading (although my far more talented uncle ended up doing the hard part!).
Sitting in on a meeting with the creative team; Laurie Berkner (music & lyrics), Barbara Zinn Krieger (book and Artistic Director of NYC Children’s Theater), Marty Johnson (director), Kristen Rosenfeld (music director), and Emma Halpern (Co-Artistic Director of NYC Children’s Theater) I began to realize how lucky I was to be given this opportunity.
That feeling only intensified during the rehearsal for the workshop when I got to sit in an empty theater with our brilliant creative team and watch four extremely talented performers bring Laurie and Barbara’s creation to life!
The day of the reading is a blur – it flew by so quickly and there was so much to do to prepare for the guests who would be coming to see the performance. Seeing how far the show had come in less than two days due to Marty, Laurie, Barbara and Kristen’s instincts and the incredibly hard work of the cast, was staggering and inspiring.Then as the guests took their seats and the reading began it became clear thatThe Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess was something special and I am fortunate to have played such a small role in its journey.