It is an odd reality of our production of Speakeasy that our Public Relations officer required press photos before we even launched into rehearsals. So we had to “create” moments from the show before we had yet gotten around to staging anything.
Luckily most of the cast members on call for the photo shoot had been involved in the December reading and thus already had a strong acquaintance with the story and their roles in it. Still, two performers at the shoot were completely new to the company, and a third was “promoted” to playing a different character.
So there was a bit of “Hi, we just met, let’s create a moment we’ve not yet ever rehearsed, and hold still.” But that’s the nature of most photo shoots for theatrical productions.
Lissa Moira, our director, and I came up with a list of set-ups for the shoot. I also helped her lug numerous big bags and suitcases of clothes and props to the theater. Our costume designer Jennifer Anderson brought a large cache of costumes too. Just for the photo shoot. None of these were likely to be the costumes characters will be wearing during the actual performances.
Except there was one costume piece that Lissa and Jennifer thought worked so well for the character it probably will end up being the one you will see on stage in February and March. I’ll keep it a secret for now which costume piece. Maybe we can turn this into a bit of a game of “I spy with my eagle eye” for when you see the show.
Brian Michael Henry & Cory Tarallo Bri Molloy & Lissa Moira
Bri Molloy and Brian Henry
Anne Bragg, Zach Wachter, Camille Atkinson and Torian Brackett
Darcy Dunn, Tim Connell and Jennifer Anderson
The pro photog: Peter Welch Anne, Bri & Allie Radice
Matias, Brian, Bevin Bell-Hall, Rosalie