Category Archives: Sneak Peeks

Mrs. Caliban Sneak Peek

We had a really fun subscriber/donor event on Sunday.  The theater was swept completely bare and everyone who walked in said, “Whoa! I’ve never seen the space empty before.”   It was a fleeting state, so don’t rush over to see.  Monday morning began the load-in for The Last of the Dragons.  The season marches on!

As usual, we had wine and cheese and other yummies.  We had 30 subscriber/donors attend and we got an unusually intimate peek at the rehearsal process of Mrs. Caliban Ann had the cast performing physical improvisations in pairs, based on three words they’d chosen that characterize their stage relationships.  This was totally fascinating and great fun.  The audience got to guess the relationship words the actors had chosen and the guesses were dead on, which tickled all involved.  Then we heard some scenes read and a lengthy discussion followed.  Many thanks to cast members Peter, Brenda, Jenifer, Dan and Monica, as well as Frances, Ann and Stephanie for allowing us to look inside their process.

Dorothy Milne
Artistic Director

Sneak Peek pics

Today, we post some pics that Katie snapped at the subscriber-only Treasure Island Sneak Peek event on Sunday. We always look forward to these Sneak Peeks as a great opportunity to connect with our subscribers and share a little bit of our artistic process (and all of our excitement) early in the rehearsal period for each new MainStage production.

Branimira Ivanova presents her costume sketches and Blind Pew’s leather cowl.

Chris Hainsworth and John Ferrick grapple at close quarters during an early look at the Isreal Hands/Dirk O’Brien knife fight.

Geoff Coates turns the action around to show the audience all the behind-the-scenes stage combat tricks used in Chris and John’s fight.

Rob Kauzlaric
Marketing Director

August Updates

New Driveway! (And a new adventure for our former gates…)
Yesterday’s activities at Lifeline were underscored by a jackhammer rhythm and a basso sledgehamer beat. Our flaking, scaling, crumbling driveway is being replaced!

Removing the old concrete

The first and most daunting job was prying out a deeply embedded steel post that protruded out of the center of our driveway. Back when we had working gates, this protrusion functioned as a gate catch at the center of the drive. But our gates have long since ceased to function and with the removal of the post, we’ll no longer have to put a big orange cone over the hazard every time we have company.

Once the new concrete is poured today, we’re going to be smooth and beautiful and welcoming!

And what’s to become of our cute former gates? Never fear, they will have future life! The sculptor next door, Andy DeLaRosa (of B1E Gallery) has offered them a home. They will be soon decorating Andy’s sculpture garden. Be sure to check it out when you next visit us!

Drama Camp — full of fun and hilarity
Lifeline’s Summer Drama Camp for 7-12 year olds, led by Jasmin and Eddie, had its final performance on Saturday, July 25th. The final showcase featured a drum circle with drums the students made, demonstrations of games, improvisations and several short plays that the students had written themselves. A good time was had by all! Our Education Director, Lea, is already in full planning mode for next season’s off-school workshops and camp offerings!

Sneak Peek for Treasure Island, August 9th
Our sneak peeks are among my favorite Lifeline events and this one was particularly fun. “Jolly Jolly Grog” (rum punch named after one of the sea shanties in the show) was served along with the usual wine and cheese and treats. Subscribers and donors mingled with Lifeline artists, staff and board. Brani showed her renderings, costumes were modeled and blood packs were discussed. Chris and John demonstrated a knife fight from the show and then broke it into slow-mo pieces so Geoff could explain the techniques and deceptions they use to fake us out. Alan‘s set model was on display and we got to see the firing of one of the antique pistols that he and Geoff have rigged up to fake/shoot. As always, we took folks on tours around the facility so people get to see our hidden nooks and crannies. It is great fun to get to meet our donors and subscribers and express our thanks to them with these parties!

The Farm Animals are back!
Shole and George and Jim are working on Dooby Dooby Moo, another tale from the popular series by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. This time the farm gets involved in a talent show! We’re bringing back TWO former Farmer Browns to share the role. Craig Thompson, who originated the role in Click Clack Moo will perform on weekends and Ben Kirberger, who was one of the Farmer Browns in Duck for President, will perform the weekday performances. Amanda Link (formerly Hen in Duck for Prez) is back to play Ewe. Elizabeth Dowling (Pig in Giggle Giggle Quack) is back to play Pig. Heather Currie (Pig in Duck for Prez) is back to play Cow, and we welcome Nathaniel Neimi as our brand new Duck. Whew! That’s a lot of animals (and former animals). We’ve collected quite a barnyard as we move into producing our 4th book in this popular series. As usual, Doreen and Betsy and their families will fly in from NY to see the show — this time for opening (October 18)! Yay!

Dorothy Milne
Artistic Director