I have had the pleasure of being allowed a special behind-the-scenes look into the making of one of our special evening events. Join me as I take you on a journey from auditions to curtains up for Miss In Her Teens.
I’ve been with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for eight months now, though I’ve dreamed of this for decades. Since spending every day in the Historic Area and meeting my coworkers, I’ve discovered one very important piece of information—we have some of the most talented people performing right here in Williamsburg.
When I heard Robert Weathers was going to be directing a play set to begin in late March, I thought it would make for a great blog post. So, I asked if I could tag along during the process. Thankfully, he said yes and he and the whole team have been so awesome to let me nose my way into the production.
Now, I’m no actor and I’ve only been in a couple of school plays in my entire life. I went to film school and studied screenwriting as well as French film of the 1960s. (Gold star if you’re familiar with the French New Wave!) This was all new to me. And absolutely fascinating.
First, I attended a night of callback auditions and observed the process. This was pretty much the only aspect of the production I was familiar with, since I was interested in casting when I was in college. The actors read a scene in pairs. After going through the scene once, Robert would direct them and they would read through it again. It was hard for me to pick, so I’m sure it was hard for Robert to make his final decision!
For the past three months the team has allowed me to come to rehearsals, listen to dialogue, and watch tumbling and dancing. They are amazing! Let me give you a little background on the play.
Miss In Her Teens is the story of a young girl set to marry a much older man despite her heart belonging to another. But there isn’t just one other man after her affection!
Enjoy a delightful, comic farce! Captain Loveit, recently returned from the army, employs his servant Puff to secure an agreeable match to lovely Miss Biddy—and her 15,000 pound fortune! However, in his absence, two other gentlemen have made claim to Biddy. The outlandish Flash and the foppish Fribble have every intention to have the young miss for themselves!
All of this makes for an entirely entertaining and hilarious night of entertainment. You’ll laugh out loud; I guarantee you. Take it from someone who has watched the play several times. The crew is working really hard to entertain you and make this funny.
The play opens Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Theatre. Tickets are just $18 for adults and $9 for youth.
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Comment on this post for a chance to win two tickets to the Thursday, March 26 show! Any comment will do; just let us know you’re interested. We’ll select three winners who will receive two tickets each. Winners will be chosen at random Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Additionally, employees of Colonial Williamsburg get into the event for free and are encouraged to attend opening night!
Take a look at a slideshow from auditions to rehearsals.