Working with the “Mary Poppins” kids

Shane Ann Rehearsals

The children I work with on the Broadway production of “Mary Poppins” are pretty incredible.  They range in ages from eight years old to twelve years old and when other children their age are out playing soccer or going to ballet classes or playing baseball, they are at dance rehearsals or blocking rehearsals or put-in rehearsals or dialect/diction rehearsals.  For …

“Newsies” first dress rehearsal

Shane Ann Rehearsals

Well, that was a lot of fun!  Last night was the first dress rehearsal of the Broadway production of “Newsies” and I got tickets for my NYU Graduate Acting students and the students from my private classes to come and see it.  (I’m the dialect coach so the Company Manager gave me free tickets to the production for my students. …

First Rehearsal of “Newsies”

Shane Ann Rehearsals

I don’t think it gets any more exciting than this!  First day of rehearsals for the Broadway bound production of “Newsies”.  The creative team is the same as it was for the Paper Mill Playhouse last summer with the talented Jeff Calhoun directing again.  Most of the actors are the same including Jeremy Jordan starring as Jack Kelly.  The excitement …

Preview of “Measure for Measure”

Shane Ann Rehearsals

Watching the preview performance of “Measure for Measure” I was again struck by the versatility, talent and stamina of the actors in this production. These are the same actors (with the exception of the beautiful Danai Gurira who is playing Isabella) who jump into their other roles for “All’s Well That Ends Well”. I was at the preview to take …

Preview Performance of “All’s Well”

Shane Ann Rehearsals

Last night I watched/listened to the Shakespeare in the Park preview performance of “All’s Well”. The actors are amazing. Their schedule of run-throughs, tech, dress and previews leaves me in awe of their stamina, grace under pressure and just plain talent. I did not have many vocal notes for them; they are doing everything we worked on. These same actors …

“Orpheus Descending” at NYU Grad Acting

Shane Ann Rehearsals

Today I was watching/listening to a rehearsal of “Orpheus Descending”. It is not as famous as “Streetcar” or “Suddenly Last Summer” or “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” but the language is powerful and the relationships are complex.  Williams’ attention to detail makes even the smallest character fascinating.  These characters have so many layers that they are a feast for …