Photos from the rehearsal hall | THE CANTICLE OF THE BLACK MADONNA gets ready for world premiere at Newmark Theatre on Sep 5

With a little more than a week to go before opening night, THE CANTICLE OF THE BLACK MADONNA, a new opera by Tiziana DellaRovere (Librettist) and Ethan Gans-Morse (Composer), is looking like very exciting stuff.

Here’s a few shots of the team in rehearsal including Kristine McIntyre (Director), Ryan Heller (Music Director), Michael Mayes (Adam), Lyndsey Cafferky (Mara), Gwendolyn Brown (The Black Madonna), André Flynn (Paul), Rachael Buckholt (Female Angel), and Timothy Galloway (Male Angel).

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Lauren Weedman alert

According to our sources, Lauren Weedman is in town and getting ready to blow the roof of the Armory with her show THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF PORTLAND, directed by Rose Riordan.

T-18 days to the first preview.

Here’s a few shots from rehearsals in the Ellen Bye Studio. Even in an empty room with no audience, this woman is 100% amped up and funny.

Prepare yeself…

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No - WE are not worthy...
No – WE are not worthy…

Third Rail in rehearsal for THE ALIENS

Over in Northwest Portland, spring is in the air.

There’s also intermittent rain and hail, depending on the hour.

And there’s something else – the distinct sound of playwright Annie Baker’s words (and the spaces in between them) coming from the Third Rail rehearsal room.

Fresh off a dashing and successful “Loose in London” theatre tour with a group of patrons, the mainstay Portland company is back at work and deep into preparations for the third production of their 2012-13 season, Annie Baker’s THE ALIENS.

For this show, Third Rail returns to the 100 seat Coho Theatre, the Off Burnside space where the group got their start just over seven years ago. You can still time travel back to the original Portland theatre blog, followspot, to read TR’s very first review. That play, of course, was RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS by Craig Wright.

3.22 CORRECTION Over on the TR Facebook page, Marty Hughley has pointed out that Michael McGregor’s review in The Oregonian beat the followspot post by three days. Now that is some precise Portland theatre history. Any further debate (preferably of the heated variety) can take place over on the followspot thread. It’ll be just like old times…

Here’s a look inside rehearsals as THE ALIENS starts to take shape.

Personnel glimpsed in the photos below include:

Shelmerdine – Bryce Earhart
KJ – Isaac Lamb
Jasper – Chris Murray

Director – Tim True
Sound Design – Jen Raynak
Stage Manager – Jory Bowers
Assistant Stage Manager – Matthew Jones

Opening night is April 12, and because of the small space and large subscriber base, the entire run is likely to sell out faster than you can say “Shelmerdine” (which admittedly may take a moment or two to get it right).

So don’t delay. Get those tickets today.

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