Experience What It’s Like Doing Two Shows at Once at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Jade Radford and Zach Fike Hodges here from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Conservatory Company. We’re excited to give you a behind the scenes (or should we say shrubbery?) peak of the rep we’ve been creating upstate. Tonight is the closing performance of Twelfth Night, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.
And here’s the whole Conservatory Company! Our company supports two of the season’s shows, Twelfth Night and The Book of Will, as well as understudying Pride and Prejudice. We have just opened our own production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, co-produced with the Acting Company and directed by Ian Belknap, that we will tour to venues around the Hudson Valley, as well as New York City schools in September. (Left to Right: Zach Fike Hodges, Serena Ebony Miller, Luis Quintero, Marielle Young, Sky Smith, Maryn Shaw, Daniel Liu, and Jade Radford.)
Our view of the Hudson River as we walk into work everyday! Audience members enjoy
dinner on the lawn before the show.
Closing night hugs on the lawn! CC member Daniel Liu, actors Krystel Lucas, David Ryan Smith, and Artistic Director Davis McCallum.
Our musicians warm up and begin mic check, playing Palmer Hefferan’s darkly magical and devilish original score. (Left to Right: Michael Broadhurst on guitar, Serena Ebony Miller on cello, Maryn Shaw on violin, and Marielle Young on clarinet).
Serena Ebony Miller, our music captain, shows off her mobile cello! We’ve learned to have music rehearsal in almost any space imaginable. Instruments have played a large part of our summer, helping create the atmosphere for our Illyria.
Production ASM Lindsay Kipnis gives our Illyrian architecture a safety run before the show. Because of our rep schedule, sets are constructed (and dismantled) in the space every night by our amazing Production team. This Illyria brought to you by set designer John McDermott.
Fight call begins! Stage Manager Roxana Khan oversees choreography with CC member Luis Quintero (our fearless fight captain!), actors Kurt Rhoads and Sean McNall, and CC member Jade Radford. Let the brawl between Sebastian, Toby, Sir Andrew and Fabian begin!
Friends now, fight later. Longtime festival favorite Kurt Rhoads (this is his 20th season!), and actor/Associate Artistic Director/Director of Education, Sean McNall, share a moment after fight call.
Swish, swish! Artistic Director Davis McCallum takes a dance break.