I realized that I haven’t made the big announcement yet – that I will be directing the middle school musical at Trevor Day school this spring. Central has been gracious enough to allow me to leave
during the day. I’m really looking forward to it, especially since it is one of my favorites: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. We are in pre-production at the moment, nothing with the kids yet, just the teachers. But so far it has been an extremely rewarding process. I’m having a lot of fun just throwing ideas around with them. I am lucky enough to not have to deal with the scheduling, because that seems very  difficult. I am already deeply grateful to the production team. We start in
earnest the middle of next month.

Speaking of kids, my best friend and often my production designer Allen Babcock brought some of his students to New York for the day. Before they did some of the other fabulous things he had planned for the day, he had scheduled a few break out groups with “young theater professionals.” Looks like I fooled them! Seriously though, it was a very rewarding conversation for me. They had a lot of insightful questions and  brought a lot of their own good ideas to the table. They did ask a number of broad questions that were difficult to answer, but nevertheless I SHOULD have the answer to. Stuff to think about for the elevator speech. I came up with a  new way to sum up the role of a director. “Custodian of the Narrative.” What do  you think?  If today is any indication of how Wonka will go, then it is certainly something to look forward to.

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