Katie plays four characters in The Making of a King, including Doll Tearsheet and Lady Mortimer.
“Inhabit your costume with utter familiarity, and make it work for you; after all, your character chose it in order to convey an image to the world.” --Maria Aitken
New clothes, new smells, new lights, new sounds. New floors, new shoes, new hair. The first day of technical rehearsals harkens back to my childhood: reaching into my dress-up trunk and seamlessly stepping into the characters I’ve created in my mind.
|Katie Paxton as|
Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV.
Photo by Jon Gardiner.
During technical rehearsals, we are stitching together each individual artists’ work on and off the stage. The lighting designer, sound designer, costume designer, directors and actors each add a unique piece of cloth to the tapestry of our production.
The idea of putting it all together can seem impossible (Can this cockpit hold the vasty fields of France?)--but I was astonished by how our plays effortlessly slipped into the Paul Green Theatre like a pair of old gloves in my childhood trunk.
We teched through and ran each show in four days, which means room left to play, tweak details and explore before previews...who woulda thunk?! That has to be a record. If not, it’s certainly a testament to our phenomenal team of artists on this epic project, working day and night to tell the story of The Making of a King.
The Making of a King: Henry IV and Henry V runs January 28 to March 4. Click here for more information and tickets.