Today marks Day 1 of the most exciting/terrifying/brilliant/nauseating part of any rehearsal process: TECH. Actors tend to have a love-hate relationship with the necessary “evil” of tech: long hours…no windows (man, I miss that Vitamin D!) in the theatre…repitition and tedium… For me, this time on stage is where the last few pieces of the puzzle click together and I’m able to breathe as my character.
or are a follow me on Twitter , you know that I’ve posted a little something each day to try and capture the rehearsal process – in 140 characters or less. Let me tell you, it really forced me to get creative with spelling, grammar, and punctuation! (Apologies to all the editors and English teachers out there…) fan of my Facebook Page
So to celebrate the onset of tech, the next phase in the
Bunty Berman Presents… journey to the stage, I’d like to take a quick look back at the road so far: Feb. 25– It’s official: My Off-Broadway debut will be in ‘s spring musical @ TheNewGroupNYC ! # BuntyBermanPresents # todayitbegins Feb. 26– Rehearsal Day 2 is over- learned my new kick-ass solo & spent part of my day HERE. 🙂 # BuntyBermanPresents Feb. 27– Rehearsal Day 3: we sung through all the ensemble numbers! My script & I are now having quality time. # BuntyBermanPresents # PostItNoteHeaven Feb. 28– Rehearsal Day 4: Today, we danced! Tomorrow perhaps my arms & legs will do the moves at the same time… # BuntyBermanPresents # coordination Mar. 1– Rehearsal Day 5: channeled my inner Elvis for my 2nd solo number & got sweaty with my current fav dance move # BuntyBermanPresents # ponystep Mar. 2– Rehearsal Day 6: I have a Research Films list! Singin in the Rain, Babes in Arms, A Night at the Opera, Mother India… # BuntyBermanPresents Mar. 4– Rehearsal Day 7: I can either speak with an Indian accent or sing, but I cannot do both. YET. # BuntyBermanPresents ! # ChallengeAccepted Mar. 5– Rehearsal Day 8: dancing with sticks is HARD! Especially when # BuntyBermanPresents is also whacking me with them ;-p @ ActorTenorHuman # ouch Mar. 6– Rehearsal Day 9: 30 pages of music + 11 page scene + 4 dances + 14 actors= we’ve begun staging Act 1 Scene 1! # BuntyBermanPresents # marathon VIDEO March 6th BONUS: My castmate, Sevan Greene, has a vlog called The Greene Room. He’s posting a behind-the-scenes look at our rehearsal process each week. Enjoy Week 1! Mar. 7– Day 10: I am well on my way to mastering the art of looking coy while running (prancing?) around trees. # BuntyBermanPresents ! # progress Mar. 8– Rehearsal 11: What do you think a “gentleman’s appliance” is? And on that note… off to a pilot audition! # BuntyBermanPresents # HappyFriday Mar. 9– Rehearsal 12: we worked on some new pages and I had a HUGE breakthrough for my character! # BuntyBermanPresents # ShambervisLament # chills Mar. 11– Rehearsal 13: Fred & Ginger ain’t got nothing on Shambervi & Saleem! # BuntyBermanPresents # somuchballroomdancing # elegance March 11th was also The New Group’s annual Gala – we were invited to sing two numbers from the show, which meant we needed to get a little gussied up. We ladies clean up well! Mar. 12– Rehearsal 14: when singing & dancing simultaneously, one must always remember to BREATHE. # BuntyBermanPresents # oxygenismyfriend VIDEO March 12th BONUS: Check out what happened behind the scenes during Week 2 of rehearsals in the next The Greene Room vlog! # BuntyBermanPresents Mar. 13– Rehearsal 15: had the day off! AKA I ran lines out loud & reviewed dance steps by myself in Central Park… # BuntyBermanPresents # notcrazy Mar. 14– Rehearsal 16: second day off in a row? I’m starting to miss my cast! I can only be productive for so long. # BuntyBermanPresents # withdrawal Mar. 15– Rehearsal 17: I dare say- we’re just about finished staging Act 1! Can I get a BRAH-MIN?!!! # BuntyBermanPresents @ fbtarmo # HindusDontSayAMEN Mar. 16– Rehearsal 18: We did it. We stumbled, belted, & pony-stepped our way through Act 1!! # BuntyBermanPresents # seriousmusicalmilestone Mar. 18– Rehearsal 19: Staging Act 2! Thanks # BuntyBermanPresents for teaching me how to hold a cigarette in @ bornila . # LBOTSISfilm # MyDivaAccessory Mar. 19– Rehearsal 20: LOVE our jazzy new ensemble transition, but the round within a round within a round… # BuntyBermanPresents # BrainImplosion VIDEO March 19th BONUS: It’s another episode of ‘s The Greene Room! Week 3 Behind-the-Scenes of @ fbtarmo … # BuntyBermanPresents Mar. 20– Rehearsal 21: Publicity photo shoot tonight!!! I looked in the mirror & didn’t recognize myself 🙂 # BuntyBermanPresents # wardrobehmuMAGIC Mar. 21– Rehearsal 22: discovered Shambervi’s vocal register lies lower than mine- need to channel Elvis when singing! # BuntyBermanPresents # hairflip Mar. 22– Rehearsal 23: one of my solo numbers has a dance break inspired by tap & Kathak. My mom will be so proud. # BuntyBermanPresents # AnkleBells Mar. 23– Rehearsal 24: ran the show for the first time- in HEELS. Forgot how much they change things! # BuntyBermanPresents # posture # gravity # height Mar. 25– Rehearsal 25: had an intense (& fruitful!) vocal coaching session with the artistic genius Paul Bogaev, our co-composer # BuntyBermanPresents Mar. 26– Rehearsal 26: it’s official. We have staged every scene in the show! Elephants and mobsters and divas oh my! # BuntyBermanPresents # milestone Mar. 27– Rehearsal 27: so begins the cleaning process- the only way to get the whole show into our bodies is to drill it # BuntyBermanPresents ! # AGAIN Mar. 28– Rehearsal 28: Ran show for 1st time, false curtain to elephant! Let me tell ya- it’s FUNNY! Don’t miss it! 4/12-6/1 🙂 # BuntyBermanPresents Mar. 29– Reh 29: Maybe it’s the heels (sparkly, silvery, HIGHy)- Shambervi came alive during today’s run # BuntyBermanPresents # breakthrough # DIVAtime March 29th BONUS: Here it is – everything that’s going to (help) turn Lipica the tomboy into Shambervi the DIVA! # BuntyBermanPresents Mar. 30– Rehearsal 30: we met our incredible band in today’s Sitzprobe! # BuntyBermanPresents # thatswhatshesaid March 30th BONUS: Check out the first poster for “Bunty Berman Presents…”!!! That’s me being “saved” by Sorab Wadia. For the record, I do believe Bollywood has taken some photoshop-esque liberties with certain uh…enhancements… Apr. 1– Rehearsal 31: welcome to our new home!! It’s a work-in-progress of EPIC proportions #BuntyBermanPresents #DerekMcLane VIDEO April 1st BONUS: I know you’ve missed us! ‘s The Greene Room Week 4/5 Behind-the-Scenes of Bunty Berman Presents 🙂 @ fbtarmo Apri. 2– Rehearsal 32: getting used to our beautiful set- it’s amazing the difference doors & stairs & walls make! # BuntyBermanPresents # readyforTECH
8 days of tech begins…NOW. Here we go!