On Wednesday, April 9 2014, rehearsals began for Wiley and the Hairy Man presented by the Next Stage Program at Long Wharf Theatre. The evening began with introductions and designer presentations. Everyone gathered around has Scenic Designer, Kevin Grab, and Costume Designer, Carl Ramsey, gave their presentations.
Afterward, the cast was left to get comfortable and open their scripts for the first read-through. The first read-through is an exciting undertaking where voices and initial interpretations come to life for the first time. We asked Ryan Ronan, Wiley, what his expectations were for this production. “It’s going to be great!” he exclaimed, “I’m inspired by this story and connect with its message of facing your fears.” Although this is his first time doing the Theatre for Young Audiences production at Long Wharf Theatre, he has done Shake-It-Up Shakespeare three times and was a part of the West Haven High School Theatre Workshop. “I’m really excited to be back”, said Ryan; and all of us are excited to have him and the rest of the cast and crew in this fantastical journey of Wiley and the Hairy Man.
But in another part of the theatre, another journey is well on its feet. James Hicks, Scenic Resident at Long Wharf Theatre and Technical Director for the play, is hard at work building the set.
But it’s not only James, other departments are hard at work designing and constructing the various aspects that go into this production. Sets, props, lights, sound and costumes all come together through collaboration and diligence into an experience like no other!
Come see Wiley and the Hairy Man playing May 16th at 7pm, May 17th at 11am and 2pm, and May 18th at 2pm and see where this journey takes us! Tickets, in advance, are $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors; and $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors at the door.
— John Marsalis, Company Management Resident