Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Designing and Brainstorming and Hair, Oh My!

I love the idea of collaboration. It’s like an army of smart thinkers forging ahead into a pool of ideas, trying to weed out the bad from the good. Maybe it’s just part of my personality or maybe it’s the years of being taught that good theater only happens when people work together, but I’ve never understood why anyone would choose not to collaborate on a project when the opportunity to share ideas is presented to them. Orlando Shakes works like a well-oiled machine when it comes to collaboration. For this reason, it felt easy to jump into discussions about what the new brochure cover should look like, or how to guarantee our subscribers the best possible experience. The ease of open collaboration here at Orlando Shakes has been apparent to me since Day 1. Yes, we all have our own work to do, but that doesn’t mean we work alone.

While this week was mainly spent preparing for the coming season, the Marketing Department also focused on our Opening Day Party for Rapunzel (the summer Children’s Series production currently playing on the Goldman Stage). Rapunzel is a not-so-typical tale of a spunky plumber-in-training. The children that saw our opening performance were so excited to share their new “plunging” skills with me. As I watched their laughter and delight, I felt so grateful to their parents and guardians. I wanted to thank them for taking their children to live theater and showing them how important the arts are in our community. To all the parents out there who have ever taken your children to the Theater, thank you. To all those who haven’t, Rapunzel runs until July 27th! What are you waiting for?


Tess Carr-10 e webTess Carr is a recent graduate of Valencia College with a degree in American Sign Language Interpretation. She is also an actor, having performed most recently at the Orlando Fringe Festival. You might have seen her on some local stages including the Orlando Repertory Theatre, Mad Cow Theatre, Athens, and Central Florida Community Arts, just to name a few. After her summer as Marketing Intern at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, she plans to attend The University of North Florida in Jacksonville to complete her bachelor’s degree in political science. 

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2 responses

  1. What, please, is a plunging skill? Recently referenced on the children’s play, Rapunzel. Maybe it is in evidence from the play. Sorry, I did not get the chance to see it.

    June 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    • melissalandy

      Hey Richard! In our adaptation, Rapunzel’s father owns ‘Prince’s Plumbing’. The show involves fun audience interaction where a few children are selected to learn some silly moves with a plunger!

      June 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

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