When I saw that NCTC was going to be sending out a touring production, I couldn't wait to audition. I worked for NCTC a couple years ago in Tortoise and the Hare, and loved every minute of that experience! When I went in and auditioned for Jack & the Giant, I was called back for Luna and booked it! We got the script/music a few weeks later, and I couldn't wait to get started. Our rehearsal process was two straight weeks of the most collaborative rehearsal I've ever been a part of. Andrew Barbato (who also wrote the show) directed, and Doug Makuta music directed. The show is accompanied by guitar, and has a great folk feel...I could listen to Doug and our guitar player Adam jam at rehearsal all day, everyday. Since we were the first to put together this touring version of the show, we would get edits, new pages, changes to the order of the show, sometimes even adding things ourselves as we ironed everything out. #workinprogress
Luna is the MOST fun...she's smart, free, fearless, and goofy - she sees the best in everyone, even when she doesn't see the best in herself. By design, she's a steampunk-inspired collection of world-wide artifacts...probably collected on her travels to distant lands and faraway places. Luna is a catalyst - she's a lover of people and places, seeking to understand rather than judge. We talked often during rehearsals about what the prequel to Jack & the Giant would be - I wouldn't be opposed to a peek into Luna's life before she crashed into Jack (literally).
Our tour runs through the end of April, and it's been a BLAST. I'll be sad to send Luna off, but I've got a feeling it'll be the start to another great adventure.
In the words of one of the kids during our talkback, "i learned that fear is not an option. Oh, and if you sing it makes things better."
Couldn't have said it better myself.