All in all, yesterday (July 4) was a good day to be inside the Wells-Metz Theatre, going over the final dress rehearsal before tonight’s opening of The Taming of the Shrew: the high temp ultimately crawled to 102º F with the humidity at 70% or so.
But the dress rehearsal didn’t begin until 1:00 p.m. What would be the best way to fill those empty morning hours? Don’t be silly!
Obviously, if it’s the morning of the Fourth of July, members of the Indiana Festival Theatre will be marching in Bloomington’s Fourth of July Parade!
Below: scenes from a warm morning with a hardy bunch of theatre professionals:
Wyeth and Brendan Michaelsen raise high the Indiana Festival Theatre banner at the IFT staging area, previously known as the Law School Parking Lot.
- Behind the banner came the Chrysler Sebring convertible, loaned by Theatre Circle Board member George Fielding, driven by chair Jonathan Michaelsen, and carrying Miss Indiana University, Brianna McClellan. All the white-shirted marchers in the background are members of the IFT contingent.
Brianna McClellan will be a senior this coming academic year. A major in theatre and drama, she has appeared in the IU Theatre productions of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Hermia), THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Kitty), HAY FEVER (Myra), MARAT/SADE (Guard), BLOOD BROTHERS (Linda), and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Malla). Last summer she appeared in the IFT productions of AH, WILDERNESS! (Muriel) and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Courtesan). She has also appeared in plays at the Bloomington Playwrights Project and the Virginia Musical Theatre, as well as the Discovery Channel’s WICKED ATTRACTIONS. Brianna was named Miss Indiana University this past spring.
Among the IFT paraders were (l-r) Kurt Semmler, who just closed DAMN YANKEES in the part of Rocky; John Kinzer, the director of audience development; Drew Bratton, the IFT’s managing director; and actor Thomas Crosby Beaver, who seriously displays the small “baseball card”-type pass outs, which we shared with the parade watchers. The cards offer a reduced price to the upcoming repertory plays of the Indiana Festival Theatre.
Edit: Ace videographer and department accounts supervisor Cindi Severance filmed the masterpiece, below, of the Indiana Festival Theatre on parade!