Blackbeard‘s unique immersive staging thrusts the audience entirely into the action like never before. Get an in-depth look at the inventive behind-the-scenes magic to launch a world premiere musical in this five-part series. Meet the writers, explore Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer’s vision and hoist the sails as the show takes off during the final dress rehearsal.
Signature Seminar Schedule
Who Is Blackbeard: The World of Blackbeard
May 29, 6:30 – 7:30PM
Meet director Eric Schaeffer and members of the design team as they talk about the history behind the piece, creating the fantastical world of the seven seas and the transformative ways Signature’s production will go from page to stage.
Sing a Song of Blackbeard: The Music
June 5, 7:00 – 8:30PM
Music Director Bill Yanesh and members of the cast talk about Dempsey and Rowe’s incredible music and discuss the ways Blackbeard is a change in the winds from their earlier musical collaborations The Fix and The Witches of Eastwick. Then enjoy a special private concert as they perform selections from the show.
To Be a Pirate: Tech Rehearsal
June 12, 7 – 9PM
The actors have learned their lines, the carpenters have built the set, the electricians have focused the lights and the stitchers have sewn the costumes – take a peek as all the elements come together in a technical rehearsal.
Sail On: Wandelprobe or Sitzprobe
June 13 or 14, time TBD (daytime hours)
The cast meets the musicians for the first time to make some noise! Throughout the entire rehearsal process the actors and the musicians rehearse separately. After the technical elements are incorporated, the orchestra takes their place onstage and the musical comes to life.
I Took The Journey: Final Dress Rehearsal
June 16, 7:30PM
You’ve studied the history, you’ve observed rehearsal, you’ve heard the music. Now, join the company as their first audience at the “invited dress rehearsal.” See how the artistic process wraps up when the final element is added – you!
Due to the nature of the rehearsal process, subject matter for particular sessions may change.