Month: October 2010

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Part 1 Opens: Reactions from the Cast


The 24 person cast, plus designers, crew, and staff members

“I absolutely LOVE my work with you all. I feel so incredibly lucky to be in this show with such wonderful people and working on material that has such depth. Thank you each for the part you play. Goodness, we are lucky.” –Erica Spyres, Tilda Price, Miss Snevellicci

“This is a dream company and Nick/Nick will be a landmark in Boston theatre history. I am both humbled and proud to be a part of it.” –Will Lyman, Ralph Nickleby

“Speaking from my point of view behind the table/scenes, I’m so proud and appreciative to be a part of this show. To be able to see the talent of the actors, directors, designers and technicians that I work with every day reminds me of how inspiring and amazing theater can be. I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for constantly inspiring me and for helping me to love what I do SO much! I will be forever grateful to be able to say I was part of the Nick/Nick family!” –Amanda Ostrow, Production Assistant
“I have never been as excited to begin a 12-hour tech than I am today. Our Nick/Nick is chock full of people, characters, and experiences that make going to work exciting and ‘always a joy’. The Lyric is so full of life and love on this production and I am so incredibly proud to be a part of it with such a talented and lovely group of people.” –Cat Dunham-Meilus, Production Assistant

“After 6 weeks, I still watch the scenes I’m not in. I cannot think of a better way to express my appreciation for everything everyone is doing. Someone once told me that an ensemble is a group of people who, rather than striving to make themselves look good, are doing their best to make every other person on stage look good. I hope I’m doing my part, because I know everyone else is making me feel like a champion.” –Daniel Berger-Jones, John Browdie, Lord Verisopht

Dicken’s Guide to Minding Your Manners

Recently, we’ve been studying the etiquette of Victorian England, and what it took to be a gentleman or a lady. Here’s a hint: a lot. The Victorians were very concerned with how one behaved, and the rules for what one should and should not do were complex and detailed. Much of what we consider to be basic ideals of behavior and courtesy (e.g., Do not talk while your mouth is full, or give up your seat to an elderly person) began during the Victorian Era. Here are a few of my favorite rules:

  1. For the gentleman: “Never scratch your head, pick your teeth, clean your nails, or worse of all, pick your nose in company; all these things are disgusting. Spit as little as possible and never upon the floor”
  2. For the ladies: “a young lady should be expected to shine in the art of conversation, but not too brightly.”
  3. For gentleman and ladies: “a gentleman may take two ladies upon his arms, but under no circumstances should the lady take the arms of two gentlemen.”

So until next time, remember: “You may bow to a woman in a window, if you are in the street, but you must not bow from a window to a lady in the street.” Mind your manners, please.

Test your knowledge of Victorian etiquette with this fun role-playing game from the Musee McCord Museum.

Rehearsal Video

Watch video from The Nicholas Nickleby Rehearsal Center below!

The ensemble of THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY rehearses narration for the production at The Nicholas Nickleby Rehearsal Center. The cast includes: Leigh Barrett, Daniel Berger-Jones, Peter A. Carey, Neil A. Casey, Sasha Castroverde, Larry Coen, Daniel Cohen, Michael Steven Costello, Jack Cutmore-Scott, John Davin, Janelle Day-Mills, Kerry Dowling, Nigel Gore, Eric Hamel, Hannah Husband, Maureen Keiller, Will Lyman, Joseph Marrella, Grant McDermott, Sally Nutt, Jason Powers, Elizabeth Rimar, Alycia Sacco, Erica Spyres