We sat down with Director Rich Tunley and talked all things Singin' In The Rain. Find out what he had to say!
Hi Rich, Wikipedia says that Singin' In The Rain is frequently referred to as the best film musical ever made. How many times have you watched the film and how has it informed the way you’ve approached the stage show?
What’s your favourite scene from the film, and is it also your favourite scene in the Simply Theatre production?
How similar is the play to the film?
Do you think that cast members feel a lot of pressure playing roles that were originated by icons Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds - and if so, how do they deal with this?
What can we expect from the show?
We’re hoping for"rain" onstage – how challenging are technical features like that to bring to life?
What’s been your favourite moment from rehearsals so far?
I’m also enjoying working with the principals who are learning to tap!! Leo & Jeremy who play DON & COSMO throw themselves into every rehearsal with gusto. We have just finished their ‘Fit As A Fiddle’ number and Leo has learnt to tap from scratch. By the end of the rehearsal our feet were killing us but the boys are pretty amazing already! It’s fun packing my tap shoes in my flight bag every week!
Singing In The Rain takes place at The Casino Theatre Geneva April 14-22 April. Book your tickets here