Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

This Week at MRT – 12/12/08

As we are all recovering from the ice storm, I wanted to take this opportunity to share what happened at MRT this week, and what is going on next week.


On Wednesday night MRT was joined by great group of theatre students from Salem State College. After watching that evening’s performance of Skylight, the students had a post-show talkback with Director Charles Towers and actors Amanda Fulks, Christopher McHale and Joe Lanza. The students had about 25 minutes to talk to the actors, and asked some very interesting questions concerning some of the more emotional scenes in Skylight, how the actors prepare themselves for the show each night, and how the show develops from the beginning of the rehearsal process to opening night. Amanda noted that she learns something different about the show each time it is performed. She said on Wednesday she really connected with how her character talks about how teachers set goals for a special student. She also remarked that she would not be where she is today without the help of great teachers. Charles added that this is why theatre is so unique, because each night something new occurs that no one who attended a previous performance got to see.


There are only 4 performances of Skylight left, so this weekend is your last chance to see this great show. Closing night is almost sold out, so make sure to get your tickets in advance through our online box office at


As one show closes, another begins. Rehearsals for our next show, the regional premier of Richard Dresser’s A View of the Harbor, start on Tuesday. This is only the second time this play has been produced, and it will be directed by MRT’s own Charles Towers. Once rehearsals start, cast and crew have only 23 days before the show will be seen for the first time by New England audiences.   

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