When I decided to start going to rehearsals for I Can Dream Theatre’s production of “The Tale Of Macbeth(ish)”, I hadn’t set out to make a documentary at that time. I remember randomly asking if anyone had ever come to their rehearsals and just filmed stuff for their own posterity. I was told that yes someone had come before, but it never really went anywhere. So I took it upon myself to go and perhaps put together some fun videos for Facebook based on whatever footage I was recording.
In fact, last January when I had gone to their first rehearsal and shot a fair amount of footage, I had the idea to make a few “mini documentaries” over the course of 2015 with a bigger documentary once the show was done in November. Everyone agreed. I was excited.
I actually finished one mini doc and I showed it to the team. Everyone really enjoyed it. I was excited. I went home after the screening really buzzed by the whole thing.
And then I woke up the next morning deciding that I was going to stop the entire idea.
Because it occurred to me that morning what could be done with this. There was something bigger than Facebook posts at play here. I think my little epiphany moment was that perhaps there was a greater story to be told about this organization, this group, the members.
So I jettisoned the entire idea of “the mini doc” and focused on a larger full length one.
I went to a rehearsal once a month from January until October (minus the summer months) and I just filmed what was going on, occasionally speaking to cast members one on one and asking them why they loved being in the group.
I sat down with Ada, Michele and Trish and had a little question and answer period with each of them. Their answers to my questions were both hilarious and honest.
But it’s about the cast. It’s always about the cast.
What I hope to get with my film is the palpable joy that its members have with they’re all together. It’s not only just about rehearsing, but about their camaraderie as friends, as those that truly care and enjoy being around each other.
And it was fascinating to witness the evolution first hand. From those first beginning rehearsals straight through until the nights before a rapturous audience at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. So much work goes into putting on a show like this.
I’m glad there was a camera lens to capture it this time around.
Evenings these days, you’ll find me in my home editing and editing and editing this story together with my goal of effectively telling the I Can Dream Theatre tale in a way that touches you on a different level than when you go to see one of their productions.
My goal as a creative person is to tell good stories.
I look forward to sharing this one with all of you.