Instagram Highlights: “110 in the Shade” from Rehearsal to First Performances

From first rehearsal through the show’s opening, the cast of 110 in the Shade have powered through to create a musical in about five weeks! We’ve collected some of our favorite photos and video that the cast and fans have shared on Instagram. We’d love to see your pics, too—please tag them #Fords110!

Don’t let the musical’s title, 110 in the Shade, fool you! Visiting cast member, Broadway’s Ben Crawford, arrived in town to a snowy day:

A photo posted by Ben C (@crawdady21) on Feb 15, 2016 at 7:31am PST

At first rehearsal in February, actors received their first look at the set design created by Michael Schweikardt. Anthony Dodge (husband of 110 in the Shade’s wonderful director and choreographer, Marcia Milgrom Dodge) snapped this pic:

A photo posted by Tony Dodge (@tonydodgewriter) on Feb 17, 2016 at 3:15pm PST

Costume designer Wade Laboissonniere created a pictorial lookbook for the show so that the cast could see the inspirations behind their character’s costume designs. These are some of the photos that inspired the costume for Noah Curry, played by Stephen Gregory Smith:

A photo posted by Stephen Gregory Smith (@stephengregorysmith) on Feb 15, 2016 at 7:35am PST

In this peek into a late rehearsal, taken by Production Assistant Samantha Wilhelm, the set and costumes look great!

A photo posted by Sam Wilhelm (@smsammy) on Mar 11, 2016 at 8:46am PST

But even before the costumes were finished, our cast used props to embrace their characters’ Texas origins…

A photo posted by Tracy Olivera (@tracylynnolivera) on Feb 13, 2016 at 7:34am PST

…and Ben Crawford found inspiration in his character’s namesake. (Just kidding! Starbuck’s name is a reference to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, not the coffee chain.)

A photo posted by Ben C (@crawdady21) on Feb 24, 2016 at 9:25am PST

One of the most exciting days for our cast is Sitzprobe, when they work with the orchestra for the first time. Tracy Lynn Olivera shared a video of her co-star, Ben, doing a gorgeous job singing “Evening Star.”

A video posted by Tracy Olivera (@tracylynnolivera) on Mar 3, 2016 at 1:04pm PST

And, in exchange, Ben shared this cute photo of Tracy with her in-show family—played by Christopher Bloch, Stephen Gregory Smith and Gregory Maheu.

A photo posted by Ben C (@crawdady21) on Mar 3, 2016 at 10:33am PST

During technical rehearsals (the last week before a show opens and when the cast, costumes, sets and musicians all come together on stage for the first time), the cast and design team meet again on the historic Ford’s Theatre stage! Here’s director Marcia Milgrom Dodge exploring the new set:

A photo posted by Tony Dodge (@tonydodgewriter) on Feb 25, 2016 at 7:24pm PST

As Tracy Lynn Olivera shows here, technical rehearsals can be exhausting…

A photo posted by Stephen Gregory Smith (@stephengregorysmith) on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:50am PST

And there’s lots of downtime for cast members (Gregory Maheu and Bridget Riley) to sit and talk…

A photo posted by Stephen Gregory Smith (@stephengregorysmith) on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:55am PST

Backstage, the Curry family’s got a bit of a competition going on!

A photo posted by Ben C (@crawdady21) on Mar 5, 2016 at 11:19am PST

And then, before you know it, the show is ready, and the audience arrives.

A photo posted by Tony Dodge (@tonydodgewriter) on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:19pm PDT

A photo posted by ✨IV.STANDS.IV✨ (@ivstandsiv) on Mar 10, 2016 at 5:36pm PST

Please join us–in person and on social media!–for 110 in the Shade. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Sara Cohen is Marketing Manager at Ford’s Theatre, where she helms the Ford’s Theatre Facebook and Twitter accounts, among other projects that share Lincoln’s legacy with the world. Follow her on Twitter at @SaraECohen.