Category: Rehearsal

Fans love The Republic, praising its interactivity and ability to get lost in the story – literally

Last weekend with the Orlando Fringe Festival, we debuted our “beta test” version of The Republic. We went into the weekend aimed at not only entertaining all of our first players to pay for the experience, but also to learn from them to continue to enhance the show before our grand opening at the end of the month.

What we didn’t expect was the sheer level of excitement Fringe attendees had for The Republic, selling out both Fringe weekends before we even finished our second performance. No doubt, as the Orlando Sentinel put it, The Republic has become an instant “phenomenon.”

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And when asked for feedback following several of our test performances, our new fans had a whole lot of praise for us:

But, as expected, not all has been perfect in this conflicted society. We assign 30 completely different player roles with each show – and we’ve learned that some roles have played out far better than others. So with the help of feedback we’ve received from our “beta test” players, we’re working hard at improving everything necessary to make the show that much better for the 9 weeks we’ll be running after Fringe ends.

We’ve already added new games, tasks, and quests for players to become engaged with, adding even more layers of interactivity and chances to receive important story elements in new ways. As you might imagine, juggling the individual stories of 30 player simultaneously is a tough task – but one we are quickly perfecting.

We look forward to welcoming one more weekend of test players across five more sold out Fringe performances.

If you want to be among the first to experience The Republic, act fast as we only have two public performances available during our first weekend, on the evening of Saturday May 30th. After that, we will have 5 performances each week until the end of July.

Tickets are available at http://www.TheRepublicGame.com/tickets.php

Get them while you can! If Fringe is any indication of the popularity of this show, dates will be selling out fast.


The Republic ‘Alpha Test’ a smashing success, welcoming players inside for the first time

Things have been just a little hectic around The Republic lately, hence the lack of blog posts recently. Since my last update, we’ve been building seven days a week, preparing one incredible experience for you to enjoy beginning next week.

Last night, we welcomed 30 very excited players into our world. It was our “alpha test,” a chance for us to run the full show start to finish with outsiders for the very first time.

Before the performance, The Republic creator Sarah Elger met our eager players outside for a few words, noting the “test” nature of the evening. We naturally didn’t want to reveal everything just yet, still hard at work completing our sets, sound, lighting, effects, costumes, and makeup.

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Waiting inside was our incredible cast of performers, ready to interact in character for the duration of the experience.

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As players trickled inside, receiving their individual roles for the night, anticipation was building.

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Once let loose into our 18,000 square foot performance space, our first players had an absolute blast throughout the 90-minute experience. From the moment we welcomed them inside for an introduction to the show to the final seconds of the grand finale, each player was thoroughly entranced with the story and performances, literally running around at times, fully embodying the roles they had been given as scenes unfolded around them.

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All the while, Sarah watched from her Dungeon Master control center high above the performance space. Even without all surveillance cameras set up just yet, she was aware every action that took place, guiding the show to its conclusion.

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And when it had ended, our first players raved about how much fun they had – and how they were instantly ready to return when our full performances soon begin.

Then, just as quickly as it had all started, all was quiet inside, leaving Sarah – along with her entire cast and crew – smiling proudly as her creation had come to life for the very first time with wonderful success.

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Next week begins your chance to experience The Republic. Be part of our “beta test” at the Orlando Fringe Festival by getting a ticket here.

Following those select dates, our full performance run begins May 30, continuing every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening through July 25. Get your tickets here.

We thank all of the players for participating in our alpha test last night. Come back here in the coming days to get a further look inside The Republic as this exciting new experience finally takes shape.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Dances and kidnappings filled our festive fundraising party

It’s a big week for The Republic. We met our Kickstarter goal (thank you again!) and are heading into a weekend filled with building as many walls as we can to continue to transform our performance space from an empty warehouse into 18,000 square feet of fully themed environments.

As we ready ourselves for another weekend of excitement, we are looking back at last weekend’s fun-filled fundraising party, which offered the world a first look at several of our characters. Those who were there had a blast interacting with our performers. Though they weren’t in costume, they were most definitely in character the entire time.

For those who couldn’t make it out, today I offer you a glimpse at a few highlights from the party, including a particularly passionate and manic tango performed by Jana Bernard and Steven Kabick, as the Medusa and Minotaur, as well as a kidnapping at the party featuring our CEO (played by Kathryn Fabbroni), Oracle (played by Chris Brown), and Silver (played by Michael Corinella):

Now, the exact moments featured during the party will not be part of our production, but do give a sense of the type of interactions that players will enjoy while experiencing The Republic.

Other performers seen in the video and photos above include Steven Finkle as Daedalus, Emmi Green as a Bronze, Kim Lopez as a Slave, Jim Inzirillo and Clare Ghezzi as Surgeon, Justin Jones as HR Boss #1, and Gus Rodriguez as HR Boss #2. We announced these characters during the party, though have withheld details about who they are really are – on purpose. You’ll have to come out to experience The Republic beginning in May to meet them yourself.

Though… we are planning a few more surprise appearances between now and then.

Over the next couple days, our engineer Phil Burgos will be leading a team to make that happen. Check out all these 2×4’s he and The Republic creator Sarah Elger loaded up today:

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 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Kickstarter Fully Funded! A toast to you from our cast and crew

A month after launching and just minutes before tonight’s rehearsal began, our Kickstarter goal was reached and our project became fully funded!

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Thanks to your generous contributions, The Republic immersive theater experience now moves into full production with a massive build planned for this coming weekend to continue to fill our 18,000 square-foot warehouse with more than 25 elaborately designed spaces for you to explore come May.

To celebrate the exciting moment, our cast and design team offer a toast to all of you for helping to fund The Republic and spread the word over the last few weeks:

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THANK YOU for all of your support. With Kickstarter funds, our vision for The Republic will be fully realized, creating the most exciting and unique experience for your enjoyment.

Moving past the Kickstarter phase, we will now begin to reveal much more about our experience. Later in April, we will be launching an all-new web site which will enable you to dive deeper into our story before arriving to The Republic. And, of course, tickets will be on sale then as well. We will continue to share updates here on the Production Blog as well, so keep coming back to see all the latest happenings!

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Kickstarter party fun as our goal sits within our sights

This past weekend, we introduced Orlando to The Republic – or at least a small sampling of the society we’re creating.

Saturday night, we held a mysterious and intimate party inside our performance space. Amidst sets still very much under construction, our Kickstarter backers had a chance to interact with our performers in character for the very first time. We served themed drinks while the design team mingled with our future players, also offering a variety of live entertainment aimed at showcasing our performers’ many talents.

It was a tremendous success, both as a special event and as a fundraiser, getting us quite close to our Kickstarter goal. We’re currently just 14% away from our goal, with just over $1,000 to go!

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At the end of the night, we took a group photo with our cast, crew, design team, and the last few remaining guests who stayed for the entire duration of the party:

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We’ll be sharing much more from the party this week, including a closer look at who our characters are along with video of some of the live performances that took place at the event. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

In the meantime, help us reach our Kickstarter goal! We have just over 1 day remaining, so make your contribution now to nab one of our many exclusive rewards.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Building officially begins as The Republic immersive theater experience takes shape

There has never been a busier time for The Republic design team than the last few days.

Building has begun.

Thanks to your continued Kickstarter contributions (8 days left!) we’ve made our lumber purchases ahead of schedule and have immediately gone to work.

Our 18,000 square-foot warehouse is now housing a flurry of construction activity taking place amidst our continuing rehearsals. We’re working hard to rapidly construct the many walls that will form the elaborate maze of rooms you will get to explore beginning May 2015.

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Imagine building and fully decorating an 18,000 square-foot house in a matter of a few weeks. That is the task we have undertaken to create The Republic for you. And we’ll be ready for our opening day in less than two months with an interactive performance like you’ve never seen before.

Please keep backing our Kickstarter and spreading the word about the project. Your donations are tremendously helpful to keep progress moving. We can feel the buzz building about The Republic and it’s only going to get crazier from here.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


The Republic experience officially moves into its home

On Sunday, one hour before rehearsal was set to begin, we received some big news.

Sarah (The Republic creator, for those who haven’t been following along) quickly alerted our performers that our usual rehearsal space was unavailable for the evening and instructed them to meet at a mysterious parking lot address nearby. Then we led them on an exciting adventure…

The keys to The Republic’s warehouse space are officially ours – 3 weeks earlier than expected.

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Our performers were just as elated as we were to call this 18,000 square foot location home.

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They even slipped into character for one final group photo. (Your first glimpse, perhaps, at who these actors are portraying, even in their casual clothes. But you won’t know find out who these characters are until you come see the show.)

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Securing this location is a huge part of what your Kickstarter contributions will go towards. It’s definitely not cheap to rent such a large space for so many months, but absolutely necessary to put on a production of this scale.

After much celebrating, we immediately held our first rehearsal in our new warehouse. And from this point forward, every bit of work we do on The Republic will be in this space.

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We will begin building imminently, which means this blog is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Our rehearsal routines are anything but routine

As we inch closer to opening in May, we’ve upped our rehearsal nights to three per week, gathering our incredible performers together to run through the many elaborate scenes of The Republic, little by little.

But there is nothing ordinary about our rehearsals, acting more as a workshop to develop concepts with our performers rather than simply directing them with orders.

Lately, we’ve begun each session by allowing some of our performers to warm us up with fun and useful exercises, many derived from the world of improv acting.

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I have been filming all of our rehearsals for review amongst the design team afterward and to share with our performers to build upon each scene’s iteration.

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The bulk of our rehearsals involves stepping through every action of whichever scene we are focusing on for the evening, led by The Republic creator Sarah Elger.

This week, we’ve been covering –well, never mind. We don’t want to reveal too much about the events that will transpire inside The Republic experience. Let’s just say it has gotten pretty intense.

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Finally, we sit down for a post-mortem to get everyone’s thoughts on what went well, what didn’t, and what we can strive to achieve the next time. The Republic is truly a collaborative project, with absolutely everyone involved encouraged to be open and honest with their opinions to make a better overall experience for you, our players.

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Not every rehearsal follows this exact pattern and there are always unexpected moments of entertainment, like this week’s spontaneous dancing and surprise stilt walking.

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Of course, there is much more to creating The Republic than rehearsing with our performers, so in the coming days and weeks we will also dive deep into the creation of visuals, sets, sounds, music, costumes, makeup, interactions and more right here on the Production Blog.

In the meantime, please continue to follow and contribute to our Kickstarter project. It is the only way to receive the ultimate experiences when The Republic opens in a couple months.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Role Revolution – Moving from auditions to rehearsals

Much has happened since our last update here. We’ve moved past auditions into regular rehearsals, working with our performers to fine tune their most unique of roles.

Over the last few days, we’ve begun rehearsing our first scene, an important moment to set the stage for the rest of the wild performance you will experience – and interact with. I can’t entirely share just what is going on in the photos below. An orientation, of sorts. One you’ll want to be a part of.

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The Republic’s creator / Dungeon Master Sarah Elger (seen below in the pink and black dress) is there every step of the way, ensuring each rehearsal improves upon the last while always accepting input and ideas from the entire team of designers and performers. It’s a beautifully creative process.

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And it should be obvious from all the smiles that we’re having a ton of fun along the way.

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The Republic has twelve specific roles for our performers to portray. But we have far more incredible performers than there are roles, so we’re doubling – sometimes tripling – up, allowing each to interpret their characters to fit their own quirky personalities. While they will all guide players (that’s you) through the same wonderfully intricate story, the way it will actually play out will be different depending on which cast is performing that night.

That just means when we debut in May, you’ll have to come back to fully appreciate the grand scale of The Republic. Again and again. It’ll be different every time, we assure you.

And this post marks the beginning of regular Production Blog updates – almost daily. So keep checking back frequently to watch The Republic come together and to be ready for when tickets go on sale in a few weeks.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Performer Auditions v.2 – Unscripted, Improvised, and Hands-on

This week, we held our second round of performer auditions for The Republic as we begin to narrow down our core cast.

Since The Republic is an entirely unique experience, we have ensured our auditions have been entirely unique as well. Armed with only brief character descriptions, our potential performers were asked to improvise and act out a few roles, making up the scenes and dialogue as they went. They rotated rooms, linked up with others thrown into the same fire, and ultimately created on-the-fly experiences based on who they believed their characters were.

The results were spectacular. This talented group will no doubt put on an incredible show when The Republic debuts in Orlando in May 2015.

Take a look at the emotion and creativity that flowed through our performers in the video below:

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos