The crew clears the stage so rehearsal can begin. The floor is covered in black paper and tape because it is being painted by the set crew. Many of the large set pieces have been built and are leaning against the wall.
Director Peter Larlham talks the the cast before rehearsal.
Ladies rehearse in corsets and skirts, and men wear hard-soled shoes, to get a feel for their costumes. Notice the "wallpapered" wall of the hotel room on the house right side of the photo -- evidence that the crew has been hard at work building the set.