Tuesday, July 3, 2007
These days are packed with such an enormous variety of activities. This morning it was movement again. We had a good run at If I Was A Princess, and The Birth of Telemachus, and got both of those pretty much set.
After lunch it was Wily Odysseus and Dreamboats. Then a brief fight review, and on to the staging of the rape scene that leads into Dreamboats. (All this will probably sound like gobbledy-gook to you. But it was a hard working day for us.) Then another couple of visual experiments with the hangings, a music call, and the day was finished.
It’s much like rehearsing a musical really, although, having done many musicals, I would still class this as a play with music. We are certainly utilising a broad range of skills: the singing requires quite a bit of rehearsal as few people read music, and Maestro Warren hasn’t made it easy in all cases. Then there’s dancing, and fighting, and acting, and working with a brand new script adds to all those challenges. And it’s not like we’re playing one role through the piece. Except for Penelope, we are all wearing multiple hats… or veils, as the case may be. Time passes quickly. But at the end of the day, you feel like you’ve been there for a week.
But fun. Lots of laughter and camaraderie. And once again, an All Hail Josette! She is a remarkable woman, and continues to fight to realise her vision for this production. Always with a smile, always willing to listen, and always willing to jump in and show us what she means in a jolly and entertaining manner.