After our ‘stagger throughs’, it’s full steam ahead for the next couple of weeks, making sure that everyone knows what they are doing and tidying up missing bits and transitions between scenes.
Putting an evening like our Gala together is a bit of a marathon and as a result, at this point in term, everyone’s tiredness starts to show. This happens in lots of ways – illness (which there is still a lot of and so more absences than is ideal!), but mainly forgetting lines or bits of choreography – these final weekends really were a battle for this sort of thing! It’s a lot to ask, to get get your members to start to piece together the songs, the scenes and the dances – especially as some of them have never been in a play before, never mind an all singing, all dancing musical!
Having said all that, our brilliant young people are the ones who make this all work in the end, and these final rehearsal weeks are where some real start come into their own… not just performers, but leaders. Many of the members, step up and take on roles that are more about encouraging and supporting their fellow members.
This takes many forms, teaching bits of choreography to those who’ve been away or are struggling, testing people on their lines, acting as a 2nd eye for the director to make sure everything looks as it should, being leaders for the ensemble to ensure that the blocking is correct when the main action is happening… even just being a good friend when someone feels nervous, stressed or upset.
Plus this week we started to add props into the scenes too… just to make it REALLY challenging!
Like this one, that Maddy had to carry about on the tube… can you tell what it is?
We also got our costume fittings going in full effect in these final weeks… the lovely Miranda has been rooting through our costume cupboard and her own supply at home and is mostly now seen carrying around large suitcases at weekends!
Dresses for Cinderella’s nasty step-sisters.
Rapunzel meets her hair!