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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Miss Saigon, Part 1

Miss Saigon rehearsals began yesterday. It's the start of what I expect to be an intense, exciting few months. From now until September, we will be in back-to-back rehearsals, in the evenings from Monday through Thursday, and most Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Then for the entire month of September, it's back-to-back performances, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (and sometimes two shows on Saturday).

The rehearsals move quickly. For the first two weeks, we are concentrating on learning and honing the music, and then we move on to staging and choreographing it. By the end of last night, we had tackled and memorized one huge, three-part ensemble piece ("The Morning of the Dragon," for those who are familiar with the musical. As the director, Grant Rosen, joked, it's more like "the morning and the afternoon and the evening of the dragon" since it's so long and elaborate). The expectation is that by the end of two weeks, we'll know all the music by heart and be able to concentrate on adding movement.

This is probably my favorite part of the process (besides performing it of course): singing it, hearing how it sounds with everyone else and imagining how it will look on stage. It's only been one night, but it's already beginning to jell, so stay tuned (ha, ha).

4 Comments:

Blogger awh said...

Pls remind us again in Late Aug to get our tickets. I know several people who would love to see this musical and you!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Joe Rothchild said...

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Blogger Joe Rothchild said...

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Blogger Joe Rothchild said...

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