Performance gear, photos, but no ploughsheds

2 Mar

Hi everyone

At Wednesday’s rehearsal a photographer came to take our photos for the concert programme. We’d all remembered to wear our performance gear of black with a splash of red. We were dolled up, zipped up, spray-tanned, shoe-shined, and had all remembered to put our teeth in. The photographer watched our rehearsal, and just when you’d forgotten he was there – SNAP – he was right next to you or snapping surreptitiously from across the room.  It was difficult to act naturally, and so tempting to dive bomb into a photo at the last second.

 

stealing thunder

 

Gary helped us get animated and smiley with the ‘Wa-be-doo’ warm up and quick jazz hands. This seemed to do the trick.

 

The men put on their best smiles

The men put on their best smiles

 

The ladies showed off their Normas

The ladies showed off their Normas

 

And Norma thought she had returned to her glory days

And Norma thought she had returned to her glory days

 

We had decided to move to the side seats upstairs to get a bit more room for our Big Normas. So if you see a lonely line of 5 altos who look like they are waiting for a bus, that’s us. It’s a good seat for hearing all of the choir and the different voice parts, but it’s a bit exposed and gave us too many opportunities to make up our own Alto 3 line.

We did a full run through of all the concert numbers with choreography as and when we remembered it. In ‘Another Opening’ we’ve added a cheeky wink, although there are no bushels involved this time. I’ve been practising my cheeky wink at home in the mirror. I’ve also found that if you cheeky wink on the bus or metro, everyone will give you a wide berth and it helps to get a seat. Try it and see if it works for you.

In the ‘King and I medley’ I had an unfortunate mix up with the words ‘sunshine’ and ‘sunlight’, which became ‘to kiss in the sun sh-ight’. Now that’s not a fitting word for such a lovely song, and ‘sun sh-ight’ sounds more like the weather that we have in Newcastle.

 

Today will be mainly sun sh-ight with showers

Today will be mainly sun sh-ight with showers

 

We practised the new choreography in ‘Brand New Day’ as we’re no longer doing a Usain Bolt pose (I’d practised that in the mirror as well). It’s replaced with pointing fingers, but not thumbs as well as that would be too gun-like.

 

Don't be trigger happy in brand new day

Don’t be trigger happy in ‘Brand New Day’

 

We were able to hang over the balcony and watch the men/tenor ladies sing ‘Nothing like a Dame’. It sounds really good, but Gary wants more ribaldry in the ranks. Here’s the instructional video from Morecambe and Wise, which should help you ooze ribaldry and bawdiness 😉

 

 

Then onto Thursday’s rehearsal, which was a short fiddly one. By that I mean a technical rehearsal to sort out the fiddly bits, the bits of the music that Gary has a red pen mark around. We tested out the ‘Le Miz’ harmonies to make sure we could make ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’ ring in the right places. Then we spat out our ‘T’s (the letter T, not teeth, or even tea by the way) in to ‘join in the fight that will give you the right to be free’. I hope I can remember to sing it that way again, but don’t bet on it.

We’re getting better at the ‘Boosa’ fat chants in the ‘Lion King’, and we’re beginning to sound tribal in parts. In by heart week I think we’ll improve on this tribal feeling, mainly by embodying the ‘Wherethehellarewe Tribe’ from Nantsy Gon Ya.

 

Throw away the Boosa Simba chants without giving them a though

Throw away the Boosa Simba chants without giving them a thought

 

Unfortunately in ‘Memory’ us side-seated Alto 3s couldn’t play ‘touch me’ along with the rest of the choir, as we couldn’t find our note. It’s just an F, but it so easily leaves us. I hope to be able to sing it to the end by next week. I’m fine singing with the Alto CD, but once it comes to singing it with the Mix I’m left all alone without a memory. Some serious brainwashing of my memory with ‘Memory’ is required.

Next week has been declared BH (By Heart) Week, with the week after that NWTRW (Now With The Right Words) Week.

 

It's not long to the concert, so get plugged into the rehearsal tracks

It’s not long to the concert, so get plugged into the rehearsal tracks

See you next week and happy word learning.

Lorraine x

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