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So day 2 of rehearsals has come to a close.
Day 1 was orientation. We got the welcome speeches from the designers and producer and director, then just jumped right in to vocal work on “Secretary Is Not A Toy.” Our vocal director, Ms. Carolyn Lamcke, I think is a HOOT!! She is very straight forward but not in a mean way. But like they say, the truth hurts. Like, when she said she couldn’t understand what I was saying. No big, I have been getting sloppy wif muh werds. I think its from not being in a show in almost a year. So, getting back to our music director, I love that when we get things right she claps her hands together and shrugs her shoulders and says “Hot Stuff!” I can’t help but to giggle every time.
Today, when we were getting ready to move on to another song “Been A Long Day,” she called it “Dong Day.” So then little innocent (at least I thought he was all innocent) Ronnie Misra began to describe a musical number, under his breath to the tenor section, featuring a certain “tool” if you will, and I thought I was going to stop the rehearsal because I almost couldn’t contain my quiet giggle. I was terrified that I would burst into my witch’s cackle! I was wiping my eyes by the time, we decided that we would have one of those inflatable wavy peopley thingys that are at car washes and stuff. Of course, they would be a little different than the car wash ones. I say we, because we began throwing in ideas while the bass section was going over their parts.
We worked through 2 new songs and reviewed “Secretary” just for kicks and still got to leave an hour early. I tells ya, Carolyn is a card! Oh and then she told us this story of her pet turtle. Funny but sad. It was so out of sync with the rehearsal, but I think she used it to trick us into forgetting about what we just worked on so when she brought us back into the music, we could concentrate and hit the accents and consonants the way she wanted us to. I don’t know how to explain this technique any better. When you learn something, it takes a few minutes for the brain to process and break it down and then you are good to go. I think the story gave us time to break it down, because when we sang it again, I thought we sounded really good. And I am super judgey. My friend Tom likes to call me Judgey McJugderson.
Tomorrow is blocking with our fabulous director Meg Fisher, so I am excited to get the ball rolling on that. Pictures are coming.
Now as for my interesting proposition: Ms. Samantha Stidham, who you may remember from Episode 5 of the podcast said “You know, I want to interview you for TheActorvist Podcast.” Say what? I think it would be so cool to have a guest on the show every now and again that is doing something other than allowing me to pry into their lives and stuff. So I am toying with the idea. I love her to pieces so I think it’ll be fun.
For now, it’s dream time.
Have a wonderful day!