As I spent the last few days worrying over JCS, that little voice in the back of my head began to whisper to me. Just ever so slightly. Kind of like seeing something out of the corner of your eye.
After a week of rehearsals, the cast got to sing through all ov Act 1 witb minimal stopping. To get them into the spirit of the night, we kicked off rehearsal with some vocal warm ups. After a couple of standards, we threw in something goofy just for kicks. Once they fully comitted to the exercise, I threw emotions at them as they sang “do you want fries with that?” I wanted them to build from a “it’s a great day” to “if you don’t get out of my face i will kill you!” It was fun to see them take this group exercise and make it into mini scenes. Some were more believable than others and when I came across those, I would say that I don’t believe it and I could see the shift in their intensity. It was a lot of fun. I hope they enjoyed the experience.
From there, the cast did a mini sit and sing of Act 1. It went really well and totally made my night to see the cast react to hearing the leads for the first time. It was great to see them really get into it with everyone being in the same room and enjoying the music.
After a small break, we cleared the chairs and told the cast the move around the room in the spirit of a character. It was like watching a show in itself.
To watch the characters begin to take shape, to see the reactions of the rest of the cast, and to know that we are on the up slopes of this process made for an incredible night!
Cut to 3 weeks later…
We’ve managed to get all but 6 or 7 numbers staged and begin stumbling thru acts this week. Every day I am excited to see what is in store and what is inside these actors. Every day I am grateful that they work so hard. I feel so unbelievably lucky that this particular group of people accepted parts in this show.
I hope that they are still enjoying themselves, even inspite of my frantically worded explanations. As I watch them laugh and chat, I know they are enjoying each others’ friendships. That gives me hope. Hahahaha!!
In all honesty, this incredible group of actors and I cannot wait to share this show with y’all!!!