Oh, gentle reader…
Last night, the cast of Jewel Theatre’s Guys and Dolls had our sitzprobe!! Can I just say… don’t forget to buy your tickets!
For those who have never heard the term, it is a German word used in Opera and Musical Theatre which literally translates to “seated rehearsal.” When I first began to perform in musicals I could never remember this word so I called it by its less elegant street name, “Sit and sing” or “Sit/Sing.”
The sitzprobe is often the first time the cast gets the chance to hear the orchestra and vice versa. Apparently, there used to be a beautiful tradition that went along with this wonderful night of the rehearsal process, which you can read about here. The way Opera singer, David Cangelosi, describes it makes me want to be in that community in those days because it just sounds so amazing.
This has always been my favorite moment of putting together a show. Yes, even more than having an audience. Even more than choreography rehearsals. Sorry to all my choreographer friends that I just got the side eye from. Definitely more than auditions. Tee hee.
The orchestra brings so much fun and energy to a show, which is why I adore all those wonderful musicians that I have met while performing. Not to mention, outside of the show, every one that I am lucky enough to call friend are kind and incredible folks.
Of course, the actors work hard at creating a world for the audience to lose themselves in. When you add that live music, though, it makes the dancers leap a little higher and the singers emote a little deeper.
That mighty little band of musicians really blew our socks off last night.
This show keeps getting closer and closer to opening and already I am feeling a bit of the sads knowing that in just a few short weeks we will all move on to the next project.
But for now, I am gonna love every minute of this process!
LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN…
9 Days until Opening Night!!
Come and help us celebrate the opening of the Colligan Theater in the Tannery Arts Center, buy your tickets now!!!