The Two Annies, A batch of Hairspray, A Wedding Singer and a Pole
What a busy week! As I write to you on my first day off in seven, I've just woken up from a 12 hour nap with a hot cup of coffee sitting next to me. Much needed rest after a busy week.
Basically, as soon as I got home from Tamworth, things have been just... chaotic, ever since. I've dived head first into rehearsals with the Western Arts Theatre Inc. for their upcoming production of Annie. The show seems to be framing my life in Melbourne this year.. haha. Musical Director, Minna Ikonen and I get along superbly, and I'm having a fantastic time working with her and the cast. I learn a new pointer from her every rehearsal, whether it be about vowel changes or warm-ups or interpretation, there's always something! I look forward to the shows in September.
This week also saw me revisiting the cast of the People's Playhouse Theatre Company's Production of Annie at the Cranbourne Community Theatre. It's always a privilege to revisit a production you've worked on in performance mode and seeing the growth that's come since. The whole package was simply spectacular. The cast, crew and creative team should be immensely proud of the results - they had me in tears of joy. A sincere congratulations to Michelle Thomas (Director), Kyla Kay (Choreographer), Talaylin Zeppa (Vocal Director) and Malcom Huddle (Orchestral Director) for all of their work, and to the entire cast, particularly the two Annies, who were the most captivating Annies I have seen in a production thus far. It was a privilege to be a part of!
From that 1:30am arrival home, I departed at 7:30 that morning headed for the sitzprobe of Hairspray, with Penola Catholic College in Broadmeadows. Despite a few technical issues on my part with Mainstage (bless technology), it was a fantastic first rehearsal for me. The leads are very strong for a high school production! It will be interesting to see if their vocal health and overall energy is maintained right through to closing night. Time will tell!
Sunday was the first band rehearsal for Koonung Secondary College's "The Wedding Singer". It's a great show to play for because it's completely away from the traditional theatre stream - essentially a rock band with horns. Very 80's. The run went really well, and was a great establishing playthrough. The interesting point will be when we get to sitzprobe and the cast sing alongside us.
After all of this rehearsal, it was time for me to dive back into the practice room head first and get back into my own solo repertoire. Above, you saw my Chopin Polonaise.. one of five pieces for my end of year recital. It's really hard with so much going on to get back into a regular team.. one just has to "make time", even if they don't have it.
I got to visit the Melbourne Recital Centre last night, with Richard Gill conducting the MSO through "Haydn's Drumroll Symphony". It's always a pleasure when Gill conducts, as he not only shapes the work flawlessly, but explains the history and interpretation exceptionally well. The performance also saw me re-gramed by the MSO.. but we won't talk about that. ;)
I now sit in my office/apartment madly smashing my iMac, in crazy preparation for a huge project taking place next week.. more to come. Stay tuned, and keep an eye on my Instagram and Facebook pages for more info!
Leave me a comment and tell me about your favourite memory of a performance you've attended!
Until next time,