A Wicked Week in Tamworth
Home is where the heart is.
This week has been a FULL ON roller coaster of a week back in Tamworth, NSW. It's always lovely to come home and see the family, have a meal cooked by my dad, and by my grandmother, and see that some things never change.
It wasn't all nostalgia this week, though. I was invited by my dear friends at the Tamworth Musical Society to join their rehearsals for their October/November production of Wicked. It's always exciting to see the early days of a production - for this one, it was their second rehearsal. It's thrilling to be able to see the early inspirations and ideas of the cast and production team coming to fruition, and hearing those first big ensemble numbers take shape.
The Musical Direction team comprising of Tim Godden, Samara Redman and Todd Power are a three-strong force who all compliment each other immensely, and work to each others' strengths. I look forward to hearing their beautiful result in October. I believe their biggest challenges throughout the rehearsal process will be maintaining the vocal health of the cast, particularly the key lead roles, and ensuring that height of pitch does not introduce tension and strain. These are issues that I look forward to seeing them tackle head on, with great success.
In other news, I also had the opportunity to work with Robert McDougall (Les Miserables AU) at no less than his former high school, Oxley High with the cast of The Addams Family, being performed in September. Whilst censorship is always an "issue", the talented young cast were a pleasure to work with. As my first exposure to this show, it's definitely a musical that I'd look to direct in future - fairly cheeky, but very fun! The humour element of the show really does have to remain paramount throughout, in order to be sensational.
Work also took me back to the sound desk, as well. I filled in for my father at his regular gig sound engineering at The Pub (yes, that's actually what it's called) on Saturday evening, for the Australian College of Country Music Junior Meet and Greet. Brought back many childhood memories, including that of the country music festival held here every January. It's interesting to be able to work in that context - to be able to hear different stages of vocal development and a snapshot of the talent of the next generation. Inspiring. And to have a platform that allows the youth to learn from established and respected artists is incredible! I hope they have a spectacular week.
Despite the workload, I've had many an opportunity to catch up with friends and family, gained an unrestricted driver's licence, voted (which was apparently 'very' influential...), and visited my former high school. Not bad for seven days, and 300kms of driving around one town.
I'm now posting this before packing my laptop away and boarding the rust bucket of a plane back to Sydney, then flying onward to Melbourne.
Until next time!