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Godspell guys backstage
Emily Williams '10

Backstage before a performance, the male cast members generate enthusiasm for another show.

31 January, 2008: Day 13

Last night the actors donned their headset microphones for the first time. The sound system makes such a difference, I think. Especially in a musical. Up till this point, we’ve relied on the actors’ stage voices for projection, but the mikes contribute such a feeling of performance.

Yesterday the cast performed three full run-throughs: one at 10 a.m., another at 1 p.m., the last at 6 p.m. By the 6 p.m. rehearsal, they seemed exhausted. Rena, the student director, had difficulty encouraging energy during warm-ups. If you think about it, that kind of non-stop, fully-engaged practicing takes a physical toll on people. Props to them for making it happen. Today, the actors only run two rehearsals: one at 10 a.m. and a second at 1p.m.

On Saturday the tech crew runs a wet tech rehearsal at 10 a.m. They’ll run through the entire musical with the actors, checking for functioning microphones, official prop placements, lighting transitions, etcetera. Later the actors will run a sitzprobe, a rough musical rehearsal sans costumes, scenery, and acting. Basically, the actors sing through the musical numbers while the orchestra accompanies them, and Tim Dixon, the conductor, will focus on integrating the two groups.

Here’s my J-term confession: free theatre is a beautiful thing. I would choreograph every musical if it meant attending daily rehearsals. Granted, I’m not doing the grunt work of acting. (Half-guiltily I admit that the difficulty of my job ended about a week ago, after I finished choreographing the dances). Now I get to bask in creative energies and performances gratis.

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