To the Barricades, Vol. 14
It's often been said that the voice is a muscle and the more you work with it, the stronger it gets. For me, yesterday and Friday's rehearsals felt like a vocal turning point. I was able to survive 5 or 6 trips through "One Day More" singing full voice and not having it hurt. If we had done the same earlier in the week, I don't think I could have said the same.
|Jenny Price (Fantine), Tim Heggie (Valjean) and Sheldon Dahl (Javert)|
I love this phase of rehearsal, when we go through complex scenes over and over again. This is when I get to fix little bits that I've quietly been screwing up for weeks. It's also the phase when I make little character discoveries and choices that get cemented into my onstage patterns.
For Steph, Alison, and Jennifer - our stage management team - this period is about recording and absorbing everything, including actors' movements, scene changes, and the melange of props that come in and out of the scenes. Steph is also preparing mentally to "call" the show, which is to say give the vocal commands that initiate the execution of hundreds of technical cues that have to sync perfectly with what the actors are doing. It's a process, that's for sure, and she's an absolute pro.
In my mind, yesterday's rehearsal will forever be the rainbow day. I was seeing interesting colour clusters, everywhere I turned. Claude, Susan and Steph were all wearing a similar shade of purple.
|Jonathan and Chris Bowers|
There was a large contingent of shades of light blue, grey and green lead by the Bowers boys.
|Jennifer Murphy, Karla Power, Grace Lima, Janelle Leask and Emily Beauchesne|
Karla and Janelle had to have coordinated their colourful ensembles. They led the neon/psychedelic gang.
|Adam Zacharias, Dylan Thomas-Bouchier, Sheldon Dahl, Chris Bowers, Jamie Manship|
Jeremy, Norm, Adam, and Terri were at the dark end of the spectrum, and there were enough other colour choices in the room to have created a rainbow, had we stood everyone side by each.
Grace's shoes were a cornucopia of colours all on their own.
While this process is aimed at telling an epic story, it also results in epic fun. Here are a few candid shots of what happened during breaks an on lunch hour.
|Samson Lee and Matthew Dillman injecting lunch hour with some music|
|Sheldon and Dylan watching the scene|
|A moment in the wings|
|Kyle Beeson (Marius) and Matthew discussing music|
|Reese Stanly (Gavroche) with April Bolen|
|Karla Power, Elizabeth Wells, Kelli Northrup, Lindsay Ingersoll, Janelle Leask, Crystal Milburn, Melba Seto and Diana Moser|