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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Opera rehearsals


I have had to make many last minute changes due to medical emergencies, AMEA, ACDA, etc. While I totally understand that emergencies happen, it is not acceptable for any of you to make plans that do not allow you to be in class at any given time. Today, Michael missed an entire rehearsal which was scheduled to replace the rehearsal he missed for a very good reason last week. Thanks to Beau and Maria for stepping in to fill the time.

Out of consideration for your very busy lives and the other commitments you have, rehearsal commitments have amounted to less than an hour a week. Asking for (or planning for) more time off per week is not realistic.

There are seven rehearsal times left before the dress rehearsal, including one which several of you are planning to miss due to ACDA. To date, we have not gotten through the entire program in two rehearsal periods. Do the math: this means perhaps two more rehearsals per scene, and we haven't even staged some of them yet due to lack of preparation, illness, or family emergencies.

From now on, everyone needs to be in the building from 3:30-5:15 each class time. Only Hunter is excused at 5 on Tuesdays, and Maurice at 5 on Thursdays.

It goes without saying that everyone's music should have been rock solid weeks ago. If you're behind, fix it. It is not fair to me or to Dr. Steele to hope for extra rehearsals if this isn't up to snuff by April. He is more than swamped with recitals. It also goes without saying that any scene that is not performance ready in time will be cut from the program, with the accompanying grade consequences.

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Last performance class

We will meet all together in HRH. Don't fret: everyone should still be able to sing. See you then.