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Friday, October 21, 2016

Being prepared

AMAHL Principals,

To follow up on our little chat yesterday, here are some thoughts:

-If you can't speak the text in or out of rhythm, without tripping, you don't really know it.

-If you can't sing it perfectly (notes and rhythms absolutely correct) while looking at it, you really don't know it.

-If you only get it right sporadically, you don't know it. It MUST be automatic before you can make music, make art, make drama.

After the play and the choir concert, refocus your efforts if necessary. Take this weekend, if you need, to tend to these things. Drill it daily if you must.

I finished yesterday's talk with the thought, "Keep the drama on the stage." Steven Pressfield says it quite well in his book, The War of Art:

The working artist will not tolerate trouble in her life because she knows trouble prevents her from doing her work. The working artist banishes from her world all sources of trouble. She harnesses the urge for trouble and transforms it in her work.

Once you get the grunt work done, then we can truly bask in the joy of making art. But not before.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

AMAHL schedule: check often for updates

Thursday, October 27
3:30-4:10 closing scene pp. 57-end
4:15-5 All (we'll let everyone but Mothers go early) pp. 47-52

Friday, October 28
Principals only: 3:30-6pm

Tuesday, November 1 From now on, we are IN SIROTE! Enter through the scene shop, on the Alys loading dock behind the building. Ask someone if you don't know how to get there.
2-3:15 Chorus scenes (Amahls and dancers, come when you can)
3:30-5 All called

Thursday, November 3
2-3:15 Chorus scenes (Amahls and dancers, come when you can)
3:30-4:30 run all scenes with Amahls
4:30-5 Kings procession

Friday, November 4
Principals: 3:30-6pm
CHORUS, please join us from 3:30-5

Starting now, we may call rehearsals on Friday afternoons, 3:30-6. Keep this time free.

Tuesday, November 8
2-3:15 Chorus scenes (Amahls and dancers, come when you can)
3:30-5 Principals work anything that needs attention

Thursday, November 10
2-3:15 Chorus scenes (Amahls and dancers, come when you can)
3:30-5 Principals: come early to get into costume, we'll run everything
5-5:15 photo shoot with UAB reporter

Friday, November 11
Principals: 3:30-6pm
CHORUS, please join us from 3:30-4:30

Sunday, November 13
2-4 ALL CALLED. Dry tech (no singing: this is for lighting. No white or patterned shirts, please.)
7-10 (TBC) ALL CALLED: orchestra rehearsal

Monday, November 14
5-8pm CONFIRMED piano dress. Come early enough to get into costume and makeup: dressing rooms open at 3:30pm. Make your own arrangements for dinner. No food in the dressing rooms.

Tuesday, November 15
7-10pm (TBC) orchestra dress. Come early enough to get into costume and makeup: dressing rooms open at 5pm. Make your own arrangements for dinner. No food in the dressing rooms.

Wednesday, November 16
Final dress rehearsal 7pm (time TBC)

Thursday and Friday, November 17-18
November 17 cast: Carter, Kristin, Joel, Corey
November 18 cast: Caleb, Ashley, Jeremy, Ben
7:30pm performances; 6:30pm call for group warm-up. Dressing rooms open at 5:30. Everyone stays after the final performance to strike costumes and props, clean dressing rooms, erase orchestra scores, etc. Tell your families now that you may not leave to celebrate until we are done! If you're efficient and everyone helps equally, we should be done by 9:30pm.

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