Goodness me! It is less than two weeks now until the opening night. Frightening how fast the hands zoom around the dial isn’t it? And so much has happened since the last report. First of all, I got sick [is that possible? Should I not be sick rather than get sick? Anyway….] and not only missed rehearsals but got behind on everything that I’d neatly planned out. Sometimes the best laid plans just can’t be implemented no matter how hard you try. Thankfully the wonderful team around me picked up the pieces and made the best of a less than ideal situation. Then it got more exciting.
The set and props crew started turning up at rehearsals every week sawing bits of wood, measuring up, creating goats with flexible parts, painting giant faces of Pharaoh’s and showing me everything from snakes to Bibles. The costume team appeared with beautiful drawings and ideas of how the characters would come to life on the stage. As I turned away I am sure I saw one of them out the corner of my eye coming towards me tape measure in hand.
The cast have been working very hard. A nasty task-master am I and we have had a few weeks without coffee breaks when they have been constantly on the go and running off pleadingly for a brief toilet break. Oh, but they are doing themselves proud. With a few more hours of rehearsals…… And the leading lights have really stepped up the pace and the quality – suddenly, at our last rehearsal before Holy Week, they gave performances that were almost opening night standard. And we all know that there will be so much more to come from them once the lights shine on their faces making the make-up drip down their costumes. Lovely.
This week is a challenge. We haven’t rehearsed now for almost two weeks. That is a lot of time for a lot of progress to have been lost. Promises of spending time learning words, harmonies, movements and staging will either have been kept or broken. We shall see.
Whatever happens it is going to be an interesting couple of weeks.
[Photo of “Camel caravan in a desert” by m_bartosch: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=681 ]