Monday, April 19, 2010

4/17

Rehearsal started today with a general lack of parking in Magnuson Park. There was a big book sale that going on, which really seemed to draw the crowds. Perhaps that's the secret to a full house in Seattle: a book sale decoy.

We started today with blocking Starbuck's "Rain Song". Gregory Conn, who plays Starbuck, makes it really easy to get excited about what he's trying to sell with his larger-than-life portrayal. Our director, Chris, gave us about a phone book of stage directions, and jokingly asked if it would committed to memory by the end of rehearsal. This was followed by a few chuckles and then many nervous looks around the room amongst the ensemble.

In this scene, like many others, Chris has blocked Snookie (Madison Greenlund) to hang out with me in the beginning of the scene, but ending up with Jim (John Huddleston) by the end. I think my new nickname for Chris should be "The Anti-Cupid" for killing any opportunity for romance. Whenever Snookie gets ripped from my arms, Paul always lets out a big laugh, taking cruel pleasure in my solitude. Musical directors are such sadists...

Fortunate for me (and every other male in the cast) ensemble member Jennifer Hawkins' character (if it is indeed a character choice) seems to be willing to accept any male attention that comes her way, with this scene being no exception. Awesome.

We closed rehearsal with blocking the finale. Similar to the "Rain Song", it was the song that we sang for callbacks, and initially got me interested in doing the show. It's hard not to feel good when singing this song 'cause it puts a little pep in your step. If you're not familiar with the song(s), I'm sure you'll agree when you see the show. You'll be crying HALLELUJAH before you know it.

After all the chanting we had done, when we got out of rehearsal, sure enough, it was raining. Ya gotta love the impact musical theater has on the world!

More to come...

1 comment:

  1. "Whenever Snookie gets ripped from my arms, Paul always lets out a big laugh, taking cruel pleasure in my solitude. Musical directors are such sadists..."

    Can anyone say, "Schadenfreude?"

    ;)

    ~Snookie

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