Right, this is it. Our last week of rehearsals before the show. That means we are now down to just two rehearsals before the dress rehearsal and only a maximum of four rehearsals left before the show!! Yikes!! So please work hard, check all the points below to make sure you don’t miss something and ASK if you are unsure what you are doing!
Everyone is needed at ALL rehearsals from now on. Don’t forget that it doesn’t just affect you if you don’t turn up but it is extremely off-putting to the other members of the cast so please make every effort to attend.
Again the focus will be on tidying up and running the show through each night. Please help out with getting chairs out, band set up and getting to the right places quickly (including listening out for the end of the song before you are on and waiting in the wings to come on with any props that you need). Please bring AND wear the shoes you are planning to use for the show so we can check if there are any problems with them.
Nearly all the props will be available from Thursday evening so if you are meant to bring something on please look carefully for it in advance and bring it on with you. I will briefly go through the items on the props tables before we start. In particular, Wives the pots, baskets etc will be available so please collect them before your entrance for Jacob & Sons. We will try and have some of the material available for those who are “sewing” instead. If you don’t have a prop because there is nothing left for you please tell me at a suitable break so we can arrange this for Friday’s run. Blankets will be available for some of you for Go Joseph so please grab one or use your own (see my earlier email) and don’t mime unless we have run out – we particularly need to sort this as we need to practice you throwing them all off!
Scenery/stage – entrances and exits
The stage and set crew have done an excellent job of getting most of the set finished and fixed ready for our rehearsals this week (big thanks once again to the wonderful team J) Unless you have a specific entrance or exit from the audience (such as the Camel/Ishmaelites or the Guards or Choir and Narrator from the front of stage right) please DO NOT climb on the stage from the audience or use the gap on stage right to get into the wings. Everyone will need to allow extra time to go through the Church and to cross behind the stage during the numbers so you can enter from stage right and/or stage left. This is the best way for you to get used to how long it will take on the night – especially given you have to grab props!
Please be careful backstage. Be helpful and considerate towards one another. Please let people and props off the stage before you attempt to come on!
Please can everyone in the cast bring everything that you are providing for your costume (including shoes) and make sure you see the costume team before rehearsals on either Thursday or Friday evening. Caroline will be available upstairs from 6.30pm both days. Please use the main entrance on Thursday (not the fire exit) as the dance group will be in until 7.30pm and be aware that there is also a meeting for the Church Voyager’s group from 6.45pm so keep the noise down.
In particular, please can the following see Caroline on Thursday before rehearsals to try on all your costumes but specifically the following (please don’t all arrive at 7.15pm – please spread out from 6.30pm):
Seb – Joseph (both Act 1 and Act 2)
Sheila – Brother, Go Jo and Pharoah’s Servant
Paul – Brother, Go Jo & Fat Cow
Ann – Wife, Potiphar Quartet and Pharaoh servant costumes
Rachael B – Wife, Potiphar Servant, Go Joseph, Cheerleader and Corn/star dancer
Bob – Jacob & Potiphar Quartet
Mandy – Narrator and Potiphar Quartet
Ruth – Narrator
Hannah T – Benjamin & Thin cow & Go Jo
Natalie – Benjamin’s Wife & Cheerleader & Go Jo
Bert – Levi & Potiphar servant
John – Potiphar
Clare J – Potiphar’s Wife & Jacob’s Servant
Stephen – Guard (Act 1 and Act 2) & Camel
Becky H – Ishmaelite & Go Joseph
Paula G – Butler & Go Jo costume
Katy G – Wife and cheerleader
Gary – Fat Cow & Brother
James – please can you make sure you visit the costume team on Friday re Pharoah
Everyone else please see the costume team on Friday (unless you can’t get there early in which case please go Thursday or as soon as you arrive on either night) If you don’t have everything please check with them again what you are meant to be providing.
Does anyone have a collection of gold, blue, silver or white pom-poms or shiny wigs? The costume team are still hunting down the pom-poms for the cheerleaders. If you can help please contact Caroline Cadlock.
Pit Singers please bring your “costume” for the dress rehearsal. You will need black shoes, black trousers (or long black skirt) and a brightly coloured top, ideally a Barnstormers t-shirt if you have one. If you have music stand lights you may also find these helpful for the dress rehearsal. Some lights may be available but torches are not appropriate.
Thursday 19 April
At 7.15pm – All Stars & Corn dancers from Joseph’s Dreams (downstairs in Church to practice with Margaret)
At 7.30pm – Everyone please (including Pit Singers and Joseph Choir) to work through & run the show [Choir - finish time of 9pm]
Friday 20 April
At 7pm, Nick and Rachel to work tango
Our Barnstormers prayer group will be meeting in the room on the left at the top of the stairs from 7.10-7.30pm on Friday.
At 7.30pm – Everyone please (including Pit Singers and Joseph Choir) to work through numbers as needed before running the entire show
Saturday 21 April
Everyone will be needed during the course of the afternoon (1-5pm), including the Choir and Pit Singers. Exact arrival times will be confirmed over the next couple of days so please listen carefully to announcements and check your emails for confirmation. Please arrive from 6pm for the dress rehearsal to have time for changing, make-up and photos. Refer to Bert’s email for further details.
Advance notice – please continue to keep Tuesday 24 April free for a full run-through. We are expecting to use this as a complete run which will be the only opportunity some of you will have to practice with your costumes. This will be every bit as important as the dress rehearsal as it will be the first time the full lights and sound will be available so please make sure you are available.
Now is the time to concentrate, make notes if you need to remember something, check with one of us if there is something you are unsure of and get used to using props/scenery etc. Please keep up the hard work and really focus on these last few rehearsals so we can put on a fantastic show.