Yesterday was a truly wonderful day. We all gathered early in the morning for some bacon sandwiches before starting a full day of work-shopping. It was a great opportunity to polish some of our more fiddly acting scenes, sharpen up our harmonies with an almost complete band and spend some time perfecting our dance moves. In the evening, we put on a full performance, finally combining months of hard work. Seeing the performance in full costume with the band, lights and sound brought the whole show to life.
So it’s only 3 more weeks until show week! How did that happen? This Friday, our costume department worked tirelessly to enable us to rehearse in full costume and the cast looked sensational. There are still some manic costume changes to work out but it was super exciting to get a glimpse of what the show will look like by the end of February. After our first dress rehearsal, I think we’re all inspired to work as hard as we can to produce the best show possible.
A number of our members are admirers of Charlie Stemp, the actor that played the leading role of Arthur Kipps in the West End ‘Half A Sixpence’, since we first watched him perform in Chichester. His birthday seemed the perfect day to celebrate our wonderful cast and crew. It isn’t long to go until we will performing our version of ‘Kipps: Half A Sixpence’and we are so excited! Here is our very own Arthur Kipps hoping to do Charlie Stemp proud.
Our cast have had another hugely successful week. Thursday’s rehearsal turned into a bit of a workout, as we refined the movement for the end of ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop!’ before quickly moving on to the reprise after a few moments of trying to catch our breath in between. It’s an exhausting but hugely exciting end to the show so we’ve all been building up our stamina in preparation for February. It’s already feeling and looking pretty spectacular!
What a picture! What a picture! Yes, you guessed it. It was finally the week to learn the choreography for the iconic number ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop!’ As you can see, we’ve been working on our photogenic faces and positions to get that all important group photograph. It turns out that it’s harder than we thought to get the perfect picture! One of our favourite parts of this wonderful song are the stories that run throughout it.
We’re officially half way through our rehearsal run and time is just whizzing by! The challenges of Act Two are well under way and this week especially has had us all sweating bucketfuls. Dancing ‘Pick Out A Simple Tune’ has certainly been exhausting but gosh, it’s a fun number! We’ve all been working hard to isolate random body parts and play with spoons, whilst singing beautifully in harmony. I think we’re doing a grand job so far.
I think it’s safe to say that after this week’s rehearsals, we’ve all got ‘Money to Burn – Part Two’ on the brain. This week’s rehearsals were FULL ON – we sang, we danced, we banjoed and the results are looking phenomenal. Luckily, the cast are loving every minute because the energy needed for this number is quite extraordinary. However, we are taking on the challenge with gusto! Who knew that we would all be so good at drinking and dancing in the pub?
Another week has flown by and what a week it was! Exhausting and fun in equal measure, we have been working hard on two of the biggest dance numbers in Act One – ‘Proper Gentlemen’ and ‘Money to Burn – part 2’. The cast have well and truly dusted off their dance shoes and are on top form, pulling out all the stops to produce some impressive partner lifts, banjo dancing and upper class motor driving!
Who doesn’t love a garden party? We certainly do! And that’s been exactly the focus of this week’s rehearsals, piecing together the gorgeous and very classy musical number “If the Rain’s Got to Fall”. The number concludes the end of Act One of ‘Kipps: Half A Sixpence’ at a rather dramatic garden party, leaving Kipps in a bit of an awkward situation. Enthusiasm has been at all time high this week.
Tell me more? Tell me more? Well, ok then! In two weeks, Barnstormers will be on stage singing some of the most popular and iconic songs from musicals such as Grease and Mary Poppins. There will be a number of tantalizing surprises to get you laughing and tapping your feet along with us! There will be performances on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and a matinee and evening performance on Saturday 20th May.