Titanic Week 9 Rehearsals

So, we’re half-way through the rehearsal period now and we are more or less where I wanted us to be, in terms of what we have covered, so well done to you all and thanks to Hannah P, Margaret and Russell for what you have done already. Hannah P is doing a great job and working you hard with the singing, and I am very grateful to her for her commitment to the show, despite her hectic and demanding career. Margaret continues to be wonderfully creative with the choreography, of which there is a lesser amount required in this show, so do make the most of the dance numbers and give them, and Margaret, your all. It was lovely to have Russell with us last Thursday and I hope that those involved were suitably “Pyjama’d out”.

Our costume dept, are really getting things sorted now and Caroline C is going to visit her contact tomorrow to pick out things to borrow. She’ll be like a child in a sweet shop and hopefully we may have some of those costumes to view soon. Laura M. and the crew are also working well getting props together and sorting out who is doing what. Thanks to Gary, Karen A. and Nick P’s step father for taking on specific projects. I’ve had an initial meeting with Paul S. about lighting and Alex has kindly taken on the preparation of the text which will be projected showing the date, time and location on the ship throughout the show.

Having spoken about other people, so to my thoughts in all this. Barnstormers’ continues to astound me in the talent, enthusiasm and warmth that exudes from it. This was never going to be an easy show to direct, with it’s complex score, the sensitive nature of the story line and of course, the amount of characters and “doubling/tripling up” needed, but all this I knew. When I first saw this show, it had such an impact on me, even though the sound quality was very poor, I knew I was passionate enough to want to direct it. Since the day I found out that we had got the license to perform the show, and after the initial panic, my mind has been a logistical whirlwind of possibilities. How to simulate an 11 storey high cruise ship? How can they get changed in time to another character? How to ensure the tragic story line is deal with sensitively? Could we have a Bridge on a different level with such a small stage and low ceiling? You get the idea, and a director will always have so many things to take into consideration, regardless of the show, so nothing new there. For me, it’s a relatively new experience, having only co-directed before, and I’m actually enjoying it, for the most part anyway! The sleepless nights pondering, endless scribblings, diagrams, meetings, emails and phone calls all become so worthwhile when a scene comes together and it evokes an emotion. I’ve already had quite a few “moments” where I have been so amused or “moved” by the intensity of characterizations and interaction and we are a long way from port yet, so well done and keep it up.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been impressed with how the accents are developing, so don’t be afraid to go with them and get used to how they sound. Also, as I said, you are really working on your characterizations and to help even more, have a look over/research your character’s information, get into their psyche. Think how they would have behaved, their demeanor and how they fit in with the characters around them.

Some of you are memorizing your lines and being able to put your books down for certain parts which means that really your acting can be more animated, so now’s the time to have a go mastering one scene at a time.

I have now decided that we will go ahead with doing a Jumble Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 13th October to help with the costs for this show, so I’ll need loads of offers of help to make it successful. Please let me know if you can help am/pm or both, sorting, selling, in the kitchen, clearing up, taking away left overs etc and it’s first come get the choice they want regarding which stall to be on. I’ve attached a poster for displaying in windows, cars & local shops and flyers to hand around, so please print them off soon. Jumble can be brought along to rehearsals any time now. Crew, please note that this date is instead of the crew painting/preparation day.

Jumble Sale poster        JUMBLE WANTED flyers

I hope that by trying to schedule rehearsals more exactly, it helps you to know when you are needed and when you may leave although as we get further on in, this may not be quite so possible. I know that people have lives and are busy and I do appreciate your prompt time keeping. It is so helpful to me and your fellow actors and means that others are not delayed. Do keep advising me of any holidays/absences asap please, (by email,) as it is a major problem putting together a rehearsal schedule only to find that people are away on the day.

Finally, (you say,) this week goes like this;

Thursday 6th September No Hannah P, Hyder, George or Becky H.

Ruth has very kindly offered to play the piano for us so that we can refresh staging for previously learned songs

5.30-7.15pm   Those who have arranged for early rehearsals with Hannah P to go into the church via the Fellowship Room and not via the main hall please. If you would still like to run through something individually, in a pair or small group, please email Hannah to arrange at hannah.pool@doctors.org.uk

7.30- 8.00pm   All required with me (not pit singers)
Going over 2f – 2K 

8.00- 8.20pm   Jig dance refresh with Margaret. All ladies in this needed, not spectating men though.

8.00- 8.20pm   James and Stephen to work on accents with Bob – Act 1 Scene 5

8.00- 8.50pm   Gary, Officers, Seb & Nick H to work alone on their scenes and learn lines when not needed, under the command of your Captain!

8.20- 8.50pm   All in Act 1 Scene 5 – Lady’s Maid with me to refresh staging of the scene and song.

8.50- 9.05pm   Break

9.05- 9.30pm   Dancing with Margaret all in “Dressed in your Pyjamas”

9.05- 9.30pm   James & Paul with me Act 1 Scene 7 refresh

9.30-10.00pm  All in Act 1 Scene 9 to go over the scene for tomorrow’s run through.

Friday 7th September No Hyder, George, Clare J, Becky H or Beth

Please go and see Paul Harrington to have your photo taken if you missed out before and he will be taking shots of you in action during the Act 1 run-through. Becky K you will need your Darlene costume and photo taken. Russell will be filming for rehearsal purposes and thanks to them both.

7.30- 7.40pm   Paula S & Keith with Hannah P for “The Glinka 1”

7.30-7.50pm    James with me to refresh staging for “Barrett’s Song”

7.40- 7.50pm   Hannah M with Hannah P for “The Glinka 2”  (can the word “glass” be changed to “drape” please as this will be done in front of the curtains)

7.50- 8.15pm   Paula S & Keith with me refreshing staging of “The Glinka 1” & 17b “I Have Danced”

7.50- 8.15pm   James, Ann, Louisa, Matt, Gary, John C, Nick P, Hannah M, Seb with Hannah P for Scene 9 solo parts (as much as can be managed)

8.15- 8.30pm   All in “Doing The Latest Rag” dancing and singing with Margaret & Hannah P.

8.30- 8.45pm   Early break

8.45-10.00pm  Run through of Act 1 -Good luck everyone, give it your all.

Titanic Week 8 Rehearsals

Hello there everyone.

Well, 8 weeks down and 10 to go, so nearly half way through our rehearsal time already. How time flies, and we have achieved so much, but there is still lots to do. Please do make a real effort to learn your lines & song lyrics as we’re nearly into September now and before you know it, it will be time for no books to be used. Next Friday, 7th Sept, I am still planning to try a run thorugh of Act 1, so all will be needed. No doubt it will be bitty, but it will give everyone an idea of how it fits together.

As well as last week’s busy and productive rehearsals, the costume dept were busy forging ahead with getting people’s costumes sorted or ideas for them. Gary, the officers & 3 Kates (for 3rd Class,) don’t panic as we are hoping to hire your costumes. Costume dept have asked if Gary and the officers could please find their own white shirts and black shoes and can all the ladies please source some black shoes with small heels, (character shoes would be ideal,) if you don’t already have them, that are relatively quiet.
I have scheduled in specific slots on Friday for required people to go up to see the costume people, to alleviate waiting around or missing out, so I hope that helps.

We are also doing well regarding props, and thanks to those of you who have offered items for loan. We have some dates booked for the backstage crew to work on scenery/props & painting, and if anyone if available on any of the following dates to give a hand, even if only for a couple of hours, that would be really helpful. You don’t need to be an artist or a carpenter, just willing. Jill & Gordon M. and Julie & Adrian Walker will join us from “stage up” day.

Sat  8th  Sept   1.30pm – 5pm
Sat 22nd Sept       9am – 12.30pm
Sat 29th Sept      10am – 1pm 
Sat  6th  Oct        10am – 5pm
Sun 21st Oct  stage out and stacked pm,12.30-5pm
Sat 27th Oct  stage up and static from then on 10-5pm

We have also booked the 13th October, but I am thinking about trying to fit in an autumn jumble sale, to boost this show’s profits, but more about that later.

So onto to this week and Hannah P is not with us at all but Russell is with us on Thursday;

Thursday 30th August (absences advised-Hannah P, Stephen, Becky H, Laura & Rita)

7.30-9.00pm   Singing with Russell – those who are in 23 “Dressed in Your Pyjamas” plus pit singers
Ruth, Bob, Katy G, Ann, Hyder, Hannah J. Bert, George, Becky K, Paula G, Katy G, Nick H, Rachel J, Hannah T, Natalie, Natasha, Rachael B,
Paula S, Keith, Clare J & Hannah M (2nd class from part way through)
Louisa, Claire F & Laura to learn the song also, to sing off stage with 2nd class.

7.30 – 8.00pm  Staging with me Gary,Seb & Nick P for Act 2 Scene 4 p87-88

8.00 – 9.00pm  Staging with me Seb for Act 2 Scene 8, “Mr Andrew’s Vision

9.00 – 9.15pm  Break

9.15 – 9.50pm  Staging/movement with Margaret for “Dressed in Your Pyjamas” (All those above in the song, unless needed for singing)

9.15 – 9.50pm  Singing with Russell Paula S & Keith (in church please) 7 “The Glinka 1 (Beanes) p28) & 17b “I Have Danced)
(if time) Clare J & Hannah M  7a “The Glinka 2 (Charles)

9.15 – 9.50pm  Staging with me Gary, Paul, Seb & Nick H Act 2 Scene 4 Radio Room P89-90 then Gary, Seb & Nick H Act 2 Scene 4 “The Blame” p91-93

9.50 – 10.00pm Run “Dressed in your Pyjamas”, singing & staging

Friday 31 August (pit singers not required)  Absences advised – Hannah P, Hyder, John C, Becky H, Stephen, Beth, Sue & Rita.

7.30 – 8.10pm  Dancing with Margaret “Doing The Latest Rag” All those who were in it last week

7.30 – 8.00pm  Could Hannah M, Clare J, Keith & Hannah J see costume people upstairs please.

8.10 – 8.30pm  Could Louisa & Claire F see costume people about their 1st class costumes please.

8.30 – 8.55pm  Could Paula G, Becky K, Natasha & Rachael B. see costume people please.

8.30 – 8.55pm  Staging with me – Louisa, Claire, Laura & Matt to refresh 2e, 2f & Act 1 Scene 5 plus Lady’s Maid

8.55 – 9.05pm  Break

9.05 -10.00pm Staging with me  8 “What a Remarkable Age”  & the rest of Act 1 Scene 3  All of those who are in this are needed. I need to concentrate on getting the  chairs and table laid out, so particularly Natasha & Rachael B as you weren’t here when we did it last.


Titanic Rehearsals Week 3

Well done last Friday, we got through quite a lot and thanks for arriving and being ready to start on time and to those who assisted with the moving of the communion table afterwards. This week has been hard to organize because we have quite a few people away, which was always going to happen at this time of year. Can I ask that if you do know that you are going to be away, can you please let me know by email asap so that I can allow for this when I am planning the rehearsal schedules.

A couple of gripes that I will get out of the way first. Can you all please collect, wash and dry up your own mugs, cups, plates etc as I don’t want to be there until gone half 10 each week doing kitchen duty. Thanks to those who always do make sure this is done. Secondly, if you know that you will be dancing, please wear suitable footwear that will stay on your feet.

Ok, that done, now to this week. Hannah P is away so we will not be learning any new songs, therefore pit singers will not be needed.

Thursday 26th July

7.30pm Margaret will go over and run the “Ladies Maid” additional jig dance that will come at the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5, before the dialogue starts.
Those needed are; Louisa, Claire F, Laura, Matt, Rachel J, Becky H, Natasha, Rachael B, Natalie, Becky K, Hannah J, Clare J, Hannah M, Paula S (dancing)
Keith, George, Bob, Hyder, (clapping)
(Hannah T, Paula G, Nick H, Bert and Stephen are also in this but are away)
Those who I have not mentioned have not been put in this due to “doubling up” already.

7.30pm I will work with James on the staging for “6 Barrett’s Song.”

8.00pm I will work with Gary and John C on staging for “10 Cap Lights” (Lightoller, Nick P is away)
and touch on staging for “11 To Be A Captain” with John C.

8.20pm Louisa, Claire F, Laura and Matt to work with me on Act 1 Scene 5 dialogue, (page 40) then staging for “Ladies Maid” song.

8.50pm Break

9.05pm All needed-Margaret will re-run “2e-2j” and make sure that everyone knows when they go on, where they will be and iron out any problems for the Opening Finale.
(apart from those below working with me)

9.05pm I will work with James, Paul B, Becky K and Becky H on staging “2, 2a & 2b”

Friday 27th July

Many of you indicated that you would like to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, which starts at 9pm with a pre run-up starting at 8.12pm, so there will not be a formal rehearsal that evening to allow for this. However, if anyone does not particularly want to watch it and they would like to work on something specific, do email me and I’ll see who’s interested and what I can arrange.

Bearing in mind that we will have had only one rehearsal for two weeks running, that will put us a little behind schedule so it will be “all hands on deck” next week.
Our Barnstormers’ prayer group will meet again on Friday 3rd Aug at 7.10pm and each Friday thereafter for anyone who wishes to attend.

Have a good week everyone.

Beauty and The Beast – Synopsis

Well, what an exhausting but utterly rewarding show run that was! Show week always seems so quick when you’ve spent the last four months rehearsing, living and breathing Beauty and The Beast. I hope that you all enjoyed our performance of Beauty and The Beast and that you will join us for our next performance of Snow White and the Seven Little Men in November.

On behalf of Barnstormers, we would like to thank every single person who came to watch the show, you were all great audiences and we hope you enjoyed watching the shows as much as we enjoyed putting them on for you. If you enjoyed the show then please let us know by signing our guestbook or by telling us in the forums.

We would like to thank everyone who helped us produce Beauty and The Beast in any way. As a treat, keep your eyes peeled, photos of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ will be available soon!

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