The final week

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This week sees two extra rehearsals coming up to the performance week. Our regular rehearsal went very well and everyone seems to be on top of it including, actors, dancers, costume, makeup, sound, sets etc. There are a few tickets left on the closing night but I’d say they will go quickly.

Exciting times.



The final week approaches

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A very successful and promising rehearsal gave everyone involved a boost of confidence. Props and set were being painted and assembled, dancers used the stage to map out spacing, and the costume and make up crews were busy fine tuning.
Tickets will go on sale very soon so keep your eye on “The Explorer”

As it comes together

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The blog entries will become shorter and shorter as the moment of truth quickly approaches as everyone shifts into top gear at this very busy time. A brief talk about attitude and application seems to have had an affect the actors and dancers as crew were painting, building and organising. The costumes and make up designs are on track and slowly but surely it is coming together.

Paint and Props

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With 4 weeks to go before opening night, the many people that have working behind the scenes are emerging with a variety of props and set pieces. These creative and industrious people have provided items which will add detail and believability to the script being acted out by the actors and the dancers bringing life to the stage. The make up and costume crews are getting very close to finalising the look and feel of the show through helping create each individual character. Frames are being built for the set and lighting is being designed. It’s all getting close now.

Pick up the pace

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As the weeks heading towards the production slip away, the intensity of the rehearsals grows. More and more is being asked of all involved both students and adults. The set builders, costume, make up, props, lighting, dancers, actors and all those supporting this huge event working behind the scenes. This week saw most of the dance instructors fall ill which caused us to cancel the dance rehearsal but I’m sure that with some extra effort they will be back on track next week.

Creating energy

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Creating energy was the basic theme for this week’s rehearsal. Memorising lines or dance steps is not quite enough so the cast was asked to think about how their scenes could be made to look alive through the way their characters related to others. The dancers began work on a new piece of choreography which is an addition to the main dance and the make up and costume crew continued developing designs and establishing a style for each character. The lighting and sound crew continue to design different scenes and the set design is now complete. Slowly but surely things are beginning to come together.

Post CNY triumph

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Due to CNY, 3 Way Conferences and the like, we were unable to have rehearsals for three consecutive Tuesday afternoons which created some concerns regarding momentum, remembering lines and moves. Those concerns were unfounded as the cast and crew did not miss a beat and continued as if the rehearsals hadn’t stopped. It was obvious that everyone had applied themselves during the break to maintain the standard and expectations that had been set and accepted. Very impressive. It can only get better.

And the show goes on.

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It’s always a challenge to keep the momentum going after the Christmas break however the whole cast and crew persisted with enthusiasm. The actors were tasked with developing some character traits whilst the dancers were progressing in leaps and bounds (ha ha). Meanwhile a very large number of secondary students showed up to be part of the costume and make up crews. Very impressive! We also saw Carla Acepcion, our Theatre Tech, discretely taking notes.



Happy New Year Mr. Toad

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The first rehearsal for 2017 went a lot smoother than expected. Some bleary eyes and jet lagged faces persisted with memorising lines and attempts at injecting energy into characters. The costume and make up crews were busily researching ideas and sorting clothes racks and the dancers were practicing some amazing moves and choreography.

There were a number of students who did not attend school and therefore missed the first rehearsal, which was disappointing for the team, however I’m sure we will be able to make up ground next week.



The last rehearsal for 2016

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The last rehearsal for 2016 went ahead as expected. After moving from the Theatre to the Drama Studio, due to my double booking, the cast went through to Scene 9 without a script establishing some momentum for learning the whole play by day one of school in 2017. I had an opportunity to watch the dancers which showed much improvement and growth from the previous week. This made me realise that everyone had improved across the board. WE are in a good position considering it’s only the third rehearsal with parts and roles. Everyone should be proud of their efforts.

Have a Merry Christmas and keep safe.