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This week has been filled with rehearsals, stage prep, begging for volunteers, prop-making, etc. This is my third year co-producing. And each year it seems to get bigger and better. Every year I think, wow, wouldn't it be great if we could do a big group number at the end to tie it all up? And this year, when I spoke it out loud, Wendy [the originator and co-producer] jumped on the idea with more enthusiasm than me! Within seconds we had our vision.
I have to say - two months ago, when it was just the two of us talking about this over a hot cup of tea, it sounded A LOT easier than it really is! Have you ever tried to work with 30 kids on a stage all at the same time? [me neither]
So, no thanks to me, we've had three times as many rehearsals this year and they run about three times as long. HA! Not only are they "lip-synching" but they're learning some major blocking that Wendy sprung on us last night. HAHA! Three hours of, "Can we have a break?" and "My feet hurt." and "Can I call my mom?" And that was just ME! You shoulda heard the kids!
I'm not much of a choreographer so I'm the lyrics-person. We've split the kids into small groups so each only has to remember about 4 lines of the rap - plus the chorus. They all look at my face when they want to remember their lyrics. [You understand that means I need to know this entire song. Printed on paper, it takes up two whole pages.] They sing the chorus louder when I raise my arms. They paste smiles across their faces when I draw a big U in the air. At the same time, they're listening to Wendy and her "5-6-ready-go's!"
It's really cute and I'll admit, it is fun... but it *is* a pain in the ask-me-later when it's all over!
The show is Saturday night. It's a contest so we've got "celebrity judges" ready to break their hearts! That's always the hardest part. But this year we have great participation awards for all of them. And I think the group number helps with the camaraderie. I'll let you know how it goes!
More about PROJECT #2 tomorrow [I can hardly wait]