Thursday, September 22, 2011

Looking Back on the September 20th Chapter Meeting

Busy rehearsal for the show and lots going on in the hall at Durant.

Show chairman/producer/ticket sales guru/props collector/and guy with the most positive attitude and cheerful approach anywhere, Brian Ammerman, had tickets for sale before the meeting. Don Dillingham and Chuck Powell helped staff the sales tables for the afternoon and evening shows.

After the musical warm ups, Director Joe Cerutti went right to work on the fall show music. Music vp, Terry Reynolds, and Brian helped things move along with some pointers on how the show will flow, and what the actors will do (sort of staging plans) and what the script will be like. (Never fear – it is a corny as any show we have ever done! Our audiences will love it.)

Good to see Chuck McKeever back. (He is back after a health incident (blacked out at home in his kitchen a couple weeks ago) but has gotten all-clear results from a huge list of tests.) He helped with reminders of the chorus choreography for the show songs. And he was thankful for the help from TJ Jones and Chuck Powell at previous rehearsals.

Operations vp, Mark Klostermeyer, conducted the chapter meeting portion of the evening. He encouraged the guys to take care of ticket sales, afterglow ticket purchases, picking up International chorus photos and medals.

Chapter secretary, Chris Buechler, presented a 25-year pin and renewal card to Chuck McKeever, and a 46-year renewal card to Jack Pitzer (YeEd).

Membership vp, Phil Ashford, introduced us to six guests – four are applicants.

Brian just had a few items t: reminder of the 10:30 am chorus call on Saturday; there will be time to get out of the theater for dinner, watch for email from Keith Jones and Sam McFarland about nearby eateries; the chapter could use the names of a bunch more students to give tickets to and fill the seats.

Scipio Garling reminded everyone of the special guest nite on Sept. 27th. There will be special events to welcome them and not overwhelm them. He suggested we should all follow up with the names of prospects we submitted earlier. Be there! Bring some goodies to share too – the cupboard is a little empty.

Brad Jones spoke about filling out the forms for those going to China. He sent out an email with the details. He reports about 143 going from our chapter with about 70 of them being singers. A good number are also coming from Toronto Northern Lights.

After the break it was back to show run-thru. The assistant directors also worked with the chorus on their songs.

We worked hard right up til the 10 pm bell. TJ Jones took us out for the nite and then everyone pitched in to take down and put away or load onto the truck for this weekend.

A good crowd gathered on the outside patio of the Hilton across from the Metro.

It was good to see some guys in the hall that we have missed recently – Dean Rust, Terry Jordan, Martin Banks, Mick Stamps and Craig Odell.

Busy weekend. AND then we need everyone back into the routine of regular Tuesday nite rehearsal as we dig into a bunch of new holiday music for the show.

Great to hear than Dean Martin has resumed his HarmoCast with a new one with Brandon Guyton. Dean hopes to be down to the show from his home in PA.

Until next time – editorjack!

(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week at an Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter meeting. —YeEd.)

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