Monday, September 21, 2015

Looking Back on the Sept. 15th Chapter Meeting

This week was our dress rehearsal combined with a tech rehearsal and stage blocking for the Icon Show on the 19th  at Schlesinger Hall.


Greg Tepe was making things flow.  Show creator and choreographer Carlos Barillo worked with the chorus and the small groups to know the flow and understand their time on stage.  He also worked with individual characters for the show.


Our sound, lights and stage crews combined with the theater crew and worked on those aspects as it relates to the huge stage.  This was the first time the Harmonizers have been back to Schlesinger for years.  We used the hall for our major shows starting in 2002 for a few years – we were one of the first groups to use the facility. 


Musically director Joe Cerutti and associate director Tony Colosimo did warm ups for the chorus.  Tony worked out in the audience to check sound and delivery of our music to all parts of the hall. He also worked with the smaller ensembles. At one point the uniform team did a check for the outfits for the third act and offered suggestions to a few guys to add more variety to the overall look. Robyn Murane helped with this too.


Before rehearsal started on stage, Chuck McKeever met with a few guys to help brush up on visuals for a couple songs like “Thriller.”


Joe was so pleased with the singing (and with the patience and good riser discipline) that he canceled the Thursday nite rehearsal.  He did point out a couple spots for folks to work on before Saturday.  The bass section leader Tom Jackson asked the bass singers to come at 10:30 Sat morning for some spot checking.


The new call time for Saturday is 11 am on stage to practice - not dressed in uniform. We are not wearing make up for this show.  We will wear the tux for the first act, the black suit and tie and hidden button shirt for the second act, and the picnic outfits for the third act.  We will wear our bronze medals. We will wear pocket stuffers.


President Terry Reynolds promised a detailed email to come with uniform info, report times, parking details, and other jobs that need help on Saturday.  The FRIENDS IN HARMONY are providing coordination for pre-show and intermission sales of merchandise and refreshments.  Many volunteers are need for this project. 


After rehearsal, we moved our risers to back part of the stage as well as our props so the theater can be used on Thursday nite for a concert.


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 during the 67th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.

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