Monthly Archives: February 2008

Grimace and Ham

Tonight we staged "Oh a Private Buffoon is a Light Hearted Loon" and "Hereupon We’re Both Agreed" — along with the scenes before each of the songs — with Wilfred and Point.  There are elements of "bound" and "gagged" in … Continue reading

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Informed Gesture

Tonight we staged "How Say You Maiden Will You Wed" and "’Tis Done! I am a Bride!" with Point, Elsie and Cholmondeley.  Great focused work and meticulous note-taking from all concerned.  Both of these are being approached as "acting" songs … Continue reading

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On the Sidelines

Tonight we staged "When Our Gallant Norman Foes" with Carruthers, the Yeomen Chorus, Wilfred and Phoebe.  We worked on grand gesture and taking up space; as well as precision, unity of movement and hitting cues (i.e. doing exactly the right … Continue reading

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To the Point

Tonight we staged "Here’s a Man of Jollity" and "I Have a Song to Sing. O!"  with Point, Elsie, Phoebe, Wilfred and choruses.  It turned out to be more blocking than choreographing in these songs — although we did work … Continue reading

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Brooms, Buckets, and Rags

Tonight we staged "When Maiden Loves" with Phoebe, Kate, and the Women’s Chorus.  Out with the spinning wheel and in with the brooms, buckets and rags.  We worked on contrasting mechanical precision with fluid dreaminess; and we drew inspiration from … Continue reading

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Mix and Match

Tonight I worked with the Yeomen and Women’s Choruses.  We quickly reviewed "Tower Warders" and then spent the rest of the evening staging "Night has Spread Her Pall Once More."   Good focused work from everyone — and some excellent reminders … Continue reading

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It’s all in the Timing

Tonight we staged "Alas I Waver To and Fro," and "Is Life a Boon?"  We also had time to work the scenes before and after each of these songs.  Among other highlights we experimented with my new theory of teaching … Continue reading

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