Monthly Archives: January 2017

Telling the Story

We had a wildly productive rehearsal today.  The end result is that all of Act I (except for the Finale) is now offically staged! I worked on new material with the quintet for the first hour or so, while the … Continue reading

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“Our Offended Gorges Rise”

We staged two songs at last night’s rehearsal. In the first, a character elaborates on the unpalatable “secret sign” a group of revolutionists must repeatedly give before discussing their plot to overthrow a hated despot. In the second, another character … Continue reading

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Six Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Tonight’s choreography….. Six Steps Forward, Two Steps Back.  Repeat 4 times. Turn Downstage in Canon (one at a time in tempo).  Look Right.  Deflate. Slowly Raise Right Hand/Palm Up.  Thumbs up. Step Downstage onto Right Foot While Lowering Hand. Sing over … Continue reading

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Parallel Structure

There are two similar scenes and songs in “The Grand Duke.” In each scene, a man offers a soliloquy about the woman he loves and the doubts he has about their relationship. In each scene, the beloved woman enters and … Continue reading

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Ding Dong

Last night we choreographed “About a Century Since” and “Strange the Views Some People Hold” — two very different musical numbers. The first includes mock swordplay, some calliope inspired movement, and a little dash of “We are the boys of … Continue reading

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First things First

We staged the opening number tonight.  A favorite moment….. There are many moving parts and the staging was taking awhile to figure out with lots of people in the room.  At one point I said to an actor, “I need you … Continue reading

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Last Things First

2017 is an exciting year for The Durham Savoyards! We’ll present both the first and the last Gilbert and Sullivan collaborations.  “Thespis,” their very first collaboration — to which the score was lost — will be performed October 12-15,  with … Continue reading

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