I realize that it's been a while since I last posted. Every time I've tried, something has come up. Therefore, here I am now, and I have a lot to catch ya up on.
We have finished blocking the entire first act as of last night, and let me just say...this show is going to rock and/or roll the entire evening. Everyone sounds amazing, and seeing the designs for the set has made this whole experience even more real for me. I'm going to be the second person ever to play the bass Whiffle (he doesn't have a name in the script, but you can call me Brad). As we block and rehearse each scene, everyone is bringing their own little tweaks and perks to the material. We are essentially creating a new(ish) work the minute we step out on the stage, and I wish I could just watch it happen. Happily, though, I am a part of it. :D
A few of my favorite bits about this show (so far)
5. Ryan and Taylor killing it every time they do "I'm Infected"
4. Ari singing "Jukebox Jamboree". He hits it, rubs some funk on it, then hits it again.
3. Singing that awesome doo-wop background to "Girl, Can I Kiss You?" Still my favorite song to sing in the entire show.
2. The Teardrops...period. I honestly think they are going to stop the show several times in the first act alone.
1. Being a Whiffle. That's the simplest way to put it. It's been a long while since I sang some honest-to-goodness 4-part harmonies. This is what I was raised on; what made me want to join St. Matthias Choir (and be the only boy for the longest time); what made my 4 years at DeSmet worth it: being able to sing barbershop/doo-wop/4-part anything. It's my destiny, much like Lenora is Cry-Baby's destiny.
.5. Terrie singing "Screw Loose"/just being Lenora. She's that good.
As I said before, my Whiffle name is Bradley. That's not all though. My prisoner name is Hugh, and my Drape name is Terrence (many thanks to Dupree for the name). More on this to come.
Along with the blocking rehearsals, Robin has been teaching us some killer choreography. I know for a fact that it nearly killed me the first time...'ahem'... Bad joke aside, I haven't danced this hard in the longest time. I would greatly advise everyone to invest in Bayer aspirin til the end of March. Their stock might be rising some. After watching myself in the mirror, and some of the dance videos, I don't know how the hell my body is doing some of the things it's doing, fucked up knees and all. (For those that haven't noticed it before, my natural stance is first/second position. I like to think I'm a little duck-footed). Now all that needs to be done is to practice til the cows come home.
Well, I must get going, so I leave you with my new favorite rockabilly song. Have a great night.
PS: I thought of this earlier last week, but Terrie put this song on her blog earlier, reminding me of it. One of the all-time great doo-wop songs from the 50's. First, what Terrie posted
This is what the Squares would listen to. Perfectly acceptable in its own way. Now the next version, the original version from 1954 by the Chords. I believe this would be the Drape version. Your thoughts?