Archive for February, 2011

Week 1 Schedule

February 27, 2011

Singin’ in the Rain Rehearsal Schedule Week 1

Please make use of this week of dance rehearsals to familiarize yourself with the script and your role.  All actors will be off script by March 23rd at the latest.

Note: If you happen to own any of the items we’re looking for, please consider loaning them to us for the run of the show: Prop List

Monday, February 28

3:45-4:30 Choreography Round Table—Those interested in working on choreography and anyone in a dancing sequence in the play is invited to this working session.

4:30  Open-ended creative meeting–for all interested in discussing the design of the set, costumes, light, sound, etc.

Tuesday, March 1

No meetings scheduled / Leads: Possible Music Rehearsals with Mrs. D.

Wednesday, March 2

3:45-4:30 Beautiful Girl Choreography

4:45-5:30 All I Do is Dream of You Choreography

Thursday, March 3

3:45-4:30 Fit as Fiddle Choreography

4:45-5:30 Good Morning Choreography

7:00  Mandatory Parent Meeting

Friday, March 4

3:45-4:15  Full Cast and Crew Meeting (Contracts Discussed)

4:15-5:00 Moses Supposes Choreography

5:00-5:45 Make ‘em Laugh Choreography

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We have lift off. . .

February 25, 2011

Thanks for coming to today’s meeting.  If you were unable to attend please e-mail me to catch up on what you missed.  If you’d like access to play info. and planning on the show’s blog, register for a user name at wordpress.com (it’s free and you don’t have to start a blog of your own).  Then send me and e-mail at dhefko@hcps.us with your user name.  I will then be able to give you access to the documents and discussions related to the show. 

Look to this website over the weekend for info. about rehearsals for next week based on the info. you provided at tonight’s meeting.  And feel free to respond in the comments section here or via e-mail with any questions.

Cast & Crew Meeting on Friday, February 25 @ 3:45 in Rm. 402

February 23, 2011

At today’s creative meeting we began a discussion about the various aspects of the show’s design and technical requirements that will continue online.  The online site is currently private.  Send me an e-mail to get access. Please reserve the comments portion of that blog for serious suggestions, questions, and conversations about the production.

Singin’ in the Rain Cast List

February 21, 2011

Thank you to everyone for your interest in Hanover High School’s production of Singin’ in the Rain!

The first full cast and crew meeting will be held on Friday after school at from 3:45-6:45. We will discuss expectations for the show, contracts, rehearsal schedules, etc.

A meeting for those interested in working on creative elements of the production such as choreography, costuming, artistic design, set building, lighting, sound, and other technical components of the show will be held on Wednesday after school beginning at 3:45.

A key to the cast list:

Initials indicate a singing/dancing role in the following ensembles:

YSOD=You Stepped out of a Dream

AID=All I Do Is Dream of You

BG=Beautiful Girl

BM=Broadway Melody

Those performing in the pieces described above will have regular dance checks.  If you fail to learn a dance, you’ll be removed from that number.

Actors understudying the lead roles will perform in the leading role for the Saturday matinee performance.

A few remaining minor roles (with and without lines) will be cast during the rehearsal process based on attendance and dedication.

And now, in honor of my wife’s birthday today. . . click here for the Final Cast List.

Cast List to Be Announced This Evening. . .

February 21, 2011

The cast list for Singin’ in the Rain will be posted to this site between 8 and 10 p.m. this evening.

“You’re every thought, you’re everything, you’re every song I ever sing”

February 20, 2011

You’re really going to hate me for this, but I’m still unable to post the cast list.  There are a few problems that we still need to figure out, and I’ve been unable to get in touch with Mrs. D to finalize these decisions.  I know this is very frustrating for all of you, but please get some rest, don’t stress, and know that, as Kathy and the girls sing, “All I do is dream of you the whole night through.”

Brief Casting Update

February 20, 2011

We still hope to have the cast list posted this afternoon, but it’s looking like it will be later this afternoon rather than sooner.

Let me explain part of the complication.  The script, unfortunately, is rather sloppy in a number of ways.  One of many examples is that the cast list in the script indicates that there are 27 roles with speaking lines and simply indicates that the rest are “Members of the ensemble with non-speaking roles.”  The problem is that some of the characters listed don’t have lines, and many who are not listed do.

In fact, there are approximately 77 distinct individuals in the play, 51 of whom speak at least 1 line.

In addition to these 77 characters, there are 15 different groups of indeterminate size (from sword fighters to show girls)

Finally, there are 5 different groups that sing and/or dance as ensembles.

On top of all these complexities, we are looking at casting understudies for a number of roles in the play.  These understudies would be prepared to take over for the lead actor in the event of illness, breaking of contract, lack of preparation, etc.  But we would also like to give the understudies (assuming they themselves are prepared) a Saturday matinee performance, so they would be guaranteed at least one performance before a paying audience (which means adding another show to the run).

We also have a director and musical director, which creates the need to collaborate and communicate about the singing roles in particular and the understudies for those roles.  Technology and availability have gotten in the way of that communication.

All of this is to say, thank you again for your interest and patience–this is a very time intensive, complicated, and harrowing process.  We are eager for it to be over just as much as all of you are!

No Cast List. . . Yet

February 19, 2011

We know that this waiting period has been hard for all of you–it has been a very difficult process for us.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to announce a cast list tonight (Saturday).  So. . . get a good night’s sleep, and don’t bother checking back here until tomorrow afternoon.  That’s the absolute earliest we can hope to have the final cast list posted.  Thanks again for sharing your many talents with us. . . and for your patience.

Thursday Call Backs for Singin’ in the Rain

February 17, 2011

We will hold another round of call backs Thursday afternoon from 1:30-3:30 for the roles of Kathy, Lina, Don, and Cosmo.  If your name is listed below (order is alphabetical), we would like to see you again.  Please be prepared to perform the materials you prepared for Monday and Wednesday for the character(s) whose name you are listed below.

Make-up Auditions for Kathy and/or Lina

Emily Blunt

Summer Goins

Kathy

Ashleigh Dickerson

Maggie Mayes

Kristin Wilson

Lina

Ashleigh Dickerson

Allie Waller

Don

Aaron Frisbie

Jake Lee

Roi Sprouse

Cosmo

Austin Nuckols

Austin Riley

Fox Showalter

Thank you again for all of you who spent time preparing for call backs and shared your talents with us this evening.  If you didn’t receive a second call back, we anticipate being able to offer you a role elsewhere in the show.  Details regarding casting for these roles and further call backs, should they be necessary, will be posted to this website as soon as they are available.  Thank you for your patience and for your interest in musical theatre at Hanover High School.

Call Backs for Kathy, Lina, Don & Cosmo are Tomorrow

February 15, 2011

If you received a call back notice for the role of Kathy, Lina, Don, or Cosmo, click on the link below for detailed information about the format for your second audition:

Call Back Format for Singin’ in the Rain Auditions

Please read this document carefully.  If you have questions before tomorrow morning, please e-mail me at dhefko@hcps.us or you may stop by before school or between classes during the day tomorrow.

A link to extra copies of the monologues can be found in the post announcing auditions.

A video of the dance steps you learned for the first audition will be available for review after school tomorrow.  If I’m able to get it uploaded to the web, I will update this post with a link.