It is hard to believe that I am sharing the 9th Princess Shayna Musical journal entry/blog post from director Kim Woycke. Kim was concerned because the cast had been on Spring Break and the rehearsals at Trilogy School of Performing Arts would not be a priority on Good Friday and the 1st night of Passover. I was not able to attend the 4:00pm until 6:00pm on Friday afternoon rehearsal because Jordan and I would be driving to our family Passover Seder.
The students remind me of inscription on James Farley Post Office, which is often mistaken as the U.S. Postal Service Motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.“ Actually, there is no motto.
However, it there was a motto for the cast of the Princess Shayna Musical it would read: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these talented cast members from the swift completion of their appointed rehearsals.“
Kim’s journal entry never fails to delight me. Last Friday, the cast worked on scenes and songs for two Villages in the Kingdom of Kindness Villages and the Brain Colors attributes from the chapters in Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift.
“I wasn’t sure what this week’s rehearsal would be like going in. Due to the Passover & Easter Holidays, I was anticipating that I would have a fairly large number of absent cast members, which always makes rehearsal difficult. However, I was pleased to have a great turnout on Friday. (We did have several absent actors, but we had enough of us in attendance to make the rehearsal run smoothly).
I was really looking forward to the material we’d worked on this week (and next week too!) We are at the point in the book where Princess Shayna visits each of the four Brain Color villages. This week we were to stage chapters 9 & 10 which are Shayna’s visits to the Yellow and Blue villages.
Our first priority was to determine which villages our actors would act in! We have several actors who knew they would be portraying “Villagers” but we hadn’t decided for which villages they would each be responsible. Due to the complexity of costume changes, I had decided that our cast members would be able to each be in two villages. They could be in the Yellow & Green villages, or the Blue & Orange villages. We talked it over as a group, and the students were able to choose which villages they wanted to act. It worked out perfectly, that we were able to take volunteers and still end up with nice even groups.
Once our villages were cast, it was time to focus on the musical material. We had decided early on that each village would have its own song, so I knew that this week’s rehearsal would be very musical. With that in mind, I had taken some of the poems and songs that the students had written and created two song choruses for the students to use as inspiration (one for the Yellow Village, and one for the Blue Village). I then split the cast into their respective groups and told them to create the verses (and edit the chorus if they so choose) to finish the songs. They did great! We have two very clever and appropriate songs for these two villages. We then quickly staged (and choreographed) the two songs and scenes!
We had a very productive rehearsal, and our musical is definitely taking shape. I am looking forward to next week’s rehearsal, where we’ll repeat the same process for our Green & Orange villages!”
Princess Shayna’s musical journey is getting more exciting every week!
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