I am currently directing our school’s production of Pippin. Working with a great creative team of adults, an incredibly talented and imaginative group of students and a great musical work is always a joy. It can also be exhausting a times, but so worth it.
As we are two weeks from opening, we can begin to see the show ready to bloom. So much to do, but so much already accomplished. The rehearsals have gone well, the singing, dancing, and acting get stronger each week. And the adaptability of these kids to changes in concept, choreography, vocal arrangements, key signatures, and schedules is truly impressive.
The band has been working on the score, striving to bring perfect execution so that the singers and dancers have the best accompaniment. And they will.
The stage crew has been imagining, building, painting, solving challenging complex problems, and staying positive and good-natured through it all. They are on lunch break as I type this. That’s right, it’s Saturday and about 40 students will be spending a long day here working on the set, sound, and lighting for the show.
Beginning on Monday, we will begin to put it all together. And the fun will continue.
And through it all, there is learning.
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