Ok, if we had to pick a theme for week three it would have to be “Gay or European”. We started the week learning this hilarious song and routine!
Considering that we are three weeks into a fun rehearsal period, the actual routine is extremely funny and camp, the performances are brilliant (you will LOVE Andy playing the deliciously camp Carlos, and Euan as Mr Argitakos), and the rest of us trying to remember the lines and choreography, all added up to some very silly moments ending in multiple fits of laughter during the whole week.
One of my favourite moments was Cameron fumbling to stay in charge as the hard-hitting lawyer, Professor Callahan, as he kept forgetting his lines, resorting to the word “gay” for every word he could not correctly remember. I cannot tell you how hard it was to concentrate, stay focused and not muck around whilst sitting between Erika and Cameron all day. Anyone who has worked with me will know that I like to be mischievous at times, but it is even more tempting and dangerous working with these guys! With Millsy, Lucy, Ali Calder and Zoe Jarrett, it’s a fun bunch of “interns” at this murder trail!
The other big numbers we set this week were the mega “Legally Blonde Remix” (complete with Mike and the gang burning the floor with their Irish dancing) and the well known and popular “Bend and Snap” scene. Unfortunately I don’t get to be involved in either of these routines, but they look so much fun! Helen Dallimore is a knockout (quite literally) and make sure you keep an eye out for Ed Grey as hair stylist, Kiki – the very excitable Bend and Snap extraordinaire!
On Thursday, we were thrown into a run of the show (minus the last couple of scenes yet to be set) in front of a few guests who popped into the rehearsal studio. Nerves were suddenly upon many of us as our producer, John Frost and a crew from Channel 9’s Mornings watched and filmed us. Cameron’s lovely wife and kids also watched because it was the only chance they could see the show and their Dad as they had to travel back to the States the following day."Wardrobe fittings are always a fun stage of the rehearsal process as it is the first chance to glimpse the final image of your character"
Costume fittings are now also taking place, so it is getting really exciting knowing things are getting nearer to opening. Wardrobe fittings are always a fun stage of the rehearsal process as it is the first chance to glimpse the final image of your character. I know for me the costumes really push my character development and sometimes I never really feel right until I am wearing the cossies that my character would wear. Costumes alter how I feel, how I hold myself, the way I walk etc, so it is great to have certain pieces I can now wear during rehearsals.
Along with the regular skipping warm ups each day, work with the dogs, music and dance clean-ups, dialect and physio sessions, the week rolled on learning and refining the show ready for week four.
The week would not be complete without a series of bevvies. This time it was to celebrate our fabulous Dance Captain, Darren Tyler’s birthday. Ali had baked birthday cupcakes complete with pink icing and glitter. They looked great, which was a good thing as they were gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and… taste-free! (joke!).
Oh, you may be pleased to know that I have finally nailed “Stidwell, Zyskowski, Fox and Callahan”, thank goodness!
Here’s to our final week ahead in the rehearsal space before we pack up and move into the theatre!!! It’s getting close!!