Sunday, November 16, 2008

Don't worry. There are no pirates.

Rehearsal is approaching and we just recently held another round of auditions to cast a few more men. In the first round, we didn't find someone that everyone agreed on to play Underling, the butler. Also, both of our ensemble men turned down their offer. In addition to the principals, there are 2 male and 2 female ensemble roles as well as 1 male and 1 female swing. Fortunately, we have finished casting these roles and also found some new people for "the file". Just in case.
Only two more weeks until we start play practice. In the meantime, I definitely have my work cut out for me. Our tour will be using 8 musicians, which means that the orchestration from the 1st National Tour has to be reduced. The music supervisor and I have split the show in half and must now re-orchestrate the entire show from 15 players down to 8. My eyes are already burning as if I've been staring at my laptop for the last five years, pun intended. At least there isn't much else to do in Williamstown, PA where I can see the snow flurries outside the window. 
Our band will consist of:
2 Trumpets
1 Trombone
3 Reed players (Flute, Clarinets, Saxes)
Keyboard/Conductor (yours truly)
I'm sure that updates will be coming more frequently in the next few weeks.