It’s the summer holidays (for some, every time I’ve updated the other half on how far away summer is, he’s said ‘Yeh for YOU!’ 😂 Sorry hun 😂).
Nevertheless, summer is definitely upon us, which means rehearsals for Rock of Ages have been put on hold. And, although I wasn’t at the last rehearsal because of work, from what was happening the week before, the show seems to be in a good place! We’re making our way through the show from the beginning, rather than jumping between different scenes which means we can all really get to grips with how the show is going to work, and see it take shape.
Ed Leigh (as Lonny Barrett) and company rehearsing for the opening number
Rehearsals have differed between singing with our Musical Director, Jim Lunt, and floor rehearsals with our Director and Choreographer, Louise Denison.
One of the first lessons the dancers learned (and I know I mentioned it in my last blog post before my HSAP posts started)…KNEE PADS! Knee pads are our friends in this show 😂 After the scrapes and bruises that followed our first rehearsal setting the opening number…Yeh. It was not pretty 😂 Totally worth it mind you, we are LIVING.
The biggest lesson learnt in singing rehearsals (apart from when in doubt, rock it out) – is that we have the most incredibly talented cast, we really do. And I’m not the only one to say it. Our principles are insane, its such a joy to sit in rehearsals and hear them belting out those anthems we love so much. If you don’t come to the show for anything else, please just come to hear them sing. Coz it’s SO good.
The company in rehearsal with our MD, Jim Lunt (not pictured)
I don’t know about the rest of the cast, but I’m already eager to get back into rehearsals and carry on powering through. There’s such a good vibe with the company and coupled with the amazing show we have, it makes for an incredible few hours on Tuesday nights.
My plan, seeing as we don’t have ongoing rehearsals to report on, I’m going to introduce you to the cast 🙂 I gave you a bit of a show synopsis last week, so you’ll be able to put faces to names, learn more about the characters and the wonderful people playing them. AND you’ll get to see more rehearsal photos too, so you can have a nosy at what we’ve been getting up to! First up, our lovely leading lady.
Beth Stevens as Sherrie Christian
So watch this space, I’ve already had our principles fill in a questionnaire, and some of the responses are guaranteed to make you laugh…so they’ll defo be worth a read!
Sending love to all at HSAP, have a lovely summer ♥
Until next time…