Notes: Make sure to notice the schedule in RED regarding Saturday
Hey everyone....Great job, again, today. Everything is going to come together and when it does...it's going to be a truly wonderful show...Here are some quick notes from today’s rehearsal...
Opening... - The two soloists who are doing the call and response section with Rafiki...You may want to move two steps toward the stage on your platforms so that you are lit. - Giraffes: Much better with the angle of your heads! - Lionesses: Be sure not to rush those changing tendus...being all together (and on same foot) is more important than speed. Lioness Hunt... - Hunter, I already told you, but as a reminder...keep that front leg a tad bit more bent in attitude on all gazelle leaps. - Lionesses: Better today with applying the arms that we worked on to ensure heads don't fly off. Still just a couple moments where we weren't the same. Be sure to go over that section together during some down time. - Young Simba/Nala - You are mic'd but you may want to project a little louder at the end of the hunt since the lionesses are still singing while you have your dialogue. Be Prepared... - As Bryan and I mentioned...there are still some legs not going up on the count of 1 in the "soldier section". Everyone MUST be the same there. - This whole number looks amazing now that we have the set, the costumes, and you can dance on different levels. - BONES: More strength in your movements, especially your arms. This whole section should be danced angrily. - BONES: Make sure you are working your arms, in fists, during the kick, kick, ball change section (at the beginning) - BONES: Make sure not to let your character go, or to throw away any of your steps that are there to simply travel/change formation. You should "stalk" and be on the prowl on all runs. - BONES: Make sure you get to straight lines (facing each other downstage to upstage). They have been staggered to say the least. - BONES: Sorry I'm giving you so many notes :) - BONES: Two of you, I forget which, have a coupe' turn into a tilt jump...make sure you connect that foot to the ankle, and turn out. - BONES: You have an actual pelvic bone on your costume. Make sure its facing downstage left (the corner) and not straight front on your hinge hold all the way to the floor. Stampede... - Much better with the beast heads. Still...the more exaggerated the better. Mufasa Mourning... - Chris: Breathing much better/not so obvious. The lighting helps a lot too. - Lionesses: Once you arrive around the platform/Mufasa...the arms can be bigger. Think up and over with the claws to really engulf his body, now that it is higher on the platform. Shadowland... - Lionesses: SO much better on the upper body roll AND on the backwards exit. Whatever you did today...KEEP IT. "Weeds"... - The tableau around Timon, Pumba, and Simba (when they sit and relax) looks GREAT. - I hate to say this...but because you have no head pieces to designate you as weeds...you may want your poses and "drapage" to be a little higher...around head height. Just think how toned your arms will be! - Hunter: All of the ladies are holding their fabric around shoulder height during the slow walks and the side, cross, side, ball changes...They've taken the Vegas show-girl thing to heart :) So lift your fabric higher to match them. - When you get to make your exit...don't just peace out. I know you have a quick change but try to stagger your exits slightly and also TURN off, don't just walk. Endless Night... - Nick: AMAZING JOB. You remembered the blocking perfectly first try...and the urgency on all of the "you promised you'd be there"...plus the drop to the knees is great. I think having the definite blocking helped because it was also the best you have sung the song too! He Lives In You... - MUFASA FACE: Great job...you got the face there both times at exactly the right time, and it looked good too. Don't change a thing, the lights will be there. - Center Chorus/Flashlights: Great job on entrance...Don't sway...Turn lights on after dialogue on the word "he lives in YOU"...Then, sure enough, turn them back off on the YOU that follows your lifting them up on "Reflection". - Retrieving the flashlights and getting them offstage seemed to work perfectly. THANK YOU. Fight scene... -Lions: Remember the chasse' lifts I spoke about in yesterday's notes??? Today, it looked as though 3/5 of you had the arms up and behind the ears (claws) like we do to ensure they don't fly off. Let's go with that for arms. - Hyenas: Make sure you stay in character (act like hyenas) as you chase Timon and Pumba off...don't just casually jog. - Hyenas: There was a section where you separate from the lions and travel in a clump to stage left for a dance section. That section was off. Try to get together and go over that (if you even know what I'm referring to). If we have time I'll look at it with you. - Hyenas & Simba: The Hyena beating looks great. Remember the more you beat yourselves up the stronger Simba looks which is what we want. GENERAL NOTES... - Make sure you all "find your light". You have to go to where the lighting is at the top of each scene...This may mean coming a couple steps further onstage/downstage etc... - Each day there will be a "dance call" which will work around your Hair/makeup/costume/mic calls. I'm going to tentatively set it for an hour prior to curtain. So, for example, tomorrow's dance call would be at 6pm. This will consist of a warm-up/stretch. The "Elite 8", and probably all dancers in the fight scene should DEFINATELY warm up each day. EVERYONE is encouraged to stretch however, since 90% of you have to kick your legs up pretty high at some point. After stretching...E.8. you need to walk through BONES so it’s fresh in your minds. E.8. - decide amongst yourselves who he leading warm-up for each show.
- Saturday there will be a short rehearsal both prior to the matinee, and prior to the evening performance as we will be missing one dancer that day in each show. The changes will be simple and mostly involve spacing....The calls for those rehearsals will be as follows... Saturday 12:45: Everyone that forms the mountain which Young Simba climbs, the 9 dancers that are in the fight sequence (yes nine that day), Josh, Nick, Brynne (sp?) Saturday 5:45: Nick, The 9 dancers involved in the fight scene
THANKS GUYS!!! Tomorrow is going to be great. Be ready to work hard all day tomorrow so that tomorrow night will be a breeze, and a great success. ~ Christian
REHEARSAL NOTES: 5/17
Hey everyone! Great work the past couple days...everything is starting to come together. I wasn't sure that we would ever get the time to have a note-session so here are my notes that have accumulated over the past few rehearsals (dating back to last Friday). I may have already given a few of these notes and/or some of these issues may have fixed themselves...BUT...it can't hurt to reiterate them! Here goes... OPENING... - Cheetahs: Continue to work on getting those arms in sync and don't diminish the amount of movement now that you have the sticks in your hands. - Lionesses: Be sure that you all agree as to which count you begin your Tendus begin and which foot is forward first. - Lionesses: Remember our "home base" foot position is always 5th position - Right foot front. This applies always, especially at the end of the hunt on your unison line to Simba. - Gazelles: Strong wrists to keep your gazelles upright. - Lionesses: Be sure to keep your focus forward (downstage right) and then up to Pride Rock. No cheating to watch each other. - Gazelles: Much better on timing of your entrance (double attitude leaps). Now do the same in the finale! - Lionesses: Be sure that you cross the front of the stage leading with your left arm on your entrance...this will keep your faces to the audience. Grass... - Boys: Make sure you all agree on where your feet are after entering to your downstage line (the majority of you had your feet together) - Girls: Much better with your focus and eyes during dialogue. Sloooooowwww sways :) Lioness Hunt... - We forgot all of the arm changes that we took time to rechoreograph so that you felt better about your head-pieces. Please go back and review the arm changes - Remember the change...SINGLE pirouette - Once again...5th position, right front on "So, where is this..." line to Simba Can't Wait To Be King... - Great energy...keep it up. - Don't come up from slapping the floor early in the beginning...and slap the floor hard enough that we can hear it over the music. So, in summary...MORE SLAPPING!!! - Don't hit your ending poses until the very last beat of music, and when you hit it...hit it hard! Be Prepared... - Hyenas: Get as slow as possible on walks before you pop up to passé position (with the claw reaching upward). Bend the knees and back. - Hyenas: Keep up that intensity and sharpness that we had going during "soldier section" rehearsal the other day. Remember leg is up on 1. Remember the head we added and that we took the circular leg drags out. - Thanks for adjusting to holding the masks...it will make your life easier in the long run. - BONES: Please take time to go back and remember all of the counts and details we had ironed out in the studio. We will try to find time to run that section, even if it’s in the hallway, a couple times tomorrow. Stampede... - Looks even better with levels and having a second line on the floor now. - Remember the small changes we made to make room for Chris (mufasa) as he enters - There is no such thing as too big when it comes to the movement of those wildebeest heads. The bigger the better. - Think of working in a wider base...closer to second position anytime you are a wildebeest...much like you all exit this scene...kinda like a crab walk. - Don't turn heads and peek at people next to you...despite big heads you're holding, we can see you...use peripheral vision. Shadowland... - The attitude leg lift hold/pose was great Friday and almost off of "probation"...but today it was a mess with several legs dropping early...one more chance - The 4 count exit steps in the staggered line...the ones you do as you back out of the scene. GREAT on Friday...a mess today. This, coupled with the previous note leads me to believe not everyone is really internalizing what we fix. You need to spend the time thinking through the stuff that didn't happen naturally perfect the first time and make it second nature. - Please wait for the upper back circle and be sure you are all doing it at the same time. Can You Feel... - Weeds: Go over glisade section -> Stalker/creeper moment -> backing up with walks/drags. That's the only messy section - Timon, Pumba, Simba, Nala: Perhaps move your whole scene (nala simba wrestling and after) downstage? You are very close to posed weeds and it looks crowded but you have the entire downstage area to use. - Weeds: After song...don't all leave at once. Peel off 1 or 2 at a time and leave slowly as Simba begins his scene/song He Lives In You... - Really great...especially now with MUFASA FACE coming together... - Remember to hit every "reflection" pose really strong. Same thing for each individual pose you all hit during the domino section. Hit it sharp. Battle Scene... - Simba/Emily: You may have felt like you were late during the Hyena beating but it was perfect. Finish the throw by the head no matter what...Emily will scurry back to the crawling back as they approach stage left. - Speaking of which...the Hyena beating was AWESOME. - Lions: What in the world are your arms on your sideways Chasse - Leg lift (in second) Are they circling slightly above your heads? Everyone was different. Talk it out, or take a vote or something :) General Notes... - Watch Sight Lines...we don't want to give any surprises away. For example...you cannot have your butts sticking out of the curtain in preparation of your backwards skitter entrance (lionesses, Abby, haha) - Not choreography BUT...diction, even if you are doing a silly character voice, is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. 90% of this story is told in song so you have to make each lyric and every line very clear so that people can follow the story (in case they've never seen Lion King) - Great job, again. If you get to rehearsal and have a moment where you are just waiting around...REVIEW THINGS...and also be sure to sign my show poster that I'll have with me if you haven't already!!! THANKS!!!! ~Christian