Hello Secondary Characters supporters!
Welcome to our production blog for Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I’m really excited for the show; it’s one of my personal favourites. The upbeat music, numerous musical styles, wicked dance numbers…..and don’t forget a rockin’ Pharaoh Elvis! This year, we’re glad to bring you a production blog, giving you the inside scoop on the whole process, the dirt, gossip, hacked phone conversations…..wait what, we’re not doing British Tabloids: The Musical? Darn.
I’m Thomas Davies, aka the guy who mistakenly said “I can help if you need” to sister/Co-Artistic Director Nicola Davies in the lead up to The Sound of Music. So halfway into the process I became the Production Manager for that show, and I’m reprising the role for Joseph. For those who don’t know, that means I get to coordinate everything that happens off the stage. Therefore, you don’t want to see me on stage in July/August as it likely means that something has gone wrong – and I can’t really sing and dance either!
So what am I doing right now, you may ask. Auditions are two months away, rehearsals three, and the show five – what could there be to do? Don’t tell the bosses, but I was actually just twiddling my thumbs thinking of what to do next, hence the blog.
My life right now is a little bit of each piece of the puzzle: booking rehearsal space, updating the website, bookkeeping, arranging sponsors, buying newspaper ad space. You know, the boring stuff.
My current ‘project’ is setting up the 2013 Confectioner’s Cabaret – our annual fundraising ‘dessert-and-a-show’ to showcase our talented cast, baking skills, and to raise some cash for the year’s production. A little birdie told me that we might see a bit of an Andrew Lloyd Webber theme this year… Keep your eyes (and Facebook news feeds) peeled for a date and more information!
Up next is the first production meeting for the show. All key members of the production team get together to understand the director’s artistic vision, allowing each to move forward with their role. Our amazing production teams spends a lot of time sewing costumes, building and painting the set, and designing the lighting, so we want to give them as much time as possible!
Lucky for you, this is probably all that you’ll hear from me. I doubt we will have many blog entries until auditions and rehearsals, but then you’ll get to hear from some of the cast. We might even throw in some exclusive rehearsal pictures and videos!