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    World Premiere one week from today!

    One week from today - October 9 - my musical Rivertown opens.
    I was contacted by the Madison, Indiana 2009 Bicentennial Committee on September 20, 2007 and asked if I would be interested in accepting a commission to compose a 2-act Broadway-style musical for their year-long celebration.

    It has been quite a journey with a lot of ups and downs. The final orchestral score has almost 3000 measures, 21 songs, 28 total musical sections and the pit has 10 players. Well, I hope they do. The cello and oboe player dropped out recently and they start rehearsing Sunday - Thursday. Today I was told that they have found a cello player and are still looking for the oboe player. I suggested they use a synth for the oboe if they cannot find someone - better than nothing. I would borrow a Proteus 2 from Snorlax in that case - thanks Jim if it comes to that.

    Dress rehearsals are Monday - Thursday next week. Initially I had planned to sit through a couple of them, but I have decided against that. You know how dress rehearsals can be and I just don't need the stress. I may go down and test my new Canon HD video camcorder for a short time to see how it works with stage lighting.

    I have dropped in now and then to mainly just get digital stills for the Rivertown DVD I am making. So far, most of what I have heard has been good. Now and then a singer has changed a note or two, but those things will happen. We had a singer who really could not handle his solo, so they are backing him up with singers lit up behind a scrim and it will work.

    I have not seen any dancing and there are some big numbers.

    It is all out of my hands, so I think it will be best to just go to the premiere and see it for the first time with everyone else. After I get introduced on stage and say a few words to the audience, I will go to the balcony and videotape the show to keep myself busy. The next night I will probably just sit and watch the show with my wife and our best friends. I will go to all 6 shows - I have friends and family coming to all of the shows.

    I am, of course, anxious, but I know that these are high school students and anything can happen. They have been working hard and will do their best. I am making a "the making of Rivertown" bonus sections for the DVD that I think people will really like. Going to Madison today to get some scenics and shots of the historic streets and buildings that I will use with voice overs.

    I may post some clips online somewhere later. If any want the DVD, I will make it as cheap as I can for forum members. After the show is over, we will look at some tweaking and see what others think about it and hopefully market it in a year or two. If not - it still has all been worth it for me.
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    Thanks for the update--! I can feel your nerves through reading your post - It IS a crazy time for any show. I think you're doing yourself a favor just staying away, letting the directors do what they can - and then the show will be what it will be!

    "...The cello and oboe player dropped out recently..."

    Burns me up - SOrry to say, musicians in these kind of community shows Always provide the shakiest, flakiest element to the productions. They tend to be extremely uncommitted, thinking of it as just a gig that they can either show up for or not, no sense of how their behavior effects a show. They also are always extremely under-rehearsed, coming in for a few rehearsals in the last week---awful, when casts have worked for months.

    A show in town awhile back done with a live band - OPENING NIGHT--the bass player didn't show up for Act One--why?--because she had another gig, a better paying one we have to assume --I was in the audience wondering why the band was sounding so wimpy, with no solid grounding - that kind of happens when there's no bass. The bass player showed up for Act Two--and gee whiz, the band suddenly sounded pretty good. - The poor singers were straining to hear the pulse of the music in Act One, and they were sloppy as a result. grrrrrrrrr---musicians.

    Anyway---I'm sure it'll turn out great, very excited for you!

    Randy

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    Re: World Premiere one week from today!

    I am really looking forward to your response to opening night. And if there are any links to media coverage, please post them as well.

    Best of luck with it!

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    Best of luck with your show!

    Burns me up - SOrry to say, musicians in these kind of community shows Always provide the shakiest, flakiest element to the productions. They tend to be extremely uncommitted, thinking of it as just a gig that they can either show up for or not, no sense of how their behavior effects a show. They also are always extremely under-rehearsed, coming in for a few rehearsals in the last week---awful, when casts have worked for months.
    I know what you mean amount musicians for these shows. I've played piano in the pit for quite a few shows. Did Brigadoon once and the string players were awful. They wouldn't follow the conductor. In sections with just exposed strings and no piano, they would just fall apart. I had my Proteus 2 with me and ended up layering strings with them which fixed the problem and made it sound much better!

    Jim

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    Congratulations Charles! I'm still hoping I can make it to one of your shows. Hope the bass player shows up!
    Dan Powers
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    Best of luck! Keep us posted on how it goes.
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    Best of luck with your World Premier - WOW
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