Actually the quote goes…
“Apollo be my judge!”
…and it is the final line spoken by the character of Hermione in Shakespeare’s “a Winter’s Tale” (one she desperately utters as she is dramatically dragged from the Bohemian courtroom – after her husband Leontes – calls her for everything bad and takes away her children and leaves her to die… – what a super nice guy!!!)
But enough Shakespearean drama asides and down to our “Greek” muse:
“Dazzling Apollo – God of the Sun and of MUSIC”
…and if MUSIC is the food of LOVE ( as our old friend Count Orsino says in Twelfth Night – oops sorry …Shakespeare again!) then we should gleefully indulge our passion for this melodious Art form and let Verona 2013 for “some part” be called the new “musical” play.
Making your own “Music” to play by – seems to be the one thing that is truly exciting you all about this year’s challenge?!
That and the fact this is a completely “shared artistic experience” for those involved – well maybe not so much sharing for Dragonfly – even though they are on the whole – fitting in “greekly” well so far.
The movement and drama of your performances for Verona 13 are both created from this strange new Musical template you are beginning to live and learn by and the creative sounds that are filling your Spires dramatic islands are both audibly imaginative and quite unique.
“The UNICORNS in us THESPIANS would be proud…”
As Nietzsche the philosopher was heard to say…
(And so sing all of us!!! Well said Nietzsche – even though some of your other philosophies were well strange…)
So…to add to your “musical enjoyment” of this year’s challenge – we have as you know co-opted the talents of both our own musical director – Alan Orr and the exciting new operatic talent of Mischa Pavlov –
Mischa has already been working with the House Music Production groups on vocal technique – and now after returning from a short hol in his Homeland ” Mother Russia ” will be working again with you all (with both complete Houses) – this Friday evening – to enhance both casts’ phonic capability!
We are very lucky to have Mischa as a guest specialist with PACE – he is tipped to be one of the finest new opera singers on the international scene and after completing his postgraduate training this year at RSC in Glasgow will begin his professional career on the Grand Operatic stage.
We want both Houses to experience this new musical dimension – everything is a gift to you and you cannot afford to pass up the opportunity to benefit from Monsieur Pavlov’s knowledge and expertise.
Singing is an “art form”. Many young people this “up and coming” generation pertain to be “singers” but sadly know nothing of the rudiments of voice and breathe!
” Capacity and Control ” as those in the vocal-know understand – is everything – and the sound of singing is not merely something to whack out from your throat – but a musical experience to savour like nectar from the Gods!
Mischa will try this Friday to encourage you to find new breathe strength in your young voices and to add depth and artistic dimension to your mysterious Verona sounds.
A chance that seems inappropriate to pass up?
Unless you are absent (with signed permission of course ) we would expect to “hear” you all at this insightful vocal session – ready to open up and boom loud and “House” proud.
All music should now be in the final stages of show completion. Alan will be on hand hopefully this week to tweak final composition work if need be. Don’t be afraid to ask him for help . He has enjoyed working with you all thus far.
With 2 weeks to go till Verona Day – you should now be getting to grips with the nuances of all your performance work – word of caution to the drama wise – DO NOT NEGLECT your acting VOICES!
Your Voice will let you down if you do not realise that what you say on stage matters in the grander scheme of things here – even if it is just the uttering of one solo line or the full might of an opening – mid or final choral prologue.
Think – like star acting coach ” Stella Adler” says -:
“… that what you have to say – is the most important thing in all the world …and that the whole world must listen – when you speak….”
Already we are “so loving” our movement potential and enjoying whole heartedly our musical freedom – but when it comes down to the acting – we stumble around a bit like lost performance souls looking for an easy branch to hold on to…to just get by with the text we are given…
The lessons of bygone voice dim in our mind…a black hole of acting that sucks us in with: No tone ( no pace, no pitch, no power, no intonation…no…pause…) and no slight RP to raise our acting to High Greek Drama stakes…just the odd word said loud or soft for mis-timed effect or the vain attempt at an emotional delivery.
Voice isn’t hard Firefly but it does take a “good vocal warm up” (pre rehearsal) to prepare for – and it will need a bit of creative effort to understand the subtext of your line and the director’s intention in how you should deliver them.
Voice is the breathe of the actor’s spirit – how big is your spirit for this?
Verona 2013 is ” a play ” – the challenge as ruled is ” words on a page and where you take them “.
Please…please please ….do the Montague and Capulet writing and dramaturgy groups justice and speak the words they painstakingly created with as much musicality and vocal rhythm as you would do a song – with as much attack and passion as you would fling yourself into dance!
The winning of this Verona Cup lies – like any star crossed destiny – in the House who values “all the art forms” on show here with EQUAL merit and who does not prize one over the other.
Hubris bears strange disguises better to be “unanimous – of one spirit” in all you Verona to do.
Then Apollo be your guide in “musical terms” – but the guy below is certainly your judge in a more powerful sense.
He is the God of final judgement and lawful play…
“Zeus knows this is hard… but what challenge isn’t?!”