“Okay my little Russian dolls – we are ready… for the off!”
Grab your character shoes and character skirts ( girls only!) get your hair off your face and out of your eyes – make up off – jewellery off – – energy up – smiles on – fast drama brains engaged – and we will Mazurka like never before!!!
In case this has left you a bit panto befuddled ( and apologies to first-time pantoers for my jolly hyper tone!) don’t worry – this Saturday will see you launched right into the greatest PACE Christmas show ever and the above “Mhairi rules and drama regulations” will become second nature to you in the blink of a snowy eye!
Saturday 21st September is Panto Team Meeting Day and the start of rehearsals for Mother Goose 2013
You should come dressed in movement clothes and with your correct rehearsal footwear – no jewellery – hair back off face – bring water – a folder for song words and a pen for all those valuable team notes and…. most important of all – :
Bring one fact about Russia that you think is really really really interesting !
Maybe something on your team name ?
Something about the culture ?
A Russian word and meaning of course?
The food ?
The Russian customs ?
Russian superstars ?
The one fact you choose is up to you !!! Don’t leap at the first google fact you find – we don’t need to know population size or landmass statistics – look a bit harder and be prepared to say it with theatrical passion and Russian pride!
We will be spending some time getting to know one another – some time in our teams – some time learning our opening song – Citizens! – some time doing shadow line checks and some time (perhaps if any time remains) blocking the start of the opening number
It is a long session:
5 hours to some is a nightmare – to others a drama picnic in Gorky Park!
Please have eaten before you come – a good breakfast and/or lunch.
We will endeavour to break 2 teams at a time for a quick snack break at some point – bring something for this or bring money to buy yourself something. No food is to be brought into Spires 1 – only water.
Mobile phones should be put on silent and handed to Team Deps at start of rehearsals along with any purses or valuables ( try not to bring expensive things to rehearsals – things alway get lost – this includes expensive branded hoodies and bags – PACE cannot be responsible for this happening – you are asked to leave valuable items at home – wear your oldest gear for rehearsal – this is not a fashion show – it is a Christmas Show!)
Parents can contact PACE reception if they need to get you urgently and a message will be brought into rehearsals for you. Remember to pick up your mobiles and valuables on the way out of rehearsal.
Always make sure you look ready for stage business – that should be reflected in the way you dress for rehearsals.
I like to see you look – fresh ( awake and alert!) – comfortable and theatre like
No out-door accessories – jumpers – cardigans – hoodies – big scarves – ugg boots – gloves – hats of any description – should follow you into the rehearsal room – unless the room is freezing of course – then you will be able to put on something to combat the cold.
It is highly unlikely you will feel cold (unless you are unwell – then you should go home and get better!) – with 140 of you rehearsing in the same Spires 1 space – it is going to get very very warm in Spires 1 – make sure you wear something that is lightweight and comfortable to move in.
Character skirts ( or similar) are useful for this year’s choreography too – check out the look of Mother Goose – in the pictures above – these are the Serf costumes – the Citizen costumes are similar – and you can see girls that the dress is really quite long and that the guys this year are in “breeches and long tunics”.So long shorts may be good to rehearse in this year boys – to give you the feel of the breeches – rolled up joggies would do the same trick – as would a longish t-shirt over them!
This panto is a very long and demanding project – It may appear like it is going to be easy and a loads of fun – but the reaality is very different once the thrill of first team meetings are by – make sure you are ready for what is going to be asked of you during it – even if you think you can do panto – with a blindfold on – hands tied – riding a unicycle backwards!
I WILL EXPECT :-
Focus and a concentration at all times
Consistent Physical and Vocal Energy throughout every performance rehearsals
No socialising within the rehearsal space – team members are to remain with their teams unless asked to perform with other teams or to sit with their shadows.
Creative performance potential – the need for all who take part to grow in confidence from Day 1 to reaching the Arts Centre stage
An understanding of the style of the pantomime in terms of performance delivery – big /bright /brave/ bolshy!
A very basic cultural appreciation of where this year’s panto is artistically set ( Russia). Responding well to the choreography and information delivered to you in rehearsals. Characterising all chorus moves in keeping with the theme of the play.
Good team interaction and working relationships established with all ages and experience level within the choral cast. No one sticking with their friends or not being prepared to listen to – or work with – those younger or older than them.
Respect for Team Captains and for Team deputes at all times. Understanding that these Creative team leaderships know more than you through a much more confident panto delivery technique and with far more practical panto experience behind them. Working with them – learning from them and being inspired by them.
Personal determination to succeed in making this a successful project within the Spires Theatre Scene – you are here to be the best you can be – to make Mother Goose the best it can be – never forget that.
Anyone not reaching any of the creative objectives listed above will be asked to leave the Panto project.
Anyone who needs help and guidance with any of the above will be given support either by Team Captains and Deps or by Pace Panto Tutors – Nicki Reilly and David Duncan.
Everyone within the project will receive a half way performance check by the Panto Director – to see if they are working to their full potential within this project. This will help you move forward towards a better performance level in readiness for the Arts Centre Stage and facign an audience.
For this Saturday’s meeting ( 21st September) – we require notes of any absence you may have during the rehearsal period and or during the performance run. For our administration records this needs to be:
written down in a letter and signed by a parent
We will then look over the absences and let you know if there is a problem with any of the dates from our point of view – shows can only be missed if they are being covered by other shadows – we need to contact the shadows to ask them if they can cover – once we know this for fact we will contact you about you missing that show.
You should try wherever possible not to miss rehearsals – there is a practical reason for this – things move incredibly quickly in panto and missing a rehearsal can throw you back in terms of choreography – it also presents problems for your TEAM as they have to rehearse without you and that is difficult – if chorus member sizes are different.
If you are unwell – you must contact us immediately at PACE – we need to know where you are at all times when a member of this cast.You can’t just not turn up – if you miss more than 3 rehearsals you may be asked to leave the panto cast – this is at the discretion of the PACE panto director.
All absence letters for the foreseeable future should be handed to Colleen at PACE RECEPTION this Saturday( 21st) – thereafter they should be handed to the panto tutors ( Nicki/David) who will be present from Saturday 29th September in all rehearsals.
As the panto artistic director my job is to get you to a professional performance standard – you may speak to me at any time about problems you may have to do with the acting vocal and movement delivery of your performance – but you should go to the Panto tutors when you need to know practical rehearsal information – times/costume details/absence/shadow difficulties)
You will soon feel less overwhelmed by everything that is listed above – like anything you need to know the ground rules – so as to know how to pitch “perfect” your performance – when stuck for answers – go to your Team Captains or Deps – they have been doing this for years and are very very good at it – they know everything there is to know about ” HOW TO SURVIVE A PACE PANTO!”
Despite what you may think – it will be fun – it will be fantastic and it will be the best 3 months of your 2013 drama life.
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“Right …ready? Well…Climb on board our Russian Sleigh – pull that warm cosy rug of panto love over your body and lets hit the snow running….”
Giddy up Rudolphski – Here we go….
See you Saturday