A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Friday, December 31, 2010

Midsummer set

Director Gary John LaRosa and Designer Nick Mozak have been encouraged to create a design that has some nod to traditional elements--a beautiful, evocative forest. A musical setting of Shakespeare already provides quite an adventure.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Music Music Music!

Last night, we had music rehearsal with the "rude mechanicals." They are performers from Deltacappella and Riva who are in the voice orchestra and they will come up from the pit for their entrances.

In the picture, TeKay (Flute), Toney Walsh (Quince) and Charles Ponder (Bottom).

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Weather outside is frightful...

The rehearsal period for MIDSUMMER has a holiday break in it. Back here in Memphis, it is lovely southern winter, but a heavy snow on the east coast has made it so the director, Gary John LaRosa and several cast members are stuck, waiting for an available flight to come or come back to Memphis. So the first day after break--scheduled for a major music run thru--is now going to be meagre.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I have a widow aunt

This is a demo of Laura Stracko (Hermia) and John Dooley (Lysander) singing "I have a widow aunt," from the first act of MIDSUMMER. We are now near the end of the first week of music rehearsals. It doesn't have Deltacappella and Riva in it, but it gives a good idea of how the acappella opera will sound like. Laura is a musical theater singer and John comes more from the opera world, but they sound great together! (Note the mp3 player shouldn't autoplay--it shouldn't play until you click it.)

Friday, December 17, 2010

A music rehearsal

Today was the first reading of the MIDSUMMER, or at least the first one where any continuity was attempted. Here is a section from the end of the first act of the play with Helena (Emily Bodkin), Hermia (Laura Stracko), Lysander (John Dooley), conductor Curt Tucker and pianist Stephen Carey. I need a better video camera!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Readthru with the voicestra

Yesterday we had an extensive rehearsal of MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM opera a cappella with the Deltacappella and Riva singers. We the first two acts with comparatively few stops. The singers singing roles in the opera don't have the hardest parts--those are in the voicestra.

Today's rehearsal gave me (and Jay Mednikow, Deltacappella's founder and Artistic Director) the confidence that this project definitely can work!