Singing

Monday 1st September 2016

26/48 & 27/48 Are me Preforming for summer work sharing.

Why and What?

I sang ‘Maybe This Time’ from Cabaret. I was going to do this or another song which was ‘I Don’t Care Much’ from Cabaret. I decided to choose ‘Maybe This Time’ as I practised this song more although I had the issue that the song was originally sang by a girl. I knew this and practise the song with a male version sang by a male cover. I was thinking about moving songs but in the end I kept this song. A few more reasons I decided to not change the song as I felt more emotionally attached to the song and felt I could almost move my nerves to replicate sadness easier rather than perform ‘I Don’t Care Much’ where the energy is more wild and angry.

Thoughts?

I felt I sang the song very bad maybe I should have practised a warm-up before. I also felt I sang flat for almost all of the singing and felt I only really hit the last note. Lastly I got stressed in the moment and actually forgot the words but managed to get help to pick it up again. Overall I felt I have a lot more to show and really wish I could redo this performance. If I could do it again I would warm up my voice and make sure I could actually perform the song I was so scared and unsure of myself that it did not go in my favour at all. Regardless one positive is I made it through the whole song and picked myself up when I lost it. Another would be I managed to learn the words fairly well.

 

Thursday 8th September 2016

Voca (Choir) (Singing)

Voca is a choir I have been in for a long time now just under a year and have been singing as a bass. I would prefer to sing as tenor as I feel as a tenor its harder to pitch and I need more training. Although being the youngest there no one is tenor apart from the teacher. So just moved to bass. It’s not too hard but I would prefer to challenge myself by singing tenor during this choir. A simple note about performance we practise and occasionally we have shows they are not 100% you have to be there just if you are free (so long as you say you cannot come) this works perfect as college needs to take priority. The times 7pm Thursday at St.Johns Church. Currently we was just singing to recap and welcome the new people in the choir. We have just had our first session after the summer holidays. The numbers have rose a lot from roughly 25 to now about 40 people!

Today we started by warming up with ‘Pig In The Poke’ a warmup with simple hand gestures and it speedup each time to keep out minds and voices in gear. We then continued with another warmup ‘Sirens/scales’. Then continued with another warm up ‘Warmup Medley And Rounds;. Finally we then re capped the song and taught the two songs ‘Down To The River To Pray’ and ‘Shenandoah’ both songs weren’t too hard just re capping. I feel occasionally with ‘Down To The River To Pray’ I may have sang a little bit too sharp. Although at times I find it a lot easier to hit high bass notes as obviously i’m younger and baritone so it is easier. We also got told next week we shall look at new songs for a Christmas concert.  Lastly for Voca I have a recording (Im behind the choir master in the video) linked below.

This is us singing ‘Down To The River To Pray’ (Hyperlinked to the left follow to watch)

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Also a link to the Facebook page here (Hyperlinked to the left follow to view)

 

Friday 9th September 2016

Watching Year 2 Performances (Singing/Acting)

Today we started by watching year 2 musical theatre students perform. All of them was very good some was last minute prepared but all was of a very good standard. It is strange thinking they was in my shoes last year and I have already spent a whole year with these people. The most surprising student I saw was Daytona Florian I remember she use to be quiet when she sang but sang it nice regardless she now has a strong kick to her voice and was the only musical theatre student we saw today who sang. Speaking to her and being friends with her specially now as she is the student I do the after college warmup/stretch with. She has similar feelings to me it sounds (I also understand me saying she done surpassingly well may be a bit prejudice as I speak to her more but even some students came out saying well done to her) Although overall I was surprised she was the only musical theatre student we saw today to sing she chose the thing she is least comfortable with and done great! Overall however the standard of year 2 is high and I hope I can gather as much experience and improve as much as they all have.

 

South Pacific

south-pacific-broadway-poster-1949South Pacific Broadway Poster (1949)

Composer: Richard Rodgers

Lyricalist: Oscar Hammerstein II

Book writer: Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan

First show:

1949 Broadway – Majestic Theatre

1950 U.S. tour

1951 West End

1988 West End revival

2001 West End revival

2007 U.K. tour

2008 Broadway revival

2009 U.S. tour

Awards:

1950 Original Broadway Production

Pulitzer Prize – 1950 (Won)

(X10) Tony Award – 1950 (Won)

2001 London Revival

Laurence Olivier Award – 2001 (Won)

2001 Television Film

Emmy Award – 2001 (Nominated)

2008 Broadway Revival

Drama Desk Award – 2008 (Won 5/8) (Nominated 3/8)

Outer Circle Award – 2008 (Won 5/8) (Nominated 3/8)

Tony Award – 2008 (Won 7/11) Nominated 4/11)

2011 London Revival

Laurence Olivier Award – 2012 (Nominated 3/3)

Based from anything? Based off Pulitzer Prize winning novel by James A. Michener “Tales of The South Pacific”

Main Character:

Emile De Becque – Middle age, French planter, love interest for Nellie.

Nellie Forbush – US Navy nurse, love interest for Emile.

Other Characters:

Lieutenant Joseph Cable – young, marine officer

Liat – Young, Tonkinese Women

Bloody Mary – mother of Liat, Island wheeler-dealer

Seabee Luther Billis – entrepreneurial Sailor

Ngana – Emile’s daughter

Jerome – Emile’s son

Captain George Brackett – Military captain of the island

Commander William Harbinson – Brackett’s executive officer

Synopsis:

Act 1: Set on a South Pacific Island during the World War II. A simple love story between Emile and Nellie starts to form. Meanwhile the captain George and commander William think about asking Nellie to find out more about Emile. Nellie then finds out about Emile’s mix raced children and tells the nurses that she is going to end their ongoing relationship.

Act 2: With illness breaking out war goes ahead vs Japan. Also during this time another racial bound relationship forms with Liat and Cable However Cable is undecided due to his parent’s view on people’s race. In the end Mary speaks him through and he is okay with idea. Emile then proposes she realizes it really does not matter and how much politics doesn’t matter. Later on once the war is successful Emile’s children start to even grow and Nellie begins to love the Jerome and Ngana.

Popular Musical Numbers:

“I’m Gonna Wash That Man Outta My Hair” (1958 Movie Ver.) – Solo female song and backing girls and is sung by Nellie. This song is quite a comedic song and is written about Nellie wanting to leave Emile and tell the girls about it. However it has a strangely upbeat nature to it for a song about a topic such as love. I think this is memorable song as it’s a very consistent beat and quite cheery so it’s easy to remember or get stuck in your head.

“Bali Ha’I” (1958 Movie Ver.) – Solo female song and is sung by Bloody Mary. A song all about leaving to Bali Ha’I and taking your dreams an ambitions there and coming to the special island which calls you. Overall a more relaxing song and from the version I watched some very powerful voices to add to the song and not let it sound boring vocal wise.

“Some Enchanted Evening” (1958 Movie Ver.) – Solo male song and is sung by Emile. This song sounds as though the male singer is attempting to woo the women and saying about love and how you shouldn’t let go.

“There Is Nothing Like a Dame” (2001 Movie Ver.) – Group song. Another cheery upbeat song with memorable lyrics. A comedic piece about how a dame is like no other and how they have everything else but a dame.

“Happy Talk” (1958 Movie Ver.) – Female solo song and is sung by Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary is singing about Liats and Cables dreams and refers to their possible relationship. It is a very over romantic song and is very cutesy.

“Younger Than Springtime” (1958 Movie Ver.) – Male solo song and is sung by Cable. Similar to ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ although this song has more strong music and can be heard with ease a lot more. The song is very calming and powerful. Near the end even has a slight backing from girls which almost makes it sound spooky and ominous.

“I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” (1958 Movie Ver.) – Female solo song and is sung by Nellie. This song is more of a powerful love song compared to the rest she uses all sorts of resemblances such as ‘Corny as Kansus in August’ This is sang just after ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Outta My Hair’ And is basically her saying her true feeling towards Emile and how he is a wonderful guy.

How was the musical received?

The original Broadway production was well received and even has the title of the second longest running Broadway musical at the time behind “Oklahoma!” The show is also said to keep its popularity even now, the musical also sends out a strong message about racism.

 

Girl Crazy

girl-crazy-film-poster-1943Girl Crazy Film Poster (1942)

Composer: George Gershwin

Lyricalist: Ira Gershwin

Book writer: Guy Boltan and John McGowen

Choreographer: George Hale

Set Design: Donald Oenslager

First show:

1930 Broadway (Alvin Theatre)

1932 Film

1943 Film

Main Character:

Danny Churchill – Running after girls, He eventually has a love interest for Molly Grey.

Molly Grey – Local Postmistress and love interest of Danny Churchill.

Other Characters:

Tess Parker

Sam Mason

Flora James

Gilbert Goldfarb

Lariat Joe

Slick Fothergill

Lank Sanders

Kate Fothergill

Patsy West

Jake Howell

Pete

Synopsis:

Danny Churchill Jr. father sends him away as he feels Danny is too focused on parties and girls. He then moves to Custerville, Arizona to work at his family’s ranch. He then changes the ranch into a dude ranch moving show girls from Broadway and hiring people to come. Although after a while he falls in love with a local postmistress Molly Grey. Eventually they actually win each other’s affection. Although there is a slight problem with a New York rival.

Some Musical Numbers:

But Not For Me (1941 Film Ver.) – A female solo song, Sang by Molly Grey.

This song is basically about how love is happening but not for her. We know this from lines such as ‘When every happy plot, Ends in a marriage plot, and there’s no knot for me.

Boy What Love Has Done To Me! (1942 Film Ver.) – A female solo song, Sang by Ethel Merman.

From this song it sounds as though she is fed up of being a stereotypical housewife and if wondering if she should leave although she does not know where she should go or what would even happen.

*Note I struggled to find songs that are popular in this musical so I decided to link to a couple of random songs in Girl Crazy.

How was the musical received?

Not a huge amount is written from a slight research however it a sounds as though they are very positive one even referred to it as fresh and ingenious.

Closed on June 6 1931 after 272 performances.

‘Crazy for You’ Musical was actually based off Girl Crazy and even features songs from Girl Crazy.