Today we had rehearsal with Dr. Miller from 10am-12pm at St. Johannes church to go over blocking and review some musical moments. Then there was a short break for lunch, and some of us went to explore Market Street and the multitude of small boutique booths housed by local artisans. After lunch, it was back to rehearsal from 2:30-5:30 in the Sotille Theatre, where the production will open in just over a week.
During the dinner break, a group of us found a terrific falafel restaurant and loaded up on delicious carbs to help us through the final rehearsal of the day, from 7 – 10. This will be our rehearsal schedule until the performances begin – I forsee many catnaps and cups of coffee!
Throughout the day, members of the choir would disappear by twos to have their costume fittings. The chorus is on stage for all but two scenes of the opera, so the rehearsals are labor intensive. On stage with us are six principals and the title role. Kepler is played by John Hancock, a baritone who sang with some members of the Westminster Choir at the United Nations in 2010. One of the other principals, Leah Wool, is a Westminster Alum, class of 1999. All of the six are friendly individuals and skilled musicians – there is not a moment when they are not ‘on’, and it is inspiring for the choir to reach the same artistic heights.