May 16, 2012

We had some fantastic rehearsals today.  I started off the morning with a costume fitting– it was a bit of a hike from our dorm to the Dock Street Theatre, but my fitting partner and I had a nice walk down some quiet Charleston streets.  The costume crew was incredibly exacting – jackets and skirts were pinned with precision, and if anything was too tight or too loose it was altered or noted – so important to have everything look great on stage! I have to admit that I am really excited to wear a chain-mail hood on stage with 39 of my closest friends.

Knights in the dressing room. (Left to right: Madeline Healey, soprano; Elizabeth Hermanson, alto; Katy Lushman, soprano; Mary Hewlett, alto; Allison Miller, soprano; Maggie Montoney, soprano)

In one particularly frightening scene in the opera, we are a hoard of holy warriors, and the effect in rehearsal is quiet terrifying.  It will be exciting to experience the heightened drama once the costumes are added.

Knights on stage. (Left to right: Ryan Cassel, tenor; Giancarlo D’Elia, bass; Daniel Elder, bass; Johnny Wilson, tenor; Kyle Van Schoonhoven, tenor)

During the lunch break today, my roommates and I went back to our room for some afternoon yoga and a little guitar playing with spontaneous vocal harmonies.  It is great to live on a floor with the rest of the choir – nobody will complain or even blink an eye if the singing morphs from country to the contralto solos from the Messiah to the fugue in the sixth movement of the Brahms Requiem.

After only two full days of rehearsal, we have run the entire show and changed a lot of the original blocking.  The concepts of our director continue to evolve, and if we continue on at this rate, the production should be pretty spectacular.

Dr. Miller gave us the morning free from rehearsal, so it was a great evening to have some social time.  We went to a veteran favorite, La Hacienda, and enjoyed chats and drink with the choir, Dr. Miller, and the bass soloist from the opera.  It was raining a bit when we all left for the dorms, and so a quartet of us decided to walk down to the Battery to see the ocean at night.  By the time we returned home, we were completely soaking wet but feeling grand from the adventure.  It has been less than a week, and already the memories are building in abundance.

About Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a center for music study in Princeton, N.J.
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