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The music team in Evita rehearsals

Week 5 – Week commencing 15th May 2006…

Well here we are at the end of our time in a rehearsal room, everyone is getting ready for the move to the Theatre for the next stage of the production, the technical rehearsals.

This week, there have been a number of run throughs. As well as being vital for the company, it is also a good opportunity for the technical departments and marketing etc to come and watch and see how things are going to run in the Theatre.  One department that it was particulary useful for was wardrobe – it gave the dressers an opportunity to see where the cast will be entering and exiting and where they need to be for costume changes etc. With over 250 costumes in the show, I think they’re going to be very busy.

I was lucky enough to get a ‘ticket’ to one of the runs and it was fantastic to see the results of the past five weeks in the rehearsal rooms, and the hard work of all involved. By the end of the run everyone watching (and most of the cast) were in tears.  It was a truly wonderful experience. Seeing Elena sing certain songs reminded me of all those months ago when she was in her final audition singing on the front of the stage at the Palace Theatre.

The orchestra have been rehearsing in a separate room all week and then on Saturday the company and orchestra joined together for what is known at the Sitzprobe, which is effectively like a concert version of the entire show. Everyone was seated and then stood when it was their turn to sing. The cast looked like they were enjoying themselves too. It was a very moving experience

At the end of the Sitzprobe we celebrated with a glass of champagne (and Argentine beer!), to say thank you to everyone for their hard work so far and to look forward to the next stage.

Once this was over, everything was packed up and moved to the Theatre, the orchestra rushed off to a recording studio to work on the album (which you can pre-order in our online shop).  The wardrobe department were doing a few last fittings with the cast, to make sure that everyone has their costumes next week.

In the afternoon the creative team and stage management worked through the show technically to get ahead before the cast are on stage next week.

We’re now only two weeks away from our first preview night!!!

Katy Bryant, Production Assistant, Evita

Posted on: 23rd May 2006

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