The week after Easter, my cast of 24 children will get on stage and present THE MAD ADVENTURES OF MR. TOAD. Some magic is occurring right before our eyes. The kids memorize lines, learn songs and dances and they are given direction from all sides. It’s a lot for them to do since they’re ages are K-5 grade. As I see their characters emerge and their confidence grow, many things are going on behind the scenes.
A vocal director has been teaching the songs within the play and helping them to get the most out of their young voices. Two choreographers have taught them fun and exciting dance moves.
A costumer has prepared many things for them to wear – exciting, funny, sometimes difficult to wear – but necessary to help them define their character.
A prop mistress is gathering interesting things which will enhance the play. One moreit thing for them to learn to deal with, but so important to enhance the production.
Stage managers are getting things off and on stage, maneuvering through children, bumping into things and trying to make the play move seamlessly.
Sound and light folks are preparing for tech week. They’ll be adding microphones, lighting and special effects. Each addition to the play is part of the magic that results.
The artistic designer, his crew and the director have developed a plan for the set – painted flats, scenery, and wonderful accessories like the car you see pictured. The guys seated in it are the ones who made it. You can’t imagine the excitement over this set piece last night. First of all the director (me) was amazed at the reality of Toad’s motor car and it was constructed and painted within just a couple weeks. The kids went ballistic when they saw it.
Next week we go into tech rehearsals. Each new thing that is added to the performance – staging, voice, dance, props, costumes, set pieces, lights, sound all blend together in what will result in a finished product that they can be proud. When the lights come up on opening night, the addition of an audience is what makes it all worth it. That’s when the real magic begins.