directing operetta in high school choir
Date: March 25, 2012
I am currently directing a high school choir production of "Pirates of Penzance" for a colleague. I am certified in music and theater and have directed over 30 dramatic and musical productions. I am looking for YOUR words of wisdom regarding working in someone else's program.
Personally, I have performed in the production almost ten times -- in high school, college and professionally -- as a pirate, Samuel, Pirate King and Sergeant of Police. I am VERY famiiar with the entire book. And I am a FUN director. We will accomplish great things as a cast.
There are students in this production that do not want to be in the show. THey are not MY students. They do not know me or the show. They do not want to attend extra-curricular reherasals. Some of the chorus are as gung ho as the leads. Others, however, I fear will serve as distraction of detriment at this point.
What are your words regarding those who do not wish to participate? I have shared my advice with the choral director regarding the differentiation for the different students. They still need to be assessed, even if they do not perform. I believe they should learn every note of the score, performance or not, and perform in a "jury" of sorts as well as a written component to replace the actual perfomances. The time committment should be about the same . . .
I look for your advice for my colleague. I know what I would do, but we are different and I may not be as understanding of someone with a different point of view. Please let me know what you think!
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