The Dreaming

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It’s finally time to introduce you to ‘The Dreaming’. With rehearsals well underway I’m very excited to get this show up on it’s feet. In just 6 weeks time (9-10th June 2017) I will be performing my very first show here at Trinity Laban.

The Dreaming is a musical created by Howard Goodall and Charles Hart based on William Shakespear’sA Midsummer Night’s Dream’. For our auditions we had to prepare two contrasting contemporary-legit songs for the first round. In terms of recalls we were then asked to look over material dependent on the character casting. For my audition I chose two beautiful songs that I would definitely use again for the future. My first choice was ‘She’s a Woman’ from ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’. Kiss of the Spider Woman is a musical with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with the book by Terrence McNally. It is based on the Manuel Puig novel ‘El Beso de la Mujer Araña’. It tells the tale of Luis Alberto Molina, a gay man who is in a prison for corrupting a minor. He lives in a fantasy world to flee his current life, the torture, fear and humiliation. His fantasies revolves around movies, particularly around Aurora – a vampy diva. Moline gets a new cell mate –  Valentin Arregui Paz, a Marxist revolutionary who has been badly tortured. Molina has to battle against telling the guards Valentin’s secrets, falling in love with Valentin and staying sane in this cell. It’s such a beautiful story and the score is equally as beautiful. ‘She’s a Woman’ highlights Molina’s heroism of what he knows to be masculinity. It tells his story well. My second song was from ‘Grey Gardens’ by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie, based on the 1975 documentary of the same title about the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (“Little Edie”) by Albert and David Maysles. The song was titled ‘Drift Away’. This too was a really good song for me.

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So far, the music is incredible and the script is filled with such comedic writing. I have been given one of the ‘mechanicals’ roles – Walter Grubb (The butcher’s boy). Having just completed a read through of a few scenes I am completely in love with the chemistry the mechanicals have with one another. It’s filled with comedy and wit – a pair Shakespeare, like Goodall, does well. In terms of characterisation and costume there is so much to play about with and as a member of the mechanicals there is some really great scenarios I get to have fun with, which is always exciting! I also get to be a member of the ensemble in the form of Angel (Oberon) ‘s Boy Woodlanders. Today we had a really insightful and engaging discussion about who they are and where they may have come from. This sparked curiosity and a or of creativity. It was interesting to hear different people’s viewpoints. So far its been a really two-way creation between us the performers and the directors. I’ve definitely got my research to do but I’m thrilled to begin the journey. I’m beyond excited to get to work with our choreographer Matthew Cole on the show also.

For now though its off to rehearsals, Day 3.

To learn more about a different project I worked on  click here.

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