So Close You Can Smell It

Beauty and the Beast (1992 film)

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It’s now 26 days 3 hours 30 minutes and 10 seconds to the commencement of the first performance of Beauty and the Beast as I start to write this post. It is both scary and exciting at the same time. Most of the holiday makers should be returning this week to the fray caused by the setting of the mob scene and into the castle where we get attacked by the inhabitants in the music entitled “The Battle.” Three hours of being unceremoniously intercepted by a plate and a fork is enough to give you nightmares. However, I think we did really well. The difficulty of the music is that every action coincides with an underscoring of the music. This underscoring leads to another piece of underscore , if you are late on your entrance, you get in the way of the next lot, and so on. It looks very busy because it is with loads of comedy elements thrown in usually involving Lefou getting beat up repeatedly.

The Evil Monsieur D'Arque

In an apparent twist of fate there was a point where the two actors on stage were Monsieur D’Arque played by Daniel Mellor and also Ian Darke who plays several of the chorus characters. No-one up to this point had realised the coincidence regarding the surnames, except Ian, of course, who fancied trying out for Monsieur D’Arque but decided against it. Although the D’Arque/Darke pun was humorous the first time I was told the fact, everybody told everybody else including me at least 25 times each. I believe that could be 35 cast members to the power of 25.  Actually, it is 3.108624e+36 or 3,108,624 with 36 zero’s after it. That is a lot of Darke talk!!

Simon Cowell as he might have looked if he auditioned for a role in UMT's Jack and the Beanstalk!

Tonight is also Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime audition night except dancers, I believe. It often comes as a surprise to people to realise that we actually cast another show before completing the current show. There is very limited time between them to get the auditions and casting in and when you only have 10 to 12 weeks to get the rehearsing over and done it can be a very tight schedule. Last year at Puss in Boots we were fine tuning actions in the week before the show was due to go on which seemed to work in the end but caused not a little stress. Almost turned me to drink!

Audition night is always interesting where normally about an hour’s worth of auditions become three hours of discussion. Having been on an audition panel before it is a tough task and requires substantial concentration. Good luck to each and all of the the auditionees, I know what you are going through!


~ by UMT Stage on September 28, 2010.

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