Welcome ladies and gents to June Adventures Part Two! I’m sorry it took so long for me to write this. But here we are, part two, full of as many crazy stories as the last part (if not more).
Also, I just wanted to say, I got rubber bands the other day for my braces and WOW are they not fun. How do people survive with these things???? I’m so glad I didn’t get them before Drama Camp happened because WOW that would have been a miserable month.
Okay, I’ll stop rambling now and start the post. Off we go!
Where we last saw our heroes, they’d just received the cast list and were excited about vocal intensives, which would take place Thursday and Friday. Auditions and other such chaos had just taken place and the rest of the week was sure to be just as crazy. Let’s review our characters — and their characters — shall we?
Me: Lady Larken
Chloe: The Minstrel
Jordan: The Jester
Caden: Prince Dauntless the Drab
Emily: Queen Aggravain
Evan: Sir Harry
Brileigh: Princess #12/Lady-in-Waiting
Ethan: The Wizard
Bryson: The Silent King
Nevaeh: Princess Winnifred
* For the vast majority of the first day, we only referred to each other by our character names. And of course we celebrated the part each person got, as they were all well-deserved and aptly cast.
Actually, I still refer to most of the cast by their characters’ names. Especially Nevaeh. *waves to Nevaeh*
* Something you will see throughout all of these posts is a ridiculous amount of stuff just. . . . happening. There were a lot of random and surprising mishaps this year for whatever reason. Anyways, something happened that resulted in Cheryl, our director, and Emma, her daughter, being out during the vocal intensives. We were all pretty disappointed, especially because it was the first real day of rehearsals, but hey, the show must go on.
* Because of scheduling conflicts with the theater, half of our rehearsals took place at the church across the street, where Jonathan is the music minister (and where my family used to go to church. It’s pretty nostalgic getting to work in the music room, where I’ve had many a choir rehearsal). Unfortunately, whenever we did scene work, we had to do it on the stage in the sanctuary which is MUCH smaller than the stage at the theater, especially because there’s a piano and choir loft that take up 2/3 of the stage. We made it work though.
* There were a lot of the songs in the show with “All” parts, so we went over several of those with Jonathan. After listening the CD upwards of a thousand times, me and my sisters were quite the experts, but hey, a little practice is always nice. After finishing with us, Jonathan sent us out with Cheryl’s co-director, Jeremy. Jeremy is amazing. We stan Jeremy. Anyways, everyone (including Jeremy) went out to the sanctuary to work on staging, while Nevaeh and Caden stayed back with Jonathan to work on some of their solo parts.
* In the sanctuary, everyone highlighted their scripts (except those who already had the night before aka me) with Jeremy talking about random things in the background. After everyone finished, Jeremy told us to get on the stage. We all picked a random place to stand, and then he made us close our eyes. We took a moment to get into character, and then Jeremy watched us improv a scene. It was fun! I love doing improv! I’m terrible at keeping a straight face, but I love it nonetheless.
The scene we improv-ed took place during a ball thrown by the queen (aka Emily). The ladies-in-waiting stood around and chatted, the king said hello to guests, and the queen stood in a corner and sulked as only the queen could do. This was my first time really getting into character, and I enjoyed getting to know Lady Larken. I walked around the queen’s ball, greeting guests and thanking them for coming. Suddenly, to
my Lady Larken’s astonishment, I looked over to see Evan Sir Harry, Larken’s lover, on one knee in front of the queen!
“Harry!” I said, over the din of knights and ladies chatting. “Why are you proposing to the queen?! I thought you loved me!”
Harry jumped to his feet. “Well, I was just, I was, I mean, I was greeting the queen!” he stuttered.
I shook my head. “By proposing to her? She’s MARRIED!”
Harry was visibly embarrassed. “Well, okay, how was I supposed to greet her?”
“By BOWING, maybe??” I retorted, demonstrating by bending at the waist. Harry started to say something, but I called the king over. “Your majesty, did you see what Sir Harry did?” When the king shook his head, I explained, “He was trying to propose to your wife!” The king may not have been able to speak, but you could see the shock on his face. Meanwhile the queen didn’t move, rolling her eyes at us ridiculous peasants.
Jeremy interrupted our lively conversation by introducing a new character to the mix, one who wasn’t even the script: the dastardly SIR CHAMBERLIN *bum bum bum* (played by him, of course). Sir Chamberlin *bum bum bum* had visited the court before. He was from a neighboring kingdom and was not especially liked by our royal court, particularly Harry and Larken. That was because he was seeking Larken’s hand in marriage. Larken had told him a thousand times that she and Harry were a thing, but some men just don’t listen. *insert eyeroll here* He kept flirting with Larken, who very awkwardly try to escape the situation. Harry just watched.
He’s a stand-up guy, that Harry. SMH.
* After lunch, Jonathan did more solo work with Nevaeh and Caden, but I got to stay back with them as I sang a bit with Caden (three words. Literally three words) and had a whole song with Nevaeh. ‘Twas fun. We had some laughs. (But when do we not??)
* After we were done, everyone came back and we did more work on the “All” parts. We made it through 9 out of 13 songs, which is lowkey impressive for the first day. I mean, they’re not called “vocal intensives” for nothin’!
* Random story from one of our breaks: me, Emily, and Nevaeh were just hanging out and chatting, and somehow we got onto the topic of rats (literally don’t even ask), and Emily asked Nevaeh what she would do if a rat ran across the stage while she was singing. Nevaeh made a face and said, “I’ma be out, bro. Bye! Y’all can deal with that by yourselves! Although Winnifred would probably befriend the rat.” (She didn’t exactly look thrilled with the fact that her character would befriend a whole rat.)
“Yeah,” I agreed, “she would probably adopt the rat and call him Monty.”
Emily looked at me. “I admire your ability to just name random inanimate objects.”
I was flattered. “Why thank you!” Of course, both of us overlooked the fact that rats aren’t exactly inanimate, but it’s the thought that counts.
Evan, who was sitting to my left and listening to our conversation, turned off his phone and held it in front of me. “Name my phone.”
I studied it for a moment, then promptly replied, “Bill.” (What? The phone had Bill vibes!)
Evan, if you’re reading this, don’t forget. Your phone is Bill.
Vocal Intensives ~ Day Two
* Day Two was even more intense than day one, if you can believe it! Whereas day one was more focused on group work, Jonathan did a lot more solo work on day two. But, by the end of the day, we had the music more or less down! (Not well, but we had it.) And there’s something satisfying about singing through the whole soundtrack at the end of vocal intensives. ‘Tis nice.
abandoned us had a doctor’s appointment at 10:30, so we spent about an hour in the sanctuary working on ✨ blocking! ✨ It took awhile (probably longer than necessary) but we got the first song and scene mostly staged. I stand in the same spot the whole time, so obviously I wasn’t the one who made the whole process take an hour. Kidding, kidding!
* We took a short break to wait for Jonathan, as he still wasn’t back yet. The door opened and we were all expecting Jonathan to walk in, but instead, Emma came around the corner! We were all very excited to see her, as we’d missed her a lot yesterday and she got several hugs.
* When Jonathan FINALLY came back *pauses to cast a joking glare at Jonathan* we worked on, you guessed it, MUSIC!! Emma caught on fast, despite missing the entire first day. I was proud of her.
* Lunch always had a chaotic air to it (that’s a lie, everything had a chaotic air to it) but boy, was this lunch wild. A bunch of us sat around in the corner and ate and chatted. Bryson stood nearby and ate, and Nevaeh and Emma made fun of his lunch. It was all in good spirit, but I mean, the man brought an entire bag of Fritos Scoops and nothing else. What was he expecting?
In a similar vein, Emma, Nevaeh, and Emily were horrified by the sandwiches me and Chloe were eating. Although, everyone’s horrified when they find out I like this, so. I mean, we were eating a classic (though unpopular) Southern treat! What’s so wrong with banana-mayonnaise sandwiches? They taste almost exactly like banana-peanut butter sandwiches, with a slight tangy flavor depending on how much mayonnaise you use. Don’t bash it. Try it first. Then come back and tell me how you feel about it. *glares at Emma, Nevaeh, and Emily*
In other chaotic lunchtime news, Jordan straight-up took a nap in the sanctuary on a pew (how was that comfortable??) and one of the guys that ended up quitting later on committed a big no-no and left without permission to get a pizza.
When he came back and we found out what he’d done, we had a lot of questions.
“Did you get in trouble?”
“What did Jeremy say?”
“Where did you even go???”
“I went to Domino’s,” he replied.
“Did you eat a whole pizza??” I asked in astonishment.
“Yeah,” he shrugged.
“Was it a large?” Emily asked.
“Yeah,” he shrugged again.
“WHAT??!!” we shrieked.
“WHERE DID IT GO???” Emma asked, gesturing to his skinny figure.
He shrugged yet again. “I dunno.”
So yeah. That was a thing that happened.
* After lunch, me, Nevaeh, and Emma worked with Jonathan on the song we sing together. Not much came out of that besides a lot of unnecessary giggles, a slightly exasperated Jonathan, and Emma’s new nickname for him: Johnny-Than-Than.
In our defense, he 100% signed up for this when he agreed to help Cheryl.
* Evan had
abandoned us left for a doctor’s appointment ages ago and he still wasn’t back, so when it was time to work on our duet, it was just me. But, Ethan, Evan’s understudy, came in and sang for him. My part in that song was pretty high, but I love singing high and I have a range that surprises even me so it was a lot of fun! But of course, since I am a glutton for punishment, I requested to sing a note two steps higher than what was written. For anyone who understands such jargon, I went from singing an E♭5 to a G5 (translation: high). And I had to hold it out for seven measures with only a quick little breath before (translation: long and difficult). Despite my attempts to torture myself, I still really enjoyed performing that song. ‘Twas fun.
* After Jonathan finished with me, he sent me out to the sanctuary where everyone else was going over lines (except Ethan and Emily, as it was their turn to work with Jonathan). I sat on one of the pews and jumped right in with them! Jeremy was in charge and we know that when Jeremy is in charge, things get a little weird. The voices he did when he read the lines of the actors that were out were just *chef’s kiss* top-notch. That was our first time doing a table-read (well, pew-read) and it was very fun! Nevaeh sat on me a lot.
*moves on without elaborating*
* After the day was over, my voice was quite tired. But it was definitely worth it. I’d say vocal intensives was a success! We had the music down and started work on blocking and lines. Y’know, amidst all the other randomness that happened.
Well, it took ages to come out, but I hope y’all enjoyed part two of the June Adventures series! I certainly enjoyed reminiscing and laughing at all the nonsense we got up to. The next post in this series will be about week two, Drama Camp days five through eight (if I can fit it all into one post. I may need to stretch it out. We’ll see).
I hope y’all enjoyed this post, and I shall see you in the next one!
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