Snoopy premiere

Today was special. The musical premiered. We had dress rehearsals yesterday in front of an audience and they were great. Seeing the kids meeting Snoopy and the gang was pretty dang lovely. But today was even more awesome. The audience fed us energy. The theatre wasn’t quite packed but it felt completely packed because they made so much noise. Next week there’s gonna be even more people (there were plenty now but next week will be wall to wall) as tickets are sold out.

The actors were brilliant. I remember complaining during rehearsals that no one was doing the Snoopy dance. There was room for improve during dancing and I was like: “It’s a Snoopy musical and no one is doing the Snoopy dance!” So both Snoopy and Linus did it during the show. Lovely.

The only odd moment was me taking a bow in front of the audience in the end. I wasn’t prepared, and as someone else behind the scene said: “I just wondered why I’m out here receiving the cheering.” I know why. It still felt super weird, not being one of the actors. The reason why I took the job was really me not wanting to keep a high profile right now, but still getting to do what I love. But the crew insisted. So OK. I did do the whole music and audio bit (including changing keys and creating the sound) and coached them all. I played most of Schroeder’s parts on the piano and let the actor pretend play almost as good as Rob Lowe’s sax action in St Elmo. Still strange. I really thrived behind the scene. Next week I might dress up a little and be as prepared as the other behind-the-scene workers were who actually KNEW they were going on stage in the end 😛

I’ll post some pics soon. Here’s a sneak peek! 🙂

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Wild boar bonanza

The weather has been winter like this spring. I’ve worked at Ekehagen since 2011 and I don’t think I’ve ever had snow and ice on the lakes (that settles and stays) come end of april. But it’s been exceptionally cold. But whatever, climate change is a hoax…

Today was good though, I love working outside regardless but there’s no denying the sunny days are a bit more fun. It does clear my head and when I went on to do some musical work my head was in the right place and I most deffo had more energy. What I love about the Ekehagen job is that they really do want to help you pull it all together. They truly appreciate you, it’s pretty rare. One of the bosses asked me about the musical and was genuinly happy to hear how I felt like it really made me grow. “Tell us if it’s too much, tell us if you need days off, if you need to rest the voice and stuff like that. We want you here and we don’t want you to be tired.”

This is full on “leftie” Falköping kommun work, not privatized, I think is important to note. Because people feel like the private sector is the only one providing work with leg room and personal space, but I’ve found it’s the other way around. Privatized work places are the most rigid ones that have employed me. My own experience of course, but worth mentioning.

Aaaaanyways, have some awesome pics from today’s photo session. Me with some stone age fishing equipment and some wild boars wondering why I’m taking pictures and not bringing them food. It’s a fair question.

 

 

Backstage

We’ve moved the musical to the theatre and things are coming along in rehearsals. I’ve sent a few pics to a curious friend. “Snoopy’s dog house!” and “Look how cuddly Snoopy’s costume is!” but for the rest of you it’s gonna have to wait til it’s premiered. I can however give you a pic from the dressing room with all the good light!

Not my make up spread around. Partly because I’m a “dab on some mascara and that’s it” kind of girl, partly because I don’t have to look good under spotlights since I’m only coaching. I’m in love with the dedication from the actors, and it really does look different and makes you less tired to see the whole thing actually taking shape (although I think you can see I’m a liiiiittle tired). See you April 29/ May 6 🙂

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How can you get tired of Snoopy?

Good question. He’s a lovely dog, really. A little obsessed with food but aren’t they all? But if I don’t hear a word about Charlie Brown and his friends and that beagle of his for some weeks after the shows I’m not unhappy. It’s been hard work seperating everyone’s parts and harmonies and learning them each by rote.

A lot of computer time, which is ok as long as I get to stretch my legs inbetween. But the leg stretches are getting shorter as the show is closing in.

I know I’m gonna miss everything just a few weeks afterwards, but it’s always like this on a big project, I think for most of us. Pe-heeeew to it being finished… when can I do the next one?

Website to order tickets: https://snobbenmusikalen.se/

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Now whip it into shape

Another weekend of musical coaching and while I don’t feel like a pro (I think hardly anyone does even when they do their main thing) I seem to be helping a lot.

I’m especially happy about one of the performers who really listens and seems to be growing by the minute. He/she also has dyslexia and some of the hardest lyrics, but literally sucks up all of my tips and tricks like a sponge. I was even able to show that person how you can have the computer read the lyrics back to you, and had to give him/her a hug at the end of the day because this is sooo not a slacker and they work hard and they GET THERE even though they’re having maybe a harder time than some of the others.

Since I don’t have a good pic to show you, I’ll leave you with a good old music video that mirrors my comments about cracking the whip. It puts me in a good mood, anyway…

Working on…

Can go out in public now. I’m working on the production of “You’re a good man, Charlie Brown”, and I’m the song coach! April/May is premiere time, and it’s gonna be fun! So if you’re in Skövde, get some tickets and drop by! I get three for free, so if you’re really nice to me…

BTW, Lucy and the football? Heartless…

http://snobbenmusikalen.se/biljetter.php

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Musical madness!

I was in Sthlm this weekend, for Phantom of the Opera. I know, I know, you see Maria and you think “musical” but I’ve had my guilty pleasures. Got curious about a lot of them as they are referenced in pop culture quite a bit. Le mis and Miss Saigon; deeepressing but good, bring them handkerchiefs.
Spamalot and La cage aux folles; funny as hell.

Review of Phantom to come, but here’s a n excellent teaser;

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Stockholm – Livet är en schlager

Had a musical weekend up in Sthlm watching Livet är en schlager on Cirkus. Johan Glans was funny as hell but the biggest surprise was his brilliant singing voice, he’s more known for being a comedian.

Peter Jöback was a gorgeous woman, and although they used the word “tr*nny” a lot (being in a power position of being cis -identifying with the gender I was born with- I need to censor the word and not use it out of respect) they smoothly worked into the show how he identifies as a woman and that we should respect it. Much love! And to my surprise; “you can lable me anyway you want, but lets just call me FABOLOUS” rendered giant standing ovations from the older people in the audience, along with “labels are for things, not people”. Wow, that gave me hope and made me just a little less prejudice… Anyway, you could tell it was personal to him, from one dimension or another, and his performance was strong, even though he used the amateur acting trick of beginning sentences with a giggling “ja” and “jamen…”

Just an overall laugh. I prefer musicals like this one and Spamalot, better to laugh for three hours. Miss Saigon last winter was good, but totally depressing. We had a few hours to check out Sthlm as well, which I always enjoy even though I’ve seen most of it 🙂 as long as I don’t have to drive, I’ve almost been stuck there because of their damn one way streets 😉

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