My math teacher was right. The whole IS the sum of its parts.
The songs, dances and blocking that we've been rehearsing individually (and what seemed like at random) were put together in order to create Act 1 at our rehearsal on Friday.
How exciting to see how the scenes flow together... or could potentially flow together. Many principal characters were missing, but Joann filled in as pretty much every character so that we were able to string together scene after scene. I could see the scenes were now fitting into place just like puzzle pieces interlocking with the next one to create one totally new picture. A single puzzle piece is meaningless, but put them altogether and a different vision appears.
I had a glimpse of that vision that Catherine, Wes and Joann must have had when they decided to be a part of this production.
For chorus members who have not read a script and only have individual song sheets, we really have no idea how it all fits together because we don't necessary learn the songs or blocking in order.
I did, however, watch the 1962 movie of "The Music Man" to refesh my memory of the storyline and sequence of events. That's the movie with Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. And, of course who could forget cutie patootie Opie Taylor a.k.a. Ron Howard as Winthrop Paro. Wait until you see the GFCT's Winthrop. (More on that at another time.) He gets to shine in our last song, "Wells Fargo Wagon" at the end of Act 1.