On Friday, Bruce, our production manager for “The Music Man” told us that we are coming down to the wire with our show being only three weeks away, so we needed to step up the pace, focus and would be rehearsing every night next week beginning with a Sitzprobe on Monday.
“Cover the children’s ears,” I thought. “A Sitzprobe…right here in Glens Falls!”
“Is fasting involved? Will it count as a colonoscopy? Is it like a Sitz Bath?”
A multitude of thoughts came flooding out faster than Harold Hill’s “Ya Got Trouble” spiel as I heard the term, “Sitzprobe” for the very first time.
Come on, be honest have you ever heard that word before?
If you didn’t already know, Sitzprobe is a German word meaning “seated rehearsal.”
It’s the first time the orchestra meets the cast during rehearsal and we get to sing our songs with something more than a piano.
And, what a heavenly experience it was as the sounds from the 12-piece orchestra filled our rehearsal space upstairs at the Wood Theater and swept us away on a magical musical carpet ride. The marching beat was energizing and the solos that were beautiful and heartfelt before, were now downright emotional leaving many of us grabbing our tissues.
The show’s musical director Wes had hand picked the orchestra members from the area’s professional musicians and given them the music about a month and a half ago.
I loved the sound of the piccolo, not to mention all the fun instruments the percussionist played.
Turns out it really was more of a Stehenprobe because we were “standing” most of the time.
But, nevertheless, it was an awesome experience!
I look forward to my next Sitzprobe.
Bring it on.
(I just updated this blog with a wonderful photo by Cheri Bordelon of the chorus singing "Iowa Stubborn." I know it's "Iowa Stubborn," because when we sing "we're so By God stubborn we..." we do that vigorous arm movement.)