The total number of GFCT members involved in producing “The Music Man” is 143, which includes 65 cast members counting directors, 11 orchestra members, 39 crew and 28 ushers. (Realistically, there are probably a few more who have been recruited to assist with this huge endeavor.)
Most all are volunteering their time. Only the three directors (show, musical and choreographer), rehearsal pianist and orchestra get paid a small stipend.
I took a look at how many hours of my life were spent on this show.
It all began on Sept. 3 by attending the general meeting at the Charles R. Wood Theater where the directors gave us an overview and their vision of “The Music Man.” The following night was auditions, but I missed that as I was still deciding if I wanted to be a part of this production.
Beginning on Sept. 9, the chorus rehearsal schedule was just three times a week; two times for chorus and once for dance. Rehearsals began at 6 p.m. and usually ran until 10 p.m. Then, before I knew it, we were rehearsing every night along with a marathon Sunday dress rehearsal.
I calculated that by the time the show is over I will have gone to 26 rehearsals including performances and spent roughly 116.5 hours on “The Music Man” from start to finish. And, that’s just for me, a lowly chorus member. Add to that learning about hair, makeup and finding a costume. Not to mention, innumerable hours singing along with “The Music Man” CD in the car. I even watched the movie with Robert Preston from 1962.
Multiply my total times 65 (the number of cast members) and you get 7,572.5 hours.
However, keep in the mind that the directors, leads and crew put in countless hours of worrying, planning, painting, finding props, coordinating photo shoots, media coverage and so much more.
Bottom line: My best guess is that it took at least a minimum of 10,000 hours to create our stellar performance of “The Music Man" that our audiences are raving about. Opening night we received a standing ovation.
PS - In searching for a graphic to accompany this blog entry, I discovered that 10,000 hours IS the amount of time it takes to acheive mastery in a field. Granted the author Malcolm Gladwell is referring to an individual in his book, Outliers, when he says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.