Wrapping up my The Music Man & Me blog, I thought back on all I learned during the six-week period of singing and marching with the chorus in “The Music Man.”
kids not only eat fast, they eat a lot. Seemed like every time I got to the snack table, I discovered the remnants of what was.
that moving a huge cast from Point A to Point B is like herding cats.
the theatre-related words of Sitzprobe, spike and strike – actually, I already knew this one, but can’t imagine all the newbies did.
to stay out of the way of a big set pieces being moved off stage.
it’s best not to squint at the bright stage lights shining in your eyes when you’re on stage and the audience is staring at you.
all about teasing and rolling hair to achieve a Gibson Girl hair do.
that you don’t have to open a bobby pin to use it, you just push it in.
not to believe everything my mentors, Rene and Jane, told me.
Rene and Jane playing nuns are Catherine’s good luck rabbit foot.
pickles are good for your throat.
it’s best to memorize the lyrics as soon as possible.
if the person next to you says something funny during a live performance, do not laugh out loud.
to make it more fun, create a backstory for your character.
what that camaraderie of being in the cast together is all about. It's something you have to be a part of to understand. Ushering, doing publicity, producing the program or even producing the show, to my mind, does not fully give you that insider "we're all in this together" feeling.
And most importantly, I learned that just like life, IT CAN CHANGE; bring a pencil with a BIG eraser.