Hearing:: "Mine, All Mine"- UK Bat Boy
So, I think that Bat Boy is some of the most fun I've EVER had rehearsing a musical. I mean, Urinetown was AMAZING, but Bat Boy is just... even better. Willow's shows are just so great.
Anyway, I auditioned for Meredith, and honestly I didn't think I was going to get it. Because it's just really not the right role for me. And her songs are just a little bit out of my range. But anyway, when we found out our roles, I:
(1) Laughed for hours, and then
(2) Jumped around in COMPLETE EXCIETMENT!
This is because I got Reverend Hightower. YES, I AM A LARGE BLACK MAN. Except for that I'm not black. Or a man. But I still LOVE THIS ROLE. We choreographed my song, A Joyful Niose last Wednesday, which was amazing. The best thing is that though the ensemble has a complicated background dance to remember, I get to just jump around and ad-lib all my dance moves as I go along. They change each time I rehearse. And then of course, in the Joyful Noise reprise me and Darren [who plays Edgar] get to have this crazy riff battle, in which he hits a high F Sharp at the end, which always amazes me. Yaaaaay.
Even the classes are semi-fun this year. However, instead of having the usual Drama, Dance, and Musical Theatre classes, this year we have Television/Film Acting, Comedy Acting, and various "master" classes (like Stage Combat and Stage Makeup). Wtf. It seems a bit odd that we wouldn't have dance or music classes in a musical theatre camp. But, ah well. It's still fun. On Friday, in Comedy, our teacher John showed us various silent films, which were AWESOME. I'm pretty sure I love Buster Keaton. I swear to god, he's amazing.
So yes, Bat Boy is fabulous. July 25-30, guys. Come see it.
Also, I just got the cast recording of the London cast of Bat Boy, and it's actually really great. Some of the new songs like Hey Freak and Mine, All Mine are quite a lot better than the ones they replaced in the original. I don't really like some of the ways the actors portray the characters, but all in all, it's a really great CD. So, in case anyone wants it, I have it now. Woot.