Friday, June 29, 2012

Music in the Air Research & Inspiration

Have you heard of Music in the Air?  Me either.  This little operetta style gem isn't well known,  which makes research very interesting, case in point: goole image "music in the air" and you literally get pictures of music notes in the sky.  But since I'm a good actor/singer, I've done a little digging.  Here's my show research.

Who am I?  Tila (derived from Matlida, pronounced Tiylah).  She's a young girl, 16ish, who is best friends with Sieglinde.  The English say it means "Good" while the Germanic meaning is " Powerful Batter."  Some sites attribute it to Polish or Danish origin.  In Finnish, Tila translates to "Space."  Guessing by her dancing in the beginning of act one, I'd say she's slightly enamored of Hans, the Goat Boy.

A simpler time: The show takes place in 1932 Germany: This great article interviewed a couple who were born in Germany in 1925.
The mom-and-pop stores survived because they would give you credit," he said. "They had a notebook and would keep track of who owed what. A loaf of bread cost 10 cents, and small pies sold for a quarter. A quart of ice cream cost 35 cents. 
"No one stole from anyone. Grocery stores didn't lock their doors."   
Gene recalled that "if someone was sick, no matter how poor you were, you would send something over to them."
From the director about the region: Located in a romantic, mysterious and unique region, the lake is surrounded by an imposing mountain landscape. Walking through mountain passes below high rocky summits, we discover beautiful valleys, waterfalls, gorges and rivers.  

Here's a clip from the beginning of the movie, although slightly different from the script.

Ticket info here.

Photos from: Bavarian Country Singers, Tias, Everything about Germany, Get Balance, Digiscraping, Playstation, BJD

Character Inspiration: A Special Project

One of my greatest college friends, Josh, is working on a book on theatrical education techniques and asked for my help creating a character board. So here are my inspiration boards based on characters I have previously played and characters I would love to play.

Cinderella, Into the Woods 
Cinderella is different in this show because who she is and who she becomes are on the surface different.  She has to cope with longing and wishing in addition to the aftermath of what her wish gives her and ultimately, change her mind.

Photos from: Deviant Art, Robert Finklestein, Hispters on Broadway, Kristoper Dukes, Five Sixteenths Blog, Graphics Fairy Blog, Girly Bubble, IHC Creative, Seforium

Carlotta, Phantom of the Opera
This is a role I don't think I'll ever get to play. I'm more of a type match for Christine or Meg, but I LOVE this role and all of her music is divine.  I think the challenge in playing her would be to keep everything rooted in reality and not let her get too over the top, even though she is the prima donna.  She's amazing and strong, comfortable, yet with the slightest fear of being replaced.  She taps into that place we all have been when we're worried about being forgotten - you just never get to see that side of her as it's not her story the show revolves around.

Photos from: Limelight Floral, Everyday Beauty, Become, Neiman Marcus, Closet Obsession, Hippie Chick, Visualize Us, Fan Pop, Style Hive 

And of course...check out my other character inspirations from past shows:
Secret Garden
Little Red Riding Hood
Phantom of the Opera
Arizona Lady
Pride and Prejudice

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Music in the Air Rehearsals Start

Choral rehearsals for Music by the Lake's Music in the Air started last Sunday.  I'm looking forward to being back on stage after a mini kids show only hiatus.  The music is fun, operetta based, and catchy and the ensemble sounds fabulous!  Next rehearsal is Sunday the 24th for a sing through and costume measurements!  It's going to be a quick process - the Show opens July 21st.  I'm excited to be back in beautiful Lake Geneva for a summer show!