Tonight we had our Sit and Sing, also known as a sitzprobe, which sounds kind of painful, but it's not. sitzprobe - (German) is a term used in opera and musical theatre to describe a seated rehearsal where the singers sing with the orchestra, focusing attention on integrating the two groups. It is often the first rehearsal where the orchestra and singers rehearse together.
Actually, we didn't even sit, our Music Director, Kristin Gates, had us stand, as it is better for us to breathe and project. We started out the night running through numbers that included the full ensemble, such as the Final Ultimo, The Farmer and the Cowman, Oklahoma, and the entrance of the ensemble in act I. My final song for the night was Kansas City. After that, the ensemble men and children were released while the ensemble women and leads stayed to work on their songs. It was great having a chance to work with the orchestra. We were missing a couple pieces, but they were sounding great. It's sure going to make singing and dancing a whole lot smoother...I think.
While other songs were being worked on, some of us worked on running lines for some of the larger, wordy scenes, in particular, the auction scene. Although we didn't have many of the regular actors, I know it helped out Aunt Eller, played by Alana LaBissoniere.
It was nice to be done early and out before 9pm. This weekend going to be long. Although, the cast has Friday night off, we'll be back for tech Saturday and Sunday!