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Merry Wives of Windsor: The Opera

Last night at rehearsal, lillibet instructed us to run through our lines before we acted the scene. Just for fun, I sang out my first line: "Mine Host of the Garter!" To my surprise, the Host sang back her line: "Bully, Sir John!" And so on we proceeded. She impressed me with her musicality and comfort in the postmodern idiom I was using. Then everybody else jumped in, singing their lines. It was very amusing watching all the characters make a serious effort to sing their lines operatically and to make the melodic line fit their dialogue. Only one character refused to sing; I dubbed her the sprechstimme role. At one point I forgot my next speech, so I turned to lillibet and sang, "Line!" Once she recovered from laughing, she glanced down at her — I resist the temptation to call it a score — and sang back my cue, prompting more laughter. It was a blast doing the scene this way and, you know, I bet it helped strengthen our memorization.

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eclecticavatar
Oct. 13th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
That's right! I refused! I don't know my lines well enough to sing them, yet, nor do I particularly sing...

Now, if we wanted to do an interpretive dance version of the scene, I'm all over that!
spwebdesign
Oct. 13th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
Maybe we could convince lillibet … although I'm not sure anyone really wants to see my interpretive dance!
plumtreeblossom
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
I miss all the magic moments. :-)
lillibet
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Honey, you make your own!
lillibet
Oct. 13th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
I dunno, if we run into blocking problems, interpretive dance might be the way to go!

That was a lot of fun--and y'all sounded fantastic!
bex77
Oct. 13th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe this will convince you to direct a musical. ;)
rsc
Oct. 13th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
And here I expected you were all going to be singing Verdi.
trowa_barton
Oct. 13th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
This is why I'll never make it in a musical.
Singing "Line!" was funny.
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