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« on: Jul 09, 2006, 01:47PM »

Who here playes in shows? and what shows have you done?

I will play in a show orchestra, but only if there really is no one else avalable. Mainly because my career ambition is to be a stage technitian, and I spend too much time watching and doing tech things and not enought time concentrating on the music.

But the shows I have played are
The Mickado
Fame
The Wizard of Oz
and currently Babes in Arms.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 09, 2006, 02:34PM »

Babes In Arms
42nd St.
Oliver
Music Man
Annie
Wizard of Oz
Hello Dolly
Titanic
Crazy for You
Fiddler on the Roof
Bye Bye Birdie
Leader of the Pack
State Fair

played keyboard and bass trombone, mostly...played one show on euphonium(transposed 2nd horn parts).

i love shows....

Babes in Arms was my first show.

TONS of hits in that one... to augment a not-too-hot storyline... like most musicals, i suppose. lol

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 09, 2006, 02:38PM »

oh i did Fame, also.

my one and only tenor trombone musical... thank the lucky stars... no-one should ever hear me squeak out such atrocious high(for me) notes!!! FORTUNATELY the volume level was so loud i could let 'em rip like Fred Wesley!!! well, not EXACTLY... minus a few right notes.

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 09, 2006, 03:40PM »

Fame has some doozies of high notes. Fortunatly when I did it as a school show, the school brass teacher was able to play the high parts on french horn.

Babes in Arms I agree that the story line is a bit thin, and the scores that we have are hopeless. The photocopying (by the people that the theatre company has hired them off) has cut off alot of key changes, and there are several parts where the score is almost un readable by cuts made by other people and have not been rubbed out but photocopyed  Mad .
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 09, 2006, 04:09PM »

I don't usually play in shows, but i do perform in them, or i do tech.

my list (performances):
Pajama Game
West Side Story
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jesus Christ Superstar
The King and I

tech:
Beauty and the Beast
Pajama Game
West Side Story
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jesus Christ Superstar
South Pacific
Scrooge
Annie
The King and I[/i]
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 09, 2006, 04:34PM »

I played 3rd trombone in Anything Goes. That's it for now.  Frown
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 09, 2006, 04:51PM »

The Music Man and Sugar is all I've done. However, there are usually two a year at my school, so that list will quickly expand.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 09, 2006, 07:51PM »

I enjoy playing shows now and then. I don't do too many because I work very early in the morning, so those late nights really get me down after a couple weeks.

In no particular order, I've played:

Funny Girl
Sound of Music
Music Man
Carousel
Of Thee I Sing
Guys and Dolls
How To Succeed in Business
Bye Bye Birdie

...maybe a couple more I can't recall....
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 09, 2006, 11:16PM »

just wondering, has anybody played in an opera before?  I havent but I would LOVE to!
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 09, 2006, 11:16PM »

Fortunately, I have been able to play in quite a few musicals including:

Beauty and the Beast
Seussical
Crazy for You
Guys and Dolls
Big
Peter Pan
Oklahoma
Once upon a Mattress
The King and I
Sound of Music
My Fair Lady
The Wizard of Oz
Singing in the Rain
West Side Story
Jesus Superstar
Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat
Godspell
Grease

and a few more that I can't think of.  On some of those, I played the cello part (on bone), but only on one or two.
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 09, 2006, 11:16PM »

Oh, and I also played he bass part on tuba  few times.:)
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 10, 2006, 04:23AM »

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just wondering, has anybody played in an opera before?  I havent but I would LOVE to!

I have.

They get a bit long. Especially night after night.

I did Lakme by Puccinni, and the highlight of that rather odd opera was when the female lead killed herself. See, she was wearing an "I dream of Jeanie" type outfit, decently low cut, and her spot for convusions and such was in direct line of sight for the low brass and percussion. Made our night. She even died in a single aria! Wow! I don't quite get the thing about a french guy writting about englishmen in india, but hey, it's opera.

I also did "The Tender Land" by Copland. Great music, but the 2.5 hour plot was nicely reduced to a single paragraph in the programs. They didn't miss much either. And there was no revealing clothing in that one.  Frown This one was a nice on to play while intoxicated. During intermission on rehersals, the first trumpet and I went to a nearby bar and threw back a couple beers before playing the second half. Then it just flew by.

The others, I was in the chorus rather then the pit, so it's a bit different.

Operas can just take a LOT of time.


Musicials I've done:
Annie Get Your Gun
Will Roger's Follies
Follies
Sound of Music
West Side Story
Gypsy (No revealing clothing in that one. Just pasties  :) There is however something disturbing about the woman at the end singing raunchy and stripping to the same song a little girl had just sung innocently 2 hours before.)
Chicago
...and I forget anything else, but I'm pretty sure there are more.


Two I want to do are Sweeny Todd and Jekyll and Hyde. Still hoping there.
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 10, 2006, 04:34AM »

I cant remember most of them, but the ones ive done in the last few years are,

Anything Goes
Crazy For You
West Side Story
Pirates
Guys And Dolls

Good times........
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 10, 2006, 07:16AM »

On stage:

1776

In the pit:

The Music Man
The Sound of Music
Annie
The King and I
42nd Street (just finished)
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 10, 2006, 10:53AM »

Camelot
Oliver
Mack & Mabel
Mame
Hello Dolly
Guys & Dolls
Funny Thing...Forum
Pajama Game
Lil Abner
Fiddler on the Roof
42nd Street
Anything Goes
Annie Get Your Gun
South Pacific
Oklahoma
Damn Yankees
How To Succeed In Business...
West Side Story
Barnum
Bye Bye Birdie
Brigadoon
Cabaret
Crazy For You
Kiss me Kate
No No Nanette
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« Reply #15 on: Jul 10, 2006, 11:57AM »

I've only done school shows but I'd really like to do others, even if the pay was next to nothing or nothing (any advice?)

Bye Bye Birdie
The Wizard of Oz
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 10, 2006, 12:09PM »

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Musicials I've done:
Gypsy (No revealing clothing in that one. Just pasties  :) There is however something disturbing about the woman at the end singing raunchy and stripping to the same song a little girl had just sung innocently 2 hours before.)


Did you happen to do Gypsy at the Community Theatre of Greensboro?
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 10, 2006, 01:18PM »

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I've only done school shows but I'd really like to do others, even if the pay was next to nothing or nothing (any advice?)

Bye Bye Birdie
The Wizard of Oz


Depends wether you do them with a professional company or an amature company.

Here it is standard practice to give the musicians about $8-$10 a performance. But in other parts musicians may not get anything for shows.
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 10, 2006, 01:48PM »

I've only done 2 musicals they are ones nobody else mentioned so I'll list them:

The Grass Harp
I Do! I Do!

The Grass Harp was pretty weird.  I was a freshman in College and truthfully was not playing that well; I was suprised when they called me back for I Do! I Do!  a year later but by then I was playing a lot better.  All the professional musicians in this pit orchestra were excellent so we sounded pretty darned good.  I was supposed to play Guys and Dolls the next year but the music director couldn't figure out how to get in touch with me (Summer and my contact info changed).
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« Reply #19 on: Jul 10, 2006, 02:42PM »

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Did you happen to do Gypsy at the Community Theatre of Greensboro?


Nope, for the past couple summers- up until this one- I've been the steady summer trombone player at the Opera House Theatre Company down in Wilmington.

I think Sean Devlin or some of the symphony folk have the slots lined up for Greensboro. They tend to use students more, so I'd still guess Sean.

Which I prefer in this case, because when we played "Gypsy" the director had someone rewrite the last major song- the strip show- for some odd reason. My part suddenly went from doodling around in the background to "OH GOD, IT'S A TROMBONE!!!" I was torn between attempting to catch of glimpse of those pasties on my rests and rattling the stage when playing.
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