Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Annie Get Your Gun - The One Show!

Exciting news! Although we're only a few days into rehearsals (10 or so!), the entire company of Annie Get Your Gun will be appearing on BBC's The One Show this evening (Wednesday April 30th)! It's very exciting for us all as it's our first piece of collective press and the first outing of a number from the show, and your first chance to see what we've been up to so far.

We're actually performing a number from AGYG that my character Annie isn't in, but Lizzi Gee has very kindly slotted me in so that I can be with the company. Cue some rather

Friday, 18 April 2014

Annie Get Your Gun - Sketching the Landscape

Easter is upon us and we've reached the end of the first week of rehearsals. Due to the holidays this is a short week, finishing on the Thursday, so it's been pretty intense trying to cram in as much as possible with our limited schedule. We're also losing the Monday of next week and there's a further bank holiday in May! Time is not necessarily on our side, but we're all working extra hard to counteract this.

The main bulk of the company have been slogging their hearts out working on the opening number, memorising harmonies and generally getting a feel for the myriad of roles they all have to play. This is the point where I'm exceedingly grateful that I only have the one character, the one track to get under my belt. Our swings, Hannah Grace and Ste Clough, not only have their own tracks but are responsible for covering most of the other roles

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Annie Get Your Gun - The First Day!

It is the first day of school, or rather the first day of rehearsals, for Annie Get Your Gun. Frankly it could be the first day of school all over again. I laid out my outfit the night before then changed my mind three times before reverting to my original choice. My bag has been ready by the front door for several days, although I'm still having a last minute panic as to whether I've actually packed my pencil case, and the nerves have kicked in before the kettle has even boiled for the coffee that is necessary to make me feel vaguely human before 10am. I'm a heady bundle of excitement, fear and joy - and no matter how long you've been in this industry, the first day of any new production is always, and I mean ALWAYS like this!

The tubes are fortunately on my side and I arrive at our rehearsal venue about 20 minutes early. It's already buzzing and about 15 people are gathered around the trestle table that bears