So, I am in this production at the church called The Gallery of Living Art. If you don't know what it is, it is a still life, life-size version of famous works of art with human players chronicling the passion of Christ's few days. We dress up in costume, wigs and make-up and stand very still for 3-4 minutes whilst the choir sings a song about what the scene is representing. It's pretty cool and a very big deal here at the church. In prior years, I have just been in the choir. This year, however, I have chosen to also do a scene and then run up and sing after. Pretty...dang...fun! It reminds me a lot of the old days of doing musicals at Rock Springs High School with Alan Keller (aka. George the director) minus the scathing criticism. Lots of people running around, many a backstage antic, and me looking like a chicken with my head cut off. Fantastic.
So last night we had our large scene rehearsal which I had to go to. I am in a scene called the Triumphal Entry. It depicts Jesus riding through Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. I am some woman next to a dog with a kid on her back. It all works out. We had to line up in order of appearance out in the green room and I had to grab my dog. We all walked out on the stage, positioned ourselves and froze. In this scene, there are also three little girls who are throwing flowers at his feet. I am in eye shot of one of these girls. She is an adopted Chinese girl who is 6 I think. Just the cutest kid. I found myself instead of looking at Jesus, who is played by Katie's brother-in-law Aaron, looking at this girl and trying to make her laugh by making facial expressions and winking. Poor little one didn't stand a chance against my rubber face. lol
And where was Grace during this whole thing, you may be asking? She was in the nursery playing with all her little friends getting all crazy. Super fun to take that one home and put her to bed.
And so it goes. Tonight will be the full on dress rehearsal with the choir. I know I will be here until 10pm. Ugh! On the bright side, though, I found this product called Vocal Eze that is supposed to help my voice. This will be nice since I am out of practice singing for that long (and hour straight for 4 performances over 3 days). Thank God, J and went to Guitar Center the other day and found that.
Pray for my voice people!