Ah yes, the last couple of weeks before show time, when the disciplined note-polishing, the addition of extra accompanists, the introduction of venue logistics, and the sheer buzz of performance energy results in everything from hilarious one-liners to the choir collapsing into a fit of giggles. We give you, our Concert Week Tuesday Top Ten, the Lullabies edition:
We breathe in and out, warm up, and loosen up to slough off the day’s worries and the last twenty horrendous minutes of bumper-to-bumper traffic, and Jen says, “If you have stupid human tricks, now’s the time to use them!”
That moment when you realize that one of the bases has been a tenor all along? Doh! (No, not Jen. She’s clear as a bell who sings what part.)
“Beautiful, beautiful, but now it’s getting dirgey!”
“Watch out for that page turn, people!” Oh, right, page turn! Which always happens during a quiet moment. What is up with that?!
That moment when someone yawns louder than several people are singing.
The ongoing refinement of the animal noises. The quacking in particular. Which is when everyone just loses it, and the duck says, “You said I could!”
Really? You’re like seven feet tall and you have to stand right in the front? Really? That’s what the eyes behind Tall Man Tenor are saying. He is, of course, unaware. Meanwhile the Normally Heighted Soprano Ones standing next to him look like escapees from Lilliput.
Jen, checking sightlines and how one section in particular, is spread out: “Hmm….you’re all kinda strung out there, aren’t you?”
Wiseass bass: “Oh we’ve been strung out for years!”
“Give me an ooo face, not an ‘oh-my-god!’ face.” Right then.
Directing the pantomime, “Jim, I need you to come out diagonally so you can create the most ruckus!”
That’s right. There will be ruckus. And we hope you will join us! We’re counting on you to make it the most fun ruckus.
You have until Friday Noon to buy tickets from a choir member, and Friday night 11:30 pm to purchase online. We’ll also have some tickets at the door, but don’t wait too long as it’s looking pretty full!
We sing Lullabies, 4:30 pm, Saturday, March 15, 2014 (at VBC, 541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA 22180) – $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 60+ and students (15 – 18), youth (14 and below) attend for free accompanied by a ticketed attendee.