Yeah, we’re putting even our Fearless Leader, Jennifer Rodgers Beach, on the spot and make her take our fun quiz. Furthermore, we do it while she’s on deadline. Because she’s totally cool, and we roll like that as a choir under her fearless leadership!
VCS: What you love most about being on stage?
JRB: Anything can happen! And when we’re all involved in MAKING it happen, there is an exchange of energy and emotion that feeds everyone in the room.
VCS: We say “opera” and you think …..
JRB: Big. Fantastical. A way to access emotions and situations that we rarely encounter in our everyday lives!
VCS: Opera is better than….
JRB: This may not be publishable! I refuse to put it above anything else because it is so often put there by the culture itself. Opera is what it is. A unique and powerful art form that demands incredible skill and dedicated talent. So is any other genre of music. So is theater. So is cooking. So are sports. Get my gist?
VCS: Before you go on stage you …..
JRB: Breathe. For me and for my singers and fellow actors.
VCS: Things you wish the audience would do when the lights go down.
JRB: Lean in. Anticipate. Expect to enjoy.
VCS: Things you wish you could do when the lights go down.
JRB: Release worry. Expect to enjoy!
VCS: When the show is over you ….
JRB: Am flying high with all the energy! And then I’ll crash…eventually!
VCS: Batons and handwavery are farce. You’re just Jedis controlling the force. Discuss.
JRB: True!! Actually…really true! And if the force isn’t with you, the handwavery means nothing! By the way, did you know that Yoda’s full name is Minch Yoda?
See why it’s so much fun at VCS? Who else is going to bring you opera and Star Wars in the same breath?
Well, fine okay, maybe them. But do you live in London? No? Exactly.