ASPIRE BLOG: Back To Basics

It’s a pleasure to see the Aspire cast throwing themselves into the early stages of rehearsal. Everyone seems to be enjoying the repertoire.

The dancers are already getting through some particularly complicated choreography, the singers are learning their songs and getting the feel for each piece. Our band is tackling some pretty tricky arrangements and our drama guys are starting to devise pieces that may be included in the end performance. In short, everyone is busy.

Alongside this work Ensemble Directors are including exercises that will help your overall craft. For example, the band is playing scales together. This isn’t because Jess and Dominique love listening to scales (although who doesn’t love a good rendition of B major?). It’s to get everyone used to listening to each other and playing together as a tight group. Jeanette and Michael don’t relish hearing you sing arpeggios but you need to warm up your voices, strengthen them and get used to singing in unison as a group.

Each year Aspire has a new cast, some people have been through the program before and some haven’t. But it’s the first time this group of people have all worked together. It’s imperative that we learn how to sing, play, dance and act together and the simple exercises help get us used to performing together. An added bonus is that they also improve our individual skills. Our junior drama group were doing some mirroring exercises this week. They are exercises I have done time and again as a teacher and student and although they seem simple, every time you do it, it helps you with your focus and control as well as getting used to working with others.

These are exercises that help you become a better performer so don’t dismiss them as basic and simple. Enjoy their familiarity and challenge yourself to get better and better each time. They’re helping you be the best you can be.

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Anna Kerrigan

Anna is the Artistic Director of ASPIRE, an audition-based drama, dance, music and creative and performing arts program produced by the Catholic Schools Office of Maitland-Newcastle.

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