ASPIRE BLOG: Loving live performance!

I had the very great pleasure of being in the audience at DioSounds last Thursday evening. Our secondary schools certainly didn’t disappoint with a fabulous evening of musical performance.

You could see every student was absolutely loving the experience of performing on the Civic Theatre stage. Afterwards I saw a number of Aspire students outside and the rush they had gotten from the performance was obvious.

It’s that rush, that sense of accomplishment, that energy that I love about live performance. It’s one thing to act to a camera and give a good performance, but to stand on a stage and feel the energy from the audience and your fellow performers and just in the air around you is something else. It’s the reason I got into the business in the first place.

It’s getting to the end of term and inevitably the cast are tired. Rehearsals are pretty hectic at the moment and we’re asking people to be switched on and retain a large amount of information. Some things are changing for the 50th time. It feels difficult. On Tuesday, when I asked the vocalists to do a particularly difficult piece there was an audible groan, which I understand. Believe me, I’ve been there.

So now is the time you have to really remind yourself what you’re working towards. The live performance. The experience in the Civic Theatre. The rush of doing something really well in front of a large audience. You need to find the love in every piece you’re doing. If there’s a song you don’t really like, you need to find something to enjoy about it, one phrase you enjoy playing, a character you like working with, something to look forward to in each and every section of the show.

We have 21 hours of rehearsal time left before we hit the Civic and all the other elements of production come into play. Lighting, sound, special effects, set, props, the dressing rooms, quick costume changes, make up - the list is endless. The actual material you’re performing needs to already be at near performance level so you can layer all the extra stuff on top. So remember a time you’ve given a great performance and channel that feeling into rehearsals as much as you can now.

We’re getting close to the really cool part (of course, it’s all been cool but I’m talking really, really cool!). There is just a little bit more hard work to put in before we get there and if we all dig in it’s going to be so worth it!

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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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