Last weekend I was joined by Melissa Arasi, Conductor of the AGMC Women’s Chorus Project, and Christopher Repotski, co-creator and co-choreographer of No Rest for the Wicked: The Music of Stephen Schwartz for a filmed interview hosted by chorus president-elect Nathaniel Hodges. We met in a media studio on a local university campus and filmed a ten-minute behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming spring show, which promises to go down in the annals of the AGMC as one of its more memorable productions. Look for that interview here on our website in the days to come.
So what are we working on at the moment? We’ve had our first staging rehearsal and are well-underway with choreography and solo/ensemble rehearsals. Additionally, the AGMC Women’s Chorus Project is preparing for a fierce debut with a set of pieces from Wicked. Upcoming meetings at the 14th Street Playhouse to test-drive some technical elements are scheduled and a detailed script of the show is being finalized. One of our biggest challenges, as those of you who know the space might imagine, is to fit a 100-voice chorus onto the main stage of this intimate venue. But we are clever that way, and are excited by the fact that the intimacy will make the show have an even greater impact.
What’s more, we just completed a test-drive of our visuals. AGMC enters the world of projection with this show, which includes stunning visuals to accompany our selections, and a splash of animation! We’re very excited by the technology available to us at the 14th St. Playhouse and are looking forward to creating not only great music, but great visuals for you as well.
So what music ARE we doing, you might ask? Well, as we emphasized in the interview, we don’t want to give too much away, but I think SOME teasers are in order. Of course we will rollick the house with a rousing medley from Godspell to open the show: “Prepare Ye,” “Day By Day,” “All Good Gifts”, “We Beseech Thee,” and “All For the Best.” If you liked our crazy choreography from “Modern Major General” in our Divas II concert, you’ll love what choreographer Kyle Jordan has cooked up for that last tune. Another highlight from the first act is a medley of music and lyrics from animated films, including The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. (In the case of the latter two, Schwartz wrote lyrics for Alan Menken’s music). You’ll hear “God Help the Outcasts”, “Just Around the River Bend,” and “Colors of the Wind.” It’s not always easy to get Disney music licensed, but through Stephen’s office, that’s been made possible and we’re excited to perform original, sanctioned arrangements of these tunes. I must admit that I’m partial to these since I was the one lucky enough to do the arranging. Finally, we’re bringing you lots of music from Wicked. You’ll have to stick around for the second act for that. No hint of wickedness appears in the first act — not even the color green. We promise to deliver on some favorites, however, including “Popular,” “For Good”, “One Short Day,” and of course “Defying Gravity” — all with a live band and full sound support from the playhouse’s brand new sound system that now incorporates above-stage choral mics. Just a taste of what you can expect.
Tickets are now on sale, and you’ll want to get them soon. We expect nothing short of a sell-out. Go to our home page here and you’ll be directed to the online box office where you can ensure that you’ll have the best seats.