Saturday, August 8, 2009
Watching a Master at Work…
With 29 songs in the show, music is a very important part of the rehearsal process. Add to that complex harmonies, daily edits, the addition of an underscore track, changing time signatures… and you’ve got your work cut out for you! But watching Music Director Karl Mansfield at work makes it look as easy as breathing. He brings a joy and skill to the room that gives ease to the actors and allows room for questions or changes. It’s a total joy to watch him work.
Add to that the “compose on the fly” style when Wade sees an opportunity to fine tune or refine, and the rehearsal process gets very exciting. The moments of discovery are beautiful. And when the sound is full the goose bumps suddenly appear.