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Forum: General Discussion 08-16-2014, 07:21 PM
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Well, tonight is closing night. And as I plan on being at the wrap party until it's time to start working on Monday morning sobriety, here's my final report on the show.

We've got this thing...
Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Week Two is in the can, and it was a mostly satisfying run this week, minus a clunky go on Thursday. The actors have tightened up their game, the sound mix is finally sorted, and I'm to the point...
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

The reason I say I "hate" act two is the energy and tone seem very uneven compared to act one. It's still a great show and the way our cast plays it, there are plenty of awesome moments. But it's not...
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Here's a better pic of the stage setup and the pit (which is actually between the stage and first row of seats). There is a catwalk going out over the seats in between the keys 2 player (at left) and...
Forum: General Discussion 08-03-2014, 10:51 PM
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Speaking of the "emotional song between the leads" -- it's easily the most challenging. In the middle it turns into this pretty complex shift between time signatures and feels, with three large fills...
Forum: General Discussion 08-03-2014, 10:35 PM
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

The opportunities are out there to get involved in local theater groups, and the benefit to starting there (as I did) are that the shows are usually less technically involved and the stakes (and...
Forum: General Discussion 08-01-2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

I can see everything from my seat, but there's so damn much music that I spend most of the time not watching... sigh.
Forum: General Discussion 08-01-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

The audience is actually seated on stage around the performers. We are off the side of the stage and packed into the space between the house's front rows and the stage. There's no "pit" proper in...
Forum: General Discussion 08-01-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

I have not been updating this thread as fervently as I did my thread last year for "Rocky Horror" because... well, life has been hell this week, as in extremely taxing.

My day job as a college...
Forum: General Discussion 07-23-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

So I've not posted an update on this thread for a few weeks, because work and life have been pretty chaotic. That has cut into my rehearsal time pretty drastically. I'm genuinely worried about this...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

First band rehearsal is in the can. Truth be told, I'm never happy with these rehearsals for several reasons:

1) We can't do full sound reinforcement in these rehearsals -- which means I end up...
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Well, after a bit of homework and some tinkering, discussions with the director and the MD... turns out I will not be using the Standards on this project after all. The Yammies will be back on deck....
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Neither. If you are not familiar with the musical (I wasn't), here's the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_Boy:_The_Musical

It's based in part on the infamous "bat boy" article in...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

I had them on the kit for Rocky Horror last year and I believe you noticed them then as well...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Oh come on Andy, you simply CAN'T do a musical without wind chimes. What would you have me do?
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 34
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Sort of. The summer musicals are all staged and seated on the stage. We will be behind the set or off the front of the stage. We will have audio and probably video monitoring.
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2014, 05:23 AM
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

So after two straight weeks of blues gigs, I am doing rehearsal venue bookings (as the hometown guy with the connections) and getting the kit mapped out for what I want to do.

The score has a bit...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Since this is year two of two, I guess you could say it is turning into a regular gig... only issue is, most of the bands in our region get really busy in the summer, and having this one gig almost...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

I can definitely agree with you on "Show You..." Missing any of those percussion cues throws the whole thing off the rails. Cool to hear from someone else who's played it. Thanks!
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Re: Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

I've had the score for a little over a week and I have been working on the songs represented on the soundtrack recording the producer provided for reference. While the song pipes into my IEMs I am...
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,344
Posted By alparrott
Summer musical 2014: Bat Boy!

Hi guys, it's time to start a thread about my summer musical experience. I've apparently become the "on-call drummer" for the local big theater and their edgy summer musicals. You may remember my...
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