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The latest from Debbie:

Please don’t get in a mindset that because many of us have done Pirates before, it doesn’t matter if rehearsals are missed.

We decided to do Pirates because we had lost a lot of rehearsal time in the Spring/early Summer and who knows, we may have the risk that we lose rehearsal time in the Autumn. So the more we get right and/or learn at this stage the better.  

If you haven’t got a score, no worries. Between Edwin, Maureen and the Edwards’s, there are plenty going spare plus photocopies of the Act 1 and Act II finales.   

So to repeat, here’s the measures we are taking:

  • Do not attend if you feel unwell or if you think you might have or have been exposed to COVID
  • People will be sitting in their voice parts in the church pews (not the choir stalls) – roughly two rows per part and staggered at a distance from each other 
  • If those in social bubbles want to sit together please do
  • We strongly suggest people keep apart from other and feel free to wear a mask if you want to (when not singing)
  • Bring your own refreshments and keep your belongings with you
  • Toilets will be available
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser to use before, during, after the rehearsal
  • If you feel ill after the rehearsal, let me (Debbie) know ASAP and get tested
  • Please we will be doing a register of attendees – but you can use the NHS app – QR at main entranc

From Lauarnce K:

Those of us who will be singing in the chorus of Pirates - and I suppose the principals will be able to join in on occasions - this might be helpful https://www.arjentium.com/index.php?pg=gs_practice_pirates for learning - memorising - the music. Remember, we are going to perform the concerts without use of vocal scores.

You can hear your line against the accompaniment for every song in which the chorus is involved, over and over again, how ever many times it takes. You can change the speed and also, when you're ready, you can sing along with all parts playing.

But it doesn't give you the words so you'll need a vocal score. If you don't have one, new and second-hand copies can be bought through Amazon and eBay and probably lots of other places. I am, though, hoping to hire some soon and they'll be available for a returnable deposit.

A reminder that auditions for principal roles are on 8 September and details of what's expected of auditioners will be sent soon.