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COUNTDOWN ...3 rehearsals

posted May 1, 2011, 9:48 PM by Kathy Scheel
Just 3 rehearsals til we're in Spokane.  Can't you believe it?  What an exciting time in our year ... the sound continues to build each week (along with the excitement), and the visual plan is getting more and more polished.  So these last 3 rehearsals will be just honing the little details and making sure you know exactly what to expect.  That's why it's VERY IMPORTANT TO COME TO REHEARSAL - I would like to have EVERYONE on the risers at least once before we get to Spokane! 

So start drinking LOTS MORE WATER --- every day, make it a habit to drink plenty of water and allow your body (and vocal cords) to get used to the increased intake.  Your instrument will be well lubricated - and that's especially important with it being allergy season.  Many allergy medicines dry out the mucous so it's important to drink even more water if you're taking meds for allergies.  If you use lozenges, be sure they are non-menthol (the menthol has a drying effect that is not good for the voice).

Watch yourself in the mirror and see if you are changing facial expressions often, moving your body with the musical highs & lows, keeping hands at your sides most of the time on the ballad, making sure you are smiling and looking extremely happy on both songs.

Also be sure to try on your complete costume before Saturday.  If you need a new all-in-one, go get it.  Those chorus pants are not "forgiving" when it comes to unsightly bulges so be sure your undergarment takes care of that for you :)   Collect all your costume pieces (including collars, earrings, black matte socks, shoes).  Practice a few times in your full costume so you know how it feels and how it looks.  It's fun --- in fact, I've put on my costume a couple of times and fixed my hair, put on extra makeup, and went thru the whole package just this weekend.  I want to know exactly what I am doing and what I look like doing it!  Boy, I' don't want to be unpleasantly surprised when I see the video - yikes! 

So --  visualize tonight, and prepare yourself mentally before you get to rehearsal on Thursday.  And vocalize every single day - even if it's just 15 minutes of vocalizing, it will help you build  your vocal strength, stamina, range, and control. 

I love you all and am so very proud of each of you!

Kathy

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