Voctave performs Beauty and the Beast with legendary special guest Sandi Patty!
Arranged by: Jamey Ray
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Video filmed at Rollins College
Featured on the album "Broadway and Main Street"
Kate Lott Tiffany Coburn Ashley Espinoza Sarah Whittemore E.J. Cardona Jamey RayKurt von Schmittou Jacob C Fullerton Karl Hudson Sandi Patty Tony De Rosa, Chrystal Johnson
you are on stage, your director stands before you...
you have rehearsed the minutiae of every nuance to within an inch of it’s life and feel confident in your skill and polish ..
you have searched for lyrical meaning - you have matched it equally with vocal sophistication ..
you are trying to tell the truth captured in the lyric and magnified by the music ...
..... but there is a person in front of you - between you and the audience - giving you technical cues in an effort to keep the performance flowing at it’s highest level ...
do you -
a.) rely on a rehearsed facade that you hide behind while focusing on following your director, hoping the audience doesn’t see you thinking?
b.) blur out the director and do your own thing, completely throwing yourself into giving your all, based on what you remember about what you’ve rehearsed .. - possibly for the first time ever at that intensity, now that you are on stage?
c.) bounce back and forth between following your director and blurring out your director so you can ‘Feel free” of technique, and come off with a well rehearsed half commitment to one or the other?
several things come to mind here ..
the first being - your director is a musician, having a musical experience too, but is the only musician on stage that never makes a sound ...
now just think about that for a moment.
You are on stage, trying to let the music burst from you in an emotionally charged expression that is clear to the meaning you intend, whilst watching someone experience the same music in a different way, but making no sound, and all the while hoping to reach past yourself, past the director, out to the people in the audience who are also silent, and probably not moving a muscle, all while you are probing for energy to help fuel you .......
how do you negotiate the taking in of the experience before you, whilst dedicating yourself to the giving of all you have?
there are, of course, too many facets to comprehend in a simple page post here .. but i am sure even just considering this complexity will make you more aware and smarter as your perceptions deepen ..
what if we tried something simple first to get us started .. what if we built into our rehearsal technique, the concept of singing and performing — how about giving the music we can sense in others as a primary focus and allowing ourselves to be enhanced by that impression? How do we rehearse taking in our organic surroundings? .. for we know it will change us once the lights go up - are we prepared for it at that level? ..
... or do we staunchly stick to what we rehearse .. batten down the hatches and hold our well rehearsed ground?
how exactly DO we rehearse flexibility in performance?
what i am suggesting is, sing through the instinct of the musicians around you, on purpose, in order to broaden your musical and performance perception .... musical inclusion, if you will ... seeing the director and the audience as a part of your expression, equally.
Your willingness to be artistically and subtly change by the organic around you, might make you a more receptive performer which enhances your ability to be a more giving performer in turn ...
have fun playing with this ...
i await the comments based on your research :)