Thursday, 9 May 2013

Life in the Pit~

This is not my first time performing in a pit band. In the years that I have played the french horn I have provided music for productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Guys & Dolls, West Side Story and Oklahoma. But I will admit, being a part of the production of Les Mis at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, is a highlight for me! The music is spectacular! The performances onstage are shaping up to be the same.

The pit band has just joined the cast in rehearsals, and for the next couple of weeks before Opening Night on May 24th, we will be working hard to mix together to make one heck of a performance for the audience! The cast is made up of community members of all walks of life that exude talent! The pit band is made up of professional and semi professional musicians. The majority are local music teachers.

For this production they have opened up the actual pit at the Savoy Theatre, it's been decades since it has been used for anything but storage. The photo below is the view that I have from the pit. We can see very little. The audience will not be able to see us at all, unless you come up the front and peek in. If anyone out there is at one of the performances, please do come and say Hi either before the show or at intermission.

The pit band consists of 2 keyboards, 2 flutes, 1 harp, 1 trombone, 1 trumpet, 1 tuba, 1 oboe, 2 horns, 1 clarinet and percussion. Plus our musical director who keeps us all in line with what's going on onstage.

Due to popular demand, the production has added another show to the original schedule. Here are the show dates:

Friday May 24th
Saturday May 25th
Sunday May 26th
Tuesday May 28th
Wednesday May 29th
All show times are at 7pm.

So if you have not yet gotten your tickets for this top notch production, do it soon! You won't be disappointed! For more information check out the link below. Hope to see you there!

Check out the video trailer for the production here:

1 comment:

  1. WOW!!!! Congrats! I can just imagine your excitement! You must be "wired for sound" I think that the view from the pit is beautiful..I love the ceiling. I can only imagine what the rest of the theater must look like!
    Hope you keep us all updated!
    Have a great day!
    Sue O


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