Here is Behind-the-Scenes Super Secrets #2: Music!
One important part of those drafts is developing the music and the lyrics, and that's what I'll focus on today. I write the lyrics (the words in songs) and the melody (the main tune, the series of notes that go up and down -- and that get stuck in your head) for songs in Compass Creative Dramatics scripts. As I work on lyrics and melodies, there are a couple of things I try to keep in mind.
1) Compass students have to learn fast. Right? Once the show is cast on Monday, we might go through a scene or two together that afternoon. But after that, each group in the cast gets to meet with one of our educators for just an hour or two on Tuesday to learn the entire show - that means all of your scenes, songs, and dances.
2) Catchy is a good thing. After we teach you your scenes, songs, and dances, we let you know that it is imperative (that means very, very important) that you go home and review them on your own or with your families, so that you are ready for rehearsal the next day. If you walk out of Alice in Wonderland rehearsal with, say, "It's a Fine Day for a Picnic" stuck in your head (and you will!), it makes it that much easier for you to remember your melody and lyrics so that you can rehearse at home.
Once I've written (most) of the music, we'll bring on an arranger -- someone with the musical skills to take the melody I've created for your voices, and add an instrument (or two, or three, or twelve) to back it up. With Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, we opted to go for one instrument -- piano.
Since Josh lives in Wisconsin, we relied a lot on email to send files back and forth, make notes, and communicate changes. I sent him the original melodies, as well as thought about feelings I wanted people to have listening to the accompaniment, and anything other notes about the song.
Here is an excerpt (a small piece of a larger hole) from the original notes I sent Josh along with mp3s of the melodies.
I. Can't. Wait.
But for now, IN TWO DAYS we begin Summer Camp 2014 -- The Wizard of Oz. We are going to have four spectacular weeks of Munchkins, Flying Monkees, Winkies, and of course, Dorothy, Toto, and all of their friends.
Bedford, IN (July 7-11)
Sheboygan, WI (July 14-18)
Waukegan, IL (July 21-25)
Chicago, IL (August 4-8)
I can't wait to see you!
j/k j/k. He's the dude on the left.