Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical

Director’s Blog – First Week of Rehearsals So after months of planning we have finally got the big pink bus on the road to the South Holland Centre! Before I get down to telling you my thoughts on our first two rehearsals, it is with real regret that I have to start off with some very sad news. At the beginning of the new year one of my friends and an ex SADOS member sadly passed away; Paul Cherry was an incredibly talented actor and I had the pleasure of working along side him in panto. He was one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. On behalf of team Priscilla and SADOS, our sincere sympathies go out to Paul’s family & friends. He truly was an incredible man. We had our first rehearsal on Sunday with the plan being to focus on music and dance for the first 8 weeks. I have to admit that I got so excited I ended up going to The Shed an hour and half before the rehearsal started (sad I know). I say this but technically only half an hour early as the venue needs an hour to warm up! I managed to get two heaters on and then it was time to set up the keyboard. Taking the cover off I discovered there was no power pack and after frantically looking around for it, with just 10 minutes before the start of the rehearsal it was found. I was so relieved because it would’ve been very hard for our MD Amber to teach ‘It’s Raining Men’ without a keyboard. I plugged it in and it powered up okay but after a couple of minutes it was clear something was very wrong… THERE WAS NO SOUND! I knew we had the rehearsal CD recorded by our Band Director Karl Gernert but we still needed the keyboard to play the harmonies. Luckily Jess (one of our Divas) had a virtual piano. I have to say the cast coped really well considering all the technical hiccups we had. It just shows you can do all the planning in the world but still can’t predict every problem you may face. The blending on the singing is already sounding great, even though they have only had one rehearsal together. In other news, Charlie was introduced to his new rehearsal puppets made by the very talented Patsy. Everyone fell in love with them and I’m pretty sure they have already been named ‘Ru’ and ‘Paul’. On Tuesday we turned to dance. All I can say is you’re all in for a real treat; ‘It’s Raining Men’ meets ‘The Dream Boys’. Abbi has really come up with a visual feast for you all. I have also introduced two Dance Captains -Dom will be Dance Captain for the girls and Mark will be Dance Captain for the boys. I know they will both be a real asset to the show and a big help to Abbi in the coming weeks. On the whole, rehearsals are already starting to take shape and I’m looking forward to writing further blogs on everything Priscilla. Just before I sign off for another week, I want to let you know it’s not too late to join our Priscilla family, so if you know anyone who may like to get involved, please put them in touch with us. Thank you for taking the time to read my little blog & make sure you come back next week for the next instalment! Rob Nicholls Director