Saturday, 27 August 2016

2084 Behind The Scenes

Bree and Clare, our stage manager and cast member
Whatchoo lookin' at, Choo??
The awesome musos I got to work with!

Sarah joins the party!
"Yo, like, we should, like, form a band or somethin'."
Our guitarist eats Sarah's head.

Um whatcha doin' there, Ned?
Scenes from within the wooden box we were confined to ;)


Our tromboner sees the light.
Her directive says:"Just start when Nick glares at me because I'm not playing it."

Monday, 22 August 2016

2084 Over And Out!

So we're back. Can you believe it? Time just zipped by, and the biggest thing that has happened over the past few weeks has been the coming (and going) of my new musical 2084!! Yes, it's come (and gone!)... just like that, haha! We had three pretty well-attended days from last Thursday till Saturday, and the feedback (for the most part) has been very positive. Me, I'm feeling that mix of both happiness and sadness that it's over... the timeframe I'd had to work with was taxing (as evidenced by some of my posts below, but it's largely resolved now, so let's move on); but I also think the music is some of my most interesting and creative (especially under the pressure), so it's a bit of a shame there wasn't a larger audience (yet) to see the show. Still, as with all shows we have more plans afoot for it; so fingers crossed it all pans out.

The darkly awesome set created by Allison Bell
What else happened? Last weekend I did a little housewarming/home gathering with Carol, Bernie, Scott and Beatty, and we did a Skype chat with Josie and Jude who are overseas. That was pretty cool, though we didn't take any photos, aw. The rest of the time has been spent with  me looking after this house (where I've been home alone for the past two weeks or so, with another three weeks approximately remaining as FIFO guy and Wifo have been away on holiday); balanced with rehearsals with the band and the cast, followed by intensive week last Monday leading up to showtime on Thursday. What a rush!

There should be lots of pics and stuff that I'll share over the next few days as I gradually get back up to speed on what's been going on. In the meantime, let's start with a couple of promos that were created for the show. First up, a teaser with live footage and pics, courtesy of Taylor Gilbert:


And then I, too, created a little teaser promo, with live performances and pics but pre-programmed music (the band wasn't there that day):


There have also been a couple of articles on the show; firstly this preview in Out In Perth, an LGBTQ website; and then a review of opening night of the show!

Finally (for now) here are some pics of the cast during dress rehearsal, again courtesy of Taylor Gilbert. You may check out more of the photos in his public FB folder. Till my next update... stay tuned!






Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Ugh. Snarl.

Hey all. It's been a rough few days, as you can probably tell from my previous post below. I'm feeling the pressure of completing all the music work for 2084, which is opening just around the corner, but it's a bit more than that. The amount of work isn't any more stressful than the work I've done for previous projects (such as last year's travesty, that musical that shalt not be named); but I guess it's a combo of being away from home; not really being paid much; having a PhD theoretically looming over my head; not feeling 100% health wise (teeth issues and stress-related manifestations) and missing Ashley and Kerbie tremendously. Oh, and there've been some smaller dramas back home too, apparently with my bro having quit his job at Starbucks and mum recently having had her handbag snatched. All in all, not a great time. Not a great time at all.

(Related: See https://www.facebook.com/nickchoo/posts/10153717015140918).

Last Tuesday was really rough... I had rehearsal with the cast, and (without going into details) at a certain point I lost my patience and kinda snapped at someone, which resulted in tears and people leaving the room. Truly not my finest hour. Then there were reprimands, and all sorts of emotional turmoil. I'm only mentioning this as a record of stuff that went down, which is why I'm not going to elaborate any further (the sanctity of the rehearsal space and whatnot), but it's mostly been resolved now, though I'm still feeling kinda grotty emo-wise, lots of ups and downs; and while I know it's probably not true, I'm not feeling particularly close to the cast right now (haven't seen them since it happened). On the plus side, the band is doing pretty well, so there's that.

Sigh. Sometimes I wonder if it's all just me. Am I the cause of all the dramas behind every show I get involved in? The record seems to show that I might be. Why do I do this? Is this a form of self-sabotage because I don't think I deserve to reach greater heights? What's it all about, I ask you? What's it all about?

Anyway. Hopefully as we get closer to show date, and once it's over, things will look a lot clearer for me. Right now, though, it's a struggle, and I think not having Ash and Kerb around are a big factor too (see https://www.facebook.com/nickchoo/posts/10153717154380918). Fingers crossed things will look up. Until then...