27 November, 2017

The Hills are alive with the sound of Music!

Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Singin’ In The Rain 8-piece band of musicians are into the final week of rehearsals ahead of opening night this Friday, 1 December at 7pm

Headed up by Musical Director Dougie Flower, (pictured rehearsing with Mari McGinlay who takes the Debbie Reynolds role of Kathy Seldon) the band will be bringing 1920s Hollywood sizzle to Pitlochry, live on stage, afternoons and evenings until the final show on Saturday, 23 December. Dougie, now a well-known face at PFT, has been preparing for this, his fourth winter Musical, following White Christmas in 2012, Miracle On 34th Street in 2014 and last year’s festive hit show, Scrooge!

Explaining the musical preparations for such an iconic stage show, Dougie said:

“The rehearsal period lasts 3 weeks. We do up to 3 session days depending on how things are going. The first few days are very musically intensive as we start the rehearsal process by learning all the songs before going on to blocking scenes and then putting it all together.

Towards the end of the rehearsal process, I run three 3 hour band calls with the seven other musicians who form our amazing band. Then we have the sitzprobe, which is when the cast and band rehearse together for the first time. This is usually the single best rehearsal of the whole process – hearing everything come together musically for the first time is a brilliant experience.

Now we’re into tech week. This starts with three 12 hour days when we go through the whole show on stage sorting out all the lighting, sound and other technical things. This involves going over and over small sections at a time until all the sound and lighting cues are perfect and any issues with the set, costumes or props are sorted out. We don’t have the band in for these days so I spend three lonely days by myself in the band truck. It’s pretty important to remember to take a good book and a torch on these days as there’s lots of sitting about while problems are solved. Then the band rejoins us and we have two dress rehearsals on Thursday before opening the show this Friday 7pm.”

PFT’s band comes with first-class credits and playing experience, including BBC Television and Radio, West End and touring productions from Chicago to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Beauty And The Beast, The Producers and concerts for performers such as Mica Paris, Ruthie Henshall and more.

So, the instruments are tuning, the overture will soon strike up… it’s time to take your seats!

If you’ve been meaning to book but not got around to it yet, now’s the time!

Don’t miss your PFT Christmas, feel-good injection! With most matinées already sold out and many more performances with limited seats, call our Box Office team on 01796 484626 to book your tickets, or click here to book online.

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