It’s been a fun three weeks between those first few rehearsals. I left Windsor with a notebook full of ideas, video clips from rehearsal, and copies of our favorite myths for reference. Armed with all this, I wrote down a first draft of a script for us. The script is a living, breathing thing that will change as we go, but there is something grounding about seeing it all down on paper, almost like we’ve written a map, so we don’t get lost in the “creepy, dark forest” on our way to staging the show. We may still decide to follow the handsome woodsman (or any shiny object really!) off the path but that’s our choice and at least we have an idea of where we are going.
My favorite development from Week 1 is that we created a song for the show! One of the stories, Sadko and the Kingdom Under the Sea, is about a musician, so we thought, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could sing his story instead of tell it?”
Well, one of our actors, Michael, who is also a talented musician, told me if I wrote lyrics, he could help us figure out the music. So, we did it! The process of creating the song was really fun! Michael played a bunch of different styles and then we all tried to improvise melodies/ways to fit in the lyrics to the melody, some of the lyrics changed and adapted on the way. The result is a blast, complete with a catchy chorus if I do say so myself. There is still definitely work to be done, but we are so excited to have a myth project first: a song!
Stay tuned for next week when we begin staging!