Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Theatre of the (Relatively) Talentless

As I've mentioned, our law school puts on a musical every year.1 Last year, the show was Wally Wonka and the Lawyer Factor, a spoof on... anyone?, anyone? That's right, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the creepy Gene Wilder version, not the creepy Johnny Depp version). The year before that was Law Wars, which I believe was based on Gandhi, and the year before that was The Wizard of Fritz, based on some movie made by Liza Minelli's mom.

This year, we're doing a West Side Story show... and rehearsal has been going OK, but I don't know how we are going to get the entire show down in a form that is entertaining. Granted, we call ourselves the Theater of the Relatively Talentless (aka T.O.R.T., aren't we clever?), so the expectations shouldn't be too high, but right now I can't even sing through the songs without the sheet music (and I'm just a chorus member with like, three lines), let alone sing and dance without looking like a complete jackass.

I guess what I'm really saying is if you're here in Minnesota, try to make it over to the show on March 2-4, because either we'll pull it off, and the show will be awesome... or we'll fall on our face, and that will be funny too.

1 As a complete aside, as I was writing this post, a professor was describing what a blog is to get us to read the Enron Trial Blog for my Corporations class. It was spooky... being told about blogs for class while I was blogging during class.


At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I felt similarly about the show last year - thought the script was funny, but that everything else was a mess. It all comes together during dress rehearsal week, you know, approximately.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Unreasonable Man said...

Good to know... and actually, everything seems to be run rather well. The musical director is on top of things, the choreographers have things ready to go, and the director, for the most part, has a vision for the show.

But, it seems like at this early point, nobody is really working that hard or really cares that much (including me), so it is just kind of slapped together right now. But, I'm glad to hear that dress rehearsals make thing a little smoother. And if we can be as successful as the show was last year, we'll be doing alright.

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's great about TORT is that inexperienced people can be involved. Or relatively inexperienced people...christ, I have to design all the lights - I haven't done that since high school, and never alone. It's going to be awesome.

Shows always get pulled together in the last week. It'll be great, as usual.


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