Sunday, December 09, 2007

sweet nymph

There's this duet near the beginning of the second act - two women sing Sweet Nymph, Come to Thy Lover. During the intermission of the first show today, E.My realized she had no voice. There's some nasty laryngitis going around, and today was her day.

So in the first show, a musician played one part on recorder while reading music taped to R.Carl's back. And for the second show? I learned it. Yes, in a hall with about 1,000 people in it, on a nearly empty stage, I sang a duet by reading my part off someone's back. And if I do say so myself, I rocked it. E.My and R.Carl were both really great - E.My passed on her voice teacher's coaching during intermission, and R.Carl followed my tempo and my pauses, and, gosh, it just worked. It probably went better than any solo I've ever done.

I got a tiny bit nervous during the song, but basically it was ok. Keys to my success included: I was in costume, so it wasn't *really* me; nobody else has fainted from terror during the Christmas show, so I figured I probably wouldn't, either; and when we were in the wings waiting to go on, I kept myself occupied by making R.Carl laugh, rather than being nervous/terrified. Fortunately, she is a nice girl and laughs at everything.

And for the rest of the show, I was basically in shock. In fact, I'm not sure I will ever get over this.

ADDING, later in the week: This was me on Monday.

11 comments:

J.Bro said...

Whoah - in a baseball analogy, would this be like Babe Ruth pulling a muscle with a 3-2 count and you pinch-hitting a home run on the next pitch? Did your team of revels win the game?

towwas said...

Yep! We're undefeated, man!

grrrbear said...

Sweet! You're the Matt Schaub of revels now. Justs *think* of the money you'll make in free agency next season!

erin*carly said...

i sat in the audience [for the first time, woo!] for this performance, and although i knew what was happening in that scene, i couldn't *tell* it was happening. the staging worked wonderfully, as a lower-class woman probably would have stood back from an upper class anyway, especially near the Queen. and the removal of the pinned music was hidden superbly.

T, you sounded amazing. i was so proud of you. :)

Amanda K said...

Congratulations!

I had no idea this was so huge! I just assumed that with your fabulous voice the solo was no big deal. That's fabulous, what a birthday treat!

_Amanda Kirby

towwas said...

Yeah...it was pretty huge. I have a nice voice and all, but I haven't sung a solo in a while, and of course R.Carl and I were supposed to sound good together, too. (She and E.My started practicing in September.) And also, I didn't know the song. So, yeah...pretty big deal. :)

J-Vo said...

happy birthday!

J.Po said...

Happy birthday?!? What? Did I miss your birthday again? Ugh...

Congrats on your phabulous ability to fill in! I accidentally spelled fabulous in an incorrect, but awesome, way...so I kept it. WEE!

towwas said...

J.Po, I love how you spell. My birthday was Saturday. :)

Sophist said...

Wow, congratulations on the huge spontaneous solo!!!!! That is truly awesome!!!!! And happy birthday!

miss shirley said...

As I said before - baby, you're a stah...I'm sad I had to miss it but so very happy for you that you rocked it.