30 June 2014
Welcome back to our last blog before the big performance of Noye’s Fludde … we have been having a very busy and exciting time planning the final stages of the performance, rehearsing and building the set. Soon we will move to the Bath and West showground to rehearse in the performance space and get a feel for the huge space …so dip into this issue and learn as much as you can before the big day!
Take a look through these windows to discover new information and facts - click on the images below
Who's Aboard? Who's getting on the ark this edition.
Nature Beautiful ... we visit the Amazon, meet some animals and learn of some threats to their habitat ... watch Coco the gorilla with actor Robin Williams, learn about the Greenhouse Effect.
Ahoy There! Meet Soong, Gideon, Gwendolyn and Karen, our four superb musicians of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Artcycle ... more exciting ways to create Art in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way . .. learn about a bamboo bicycle ... a lady creating light from plastic bottles ... meet the amazing artist Andy Goldsworthy ... and have a think about rainbows …
Factfile … discover the instruments of the orchestra, learn about the special orchestra for Noye and look at the superb percussion section.
News from the Levels Matilda Temperley's edition 6 photograph and more news.
... go on! See what’s out there in those windows!
Who’s Aboard? 6
Nature Beautiful 6
Ahoy There! 6
News from the Levels 6
We have been so incredibly busy at Brookside over the last 10 days.
On 6th July we had our very first big orchestral rehearsal. We worked together all day and by going home time things were already very well in shape.
Intensive rehearsals for the core members of the cast began at 10 am on Monday 7th July. This was the first time everyone met ... a very special moment ...
We have worked 10-5pm every day, joining with the Brookside pupils to rehearse processions as well as the all important solo sections ... on 17th July, we moved into the performance space at the Bath and West....soloists began first, then Brookside arrived in ten coaches and spent a day working with Charles, Simon and the Orchestra.....be sure to look at the final blog to see the gallery of photos from the final rehearsal and the performance.
Vocal warm ups
Rehearsing in the performance space
Eleanor Westbrook as God
MRS NOAH'S THOUGHTS ON MR NOAH ... AND THE WEATHER
Still raining ... torrents, floods, spates, downpours ... at least a deluge .... Running out of words for rain. The neighbours are getting very friendly and being awfully helpful with the animals ... then the talk always seems to come round to how many of them could fit into the ark if we left most of those wretched creeping animals out ... No way, says Noah. Who’s laughing now, says I. Not Jehovah, says Noah. We are all going to move onto the ark today, with all the creeping things and the clean things and the unclean things ... the water is over our waders now and there is no way we can use the barbecue outside ...
Just when it couldn’t get any wetter, the water comes up as well as down .. springs bursting out all over the place, water rising fast, I could swear the ark is floating .. better not to swear, says Noah, considering Jehovah’s views on bad behaviour, depravity and general wickedness ... We’re off, I think, all of us afloat in Noah’s gopher-wood ark, me and Noah, the boys and their wives, the clean animals and the unclean animals and all their food and fodder and the barbecue on the upper deck although it does make the goats nervous ... No idea what is going to become of us ... although Noah seems quite
smug calm about it all; he’s even packed his special dove in case he needs to send a message or check out what’s going on out there ... Keeping my fingers crossed ... might not be able to write for a while ...
The day of our performance is the first day of the Big Butterfly Count. Why don’t you see how many butterflies you can count at the Bath and West in the party celebrations after our performance of Noye’s Fludde …
Make sure you ...
visit in two weeks time to see the gallery of photos from our brilliant performance ... I wonder what the weather will be like?