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School not wanting a 'cabaret' Christmas Concert

Discussion in 'Music' started by starfluf, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Hi all

    We have a new faculty structure in place - so our HoF is keen for a faculty Christmas Concert (I thought great - bit of dance, bit of drama, takes the pressure off a bit!). However turns out the 'school doesn't want a 'cabaret' style concert..... and instead a themed concert on a well known Christmas story (basically a re-worked porduction). Am I wrong in thinking what's wrong with a normal concert???
  2. Nothing wrong with a normal concert at all, I don't really understand what your HoF wants to do tbh. Are they suggesting a themed cabaret or a panto? Isn't it also a little bit late to be leaving this decision until now?
  3. nikkib_1986

    nikkib_1986 New commenter

    Hi JennyMus!

    I have the pleasure of working with Starfluf. We had decided to work as a faculty rather than just leaving everything to the music department which is what normally happens. The theme is that we put together our own version of a Christmas Carol with music and drama involved, but as you mention it is rather late to be thinking of putting this together so you can probably imagine our shock when we read the email this afternoon. Original music and script ready in 4 weeks? I don't think so!
  4. I would just say, "I think that's a great idea for next year" and hope they forget about it. And perhaps the music department quite like it when it is left to the music department to put on concerts. If I'm honest, I even wince when the Fair Trade Society announce that they are going to have a stall at the interval because I'm not in charge of that.
  5. I think the idea is fine but putting this in place in 4 weeks is asking for trouble, unless of course they are going to give you a large amount of additional rehearsal time.

    If this is a definite and the two of you have no choice why don't you explore repertoire that already exists to tell the story and go for more of a jukebox musical. I can't see how you're going to get through it if not.

    There are several musicals that have been written and while you obviously don't have the rights to perform one in its entirety you can use some of the musical material (up to three numbers staged and costumed).

    There's a show called 'Scrooge' in addition to the Menken 'A Christmas Carol'. There are also random numbers such as 'Christmas Lullaby' from 'Songs for a New Wolrd' which has a chorus that would work for a choir with a good lead on the main section. There's also songs such as 'My Grown up Chirstmas List' and 'Believe' amongst several from the movie Polar Bear Express.

    Any good?
  6. This is typical commercial cheese but if you've got some decent vocal soloists they can take the majority of the songs and you can slip some simple choral arrangements in.




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FxEVFNicPU (Tiny Tim?)




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAeBNBHTQ-c (could also add your own dialogue in the middle to replace the original)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeuLTEXazJs (could adapt the lyric)
  7. LennoxBerkeley

    LennoxBerkeley New commenter

    If you were planning anything like the caberets I've been to at the Rocket Club I fully understand your schools position.

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