Brendan Milburn is the composer of Sleeping Beauty Wakes and a member of GrooveLily, a pop/rock band. The post below is published with permission from Brendan, and courtesy of GrooveLily’s website. For details, visit:
Okay, I shouldn’t be writing this. I should be sleeping. But today was so great.
Firstly, we have a rehearsal pianist, Chris Ertelt. What this means is he can go over parts to the songs with the non-patients while I set up in another room and write with Val. This is heaven. Thank you, McCarter, for making it possible for Chris to be here while I write and write and write and write and write some more.
Here’s where we set up at first: the green room. Nobody else was there yet, and we’d dropped Mose off at school—nothing to do but show up and actually do the work.
Then, stage management and interns of various stripes started showing up and unlocking doors, and Val set up in another room because it’s annoying being around me when I’m thwapping on a two-octave keyboard and humming and laughing when I come up with something I like.
Before rehearsal began, Michele Sammarco, Prop Master (mistress? master.) and a friendly guy whose name I didn’t catch maneuvered a big spinning wheel into the rehearsal room. I got all excited and had to start snapping pictures.
And then the actors started arriving and we had to buckle down. And buckle down we did.
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