We are halfway through March, which means we are halfway through our rehearsals, and doesn’t each session come thick and fast.
Over the past few weeks we have rehearsed and learnt a whole host of scenes from Stamford Bridge, Field of the Cloth of Gold, Norman Conquest, Knights of the Roundtable, Georgian Harvest, Christmas Truce and finally once again yesterday’s rehearsal was the popular Miners Gala.
But for my role within the cast this is only a small part of what Kynren is all about, as many of our rehearsals cross over with cast members throughout the various teams within different scenes.
Whilst all remaining teams of both cast and crew throughout Kynren make their own preparations, and deliver their elements of what will become another fantastic summer of live shows to wow each visitor.
So how have the rehearsals been?
For me and I’d imagine for most, fun would be a great descriptive word.
Challenging would be another one too, especially where I am concerned.
It’s become very apparent for me during not only this season’s rehearsals but also last year’s too, that surprisingly I really lack co-ordination skills.
However, I’m not overly concerned this year, having spent last year taking part in cast rehearsals and having the first-hand experience of the people you stand beside who have each delivered show stopping shows, you can walk out of each rehearsal with added confidence and vigour.
Knowing that despite your own challenge you face to learn and remember each scene of choreography, your teammates beside you were not only in the position you currently are but they have gone on to become seasoned professionals and experienced hands in Kynren.
Despite not taking part last summer in the actual shows, I feel I have benefitted greatly from taking part in the rehearsals last year, I can step into each rehearsal without a fear of dread at what we might have to do, or what we might have to learn, and quite frankly that dread of could I actually do it.
Rehearsals at Kynren currently take place most days, there’s always a team from either the cast or crew on site to learn, experience and perfect aspects of their role on the project.
For me, and my teammates of Team 7 this year, we return this afternoon for our next challenge to see what our amazing choreography team have come up for us this year when we learn ‘The Mines’ scene.
Each Archer and every visitor will have their own favourite scenes throughout the show, I remember even last year saying as I watched it, “I love this scene”, “This one’s my favourite”, only for it to be followed by something just as mesmerising and heartfelt.
However, in regards to ‘The Mines’ scene, it’s a scene that does stand out, it means something, it tells it’s story about our history, our heritage and our communities, it’s a scene I want to get right, and I scene I want to deliver on.
So what’s next?
After today a short break before returning back on Friday to take part in 9 further scene rehearsals over 5 days, setting us up nicely to experience something brand new for myself and all new Archers, that opportunity to take all of our newly developed skills and take them into stage rehearsals in late April.
The stage rehearsals for me are my most favourite time of Kynren; pre-shows of course, that opportunity where every team comes together and shows what they have learnt, which fits piece by piece and brings Kynren alive.
Kynren returns this summer for 17 shows.
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