Concert Final Verdict

Monday, October 15, 2007

I'm guessing everyone's expecting some comments about concert since it's over. I don't really know or bother much with the opinions of others, but here's my 2 cents.

Since it's a musical, acting should logically come first. Admittedly, the cast were not perfect, and I'm guessing there are many criticisms from different parties. I personally believe that the acting was pretty good. I might be biased because I DID see how abysmally they performed at the initial stages of preparation, but I won't deny them the credit due to them. It was a job well done, and no matter what anyone else says, I truly think their acting was acceptable. Not perfect, but good nonetheless.

Who can deny the strength in this year's cast's ability to sing? Compared to ANY OTHER YEAR, I'd say this year the singing was as close to perfection as we can get. The music itself was pretty amazing, and the fact that the leads were really talented made it come out that much better. I'd give them a 9/10 minus one because of projection issues. Still, I can't get so many songs out of my head! Soundtrack please!

I don't think there was all that much dancing this year. What little they had though, was pretty astounding, although I'm unsure whether that was because of the costumes. Sad to say, I cannot help but feel this is the one area which could've been much much better. It was more than acceptable, we had the talent! It's just sad that we didn't manage to really capitalize on that. Still, this isn't a dance production, so we can't be having too high an expectation can we?

It was short and sweet. True, it's not perfect, and there were a few 'loopholes', but it was done not by a theatre major, or an experienced writer, but an ordinary student struggling with his ideals, ALONE. It might've been lacking in some areas, but it managed to carry the main theme across very well, and the writer's message was communicated clearly enough. That in itself is testimony of its strength.

Like singing, music was exceptional this year. We really did a good job in this department this year. 'Nuff said!

The sets were worryingly simple, but somehow managed to pull through with the help of very good lighting effects. It conveyed the correct setting where necessary, and that's all that really matters actually. Past sets teams might complain of the lack of quality, but I think the final effect was adequate if not acceptable.

When they were first revealed during Comm Hall runs, I was worried as it seemed utterly plain and dull. True, clothes at that setting were probably a dull white/gray/brown combination, but following that would've been disastrous. Thankfully, there were many different bright shades at the final show, which really spiced things up. I wouldn't say it was superb, but the costumes were certainly not shabby.

While it may seem that I approve of everything, it must be noted that there were MANY areas which could've been improved on. Projection was only one of them, something which were told to all cast members from the very beginning. Most of the things mentioned above are actually only at the 'acceptable' or 'barely adequate' level, and failed to really impress. The lack of a really STRONG scene was also a minus point, as people came away not really having any part of the show making a very lasting impression. Overall, I'd say it didn't turn out bad, but IMHO, it still wasn't the best that could've been achieved based on the talent we had. For this reason, I'd have to give it an above average rating.

Of course, these are just my opinions and thoughts about the concert, from my perspective.

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Posted by Gerald at 10/15/2007 03:21:00 PM

Passion for Visions

Friday, October 12, 2007

The past weekend was very exciting, with a lot of things being shared about the church vision. I think it's pretty amazing the amount of things that are being done in church. The various efforts by the different ministries in church are truly astounding. It's not just about the amount of money we use to help the community and all the people around, it's also the amount of EFFORT put in by the various members which really got me thinking.

Today's combine CG was really good, and pastor really shared his heart out. I was just thinking about this issue when he brought it up in his sharing. He didn't say anything about finances, which is what I guess we were expecting to hear with building fund around the corner. Instead, he talked about making a decision to serve and to be a participant in God's purpose for the church and for ourselves. It was short but very powerful.

I really felt that I was starting to be too comfortable where I am. I really ought to start considering doing more. It's not that I'm looking for things to 'fill up my time', but more of I really want to do more for God and to be in His service in any way possible.

I'm not really sure how yet, but I DO believe in doing whatever I can, whenever I can.

Hopefully, I'll start walking more and more towards the purpose He's called me to.

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Posted by Gerald at 10/12/2007 02:01:00 AM

Concert Update

Monday, October 08, 2007

Comm Hall week is over. A lot of things happened. At this point, I guess I'm looking forward to seeing how everything will turn out. As mentioned in my past two posts, It's been pretty much up and down for concert, with a very interesting climax last Friday. Apparently the first run was disastrous. Again, after much rebuking and encouragement, they managed to put up a spectacular second run. A lot of drama was involved, and I'm not sure if it's suitable to be shown here. Do ask if you want to know what happened exactly.

In any case, it's finally UCC week. There are many things which should happen and it's going to be a busy, tiring week for everyone. Still, I don't see why I can't look forward to an exciting show this weekend. I've seen what these bunch of people can do, and I have every faith in them that they can put up a good show. No one can deny that they've put in a lot of sweat and blood, and if nothing else, I believe in them.

Here's to a great show this weekend!

PS: Cast people, please do get rest so that you can be focussed this weekend.

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Posted by Gerald at 10/08/2007 04:19:00 PM

Concert Part Deux

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

After posting last night, I went down again to take a look see at how the Comm Hall run was going to be progressing. My initial fears were coming true... and I was worried... really worried...

The first run was horrible to say the least. I didn't even need to be watching them to know they did possibly one of their worst performances. There was absolutely no energy or projection and not a soul was remotely interested to watch. People who came for supper never once looked up to find out what was happening... it was THAT DEAD...

The run ended at about 12... and we were contemplating just going off. Things were NOT working out... and both me and JJ decided to talk to some people. Obviously, the stage manager was not happy. Apart from the dismal performance, sets had literally no sense of urgency in their sets changes. There would have to be another run, starting at approximately 1215 am.

As usual, we made the cast see how disappointed we all were. It wouldn't have been very appropriate to be pissed, but I really felt that they needed to wake up... Their director was absolutely devastated at the incredibly sub-par performance. He gave all of them his 2 cents and told them to do a better job this time.

And then they all drew together and did a 'cast whoosh'.

So the act began again, with some seniors watching from the front waiting to see how it would turn out. I had the intention of leaving if they didn't put up something decent.

Fortunately, I didn't have to. SOMEHOW they managed to pull together and really spike up the energy level. The whole act became alive and interesting, with many scenes done to the best I've ever seen ANY of them perform. They managed to build on each other's reactions and the result was something short of a miracle. I'd almost given up hope on them.

In any case, at the end of the run, the director was almost reduced to tears and we could see that they KNEW IT! They KNEW it was a good run, and I certainly hope they keep maintaining this level of energy and acting, because...


What this shows, is that they DO have the talent and ability to perform well. Now all that's left is to see if they can improve on the minor stuff and capitalize on this experience to continue performing at this level, or at an even HIGHER level. I'm pretty sure they could, if they ALL really wanted it and worked for it. All that remains to be seen is whether they can actually sustain their performance.

Concert is next weekend, things are finally looking up...

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Posted by Gerald at 10/03/2007 06:57:00 PM

Run up to concert

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Concert this year seems to be shaping up a little worryingly. I'm in no position to say anything, but it's always been an activity that I feel strongly for, and it's just been interesting to see how it has progressed this year. There were problems at the initial stage with many problems cropping up which was nobody's fault. The inability to form the entire CCC before the holidays was IMHO one of the biggest factors to the problems. I credit this more to the fact that we have a relatively 'less committed' batch taking over. The people who remained are really good, but as a whole, there just isn't enough manpower for them to be able to cover all the important roles necessary in hall.

In any case, Comm Hall run is ongoing this week. As of now, projection seems to be the biggest problem for cast. Sets wise, it's a bit worrying that a lot of sets are simply too 'big' to be put into the Comm Hall, making the run less efficient. Costumes have yet to come into the picture but that will change as the days progress. In fact, so many people have mid terms today from 830 to 930 that the run had to be pushed to 10. I'm assuming this means they'll be ending a little later than usual.

That aside, ticketing has been a slight headache as we're buying for a huge number of people. Fortunately, we still managed to procure relatively good seats, but it did come with a rather steep price.

In any case, I'm looking forward to seeing how things shape up. More updates are to come I imagine.

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Posted by Gerald at 10/02/2007 08:53:00 PM