Basically it was a short brieing session by Joe Hasham OAM, our director. He took some time to explain to us what we are going to commit to and how this would require a lot of hard work from everyone.
Among the things he mentioned:
"No one is bigger than the production"
"There's only 1 director, not 22 directors"
Mark Beau also shared a bit a his experience on collecting information before writing the story to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS. The last thing, he said, people with HIV need is our sympathy. The more important thing to do is to create awareness so that people with HIV/AIDS will not be rejected by the community.
We were given the practice schedule and we'll kick start the practice on Tue 26 Jan 2010 Tuesday.
Before we left the place, we went around hugging one another and wish one another well.
I still don't know most of the people in the musical. but I'm probably the only first-timer in the group... which is why I felt priviledged to be part of this production. I look forward to the practices, even though I will have to give up my classes and drive from Puchong to Jalan Ipoh at least 3 times a week. I believe this will be a worthwhile effort.
I am thankful that my boss has given her blessings for me to pursue this. Otherwise, I may have to resign to do this:)
Anyhow, I will be sharing my experience in this production, from the first day of practice on 26 Jan 2010 to the actual show starting on 12 May 2010 at The Actors Studio in Lot 10.
I finally have something interesting to blog about besides gym- Stay tuned!