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We have two people who are currently unable to drive and who don’t have a car at the present time either, and who need to get from Westbury in Wiltshire to Peterborough in Cambridgeshire on Friday 8 August for the Before the Dawn dress rehearsal, and then back to Westbury from the Excel Centre in East London on Tuesday 19 August after the Worldcon.

Getting them from Peterborough/Cambridge/Ely to East London for the Worldcon is already covered.

We need these people for the Cosmic Trifle concert and for the musical Before the Dawn. And anyway they should be at Worldcon!

1) Ideally it would be really great if someone could pick them up in Westbury and take them to Peterborough and bring them back from Worldcon in a car big enough for the two passengers, their luggage, a mobility scooter and a keyboard.
2) Or possibly someone could bring them to Peterborough and someone else bring them home after Worldcon, that would also be helpful.
3) Another alternative could be to transport them and their luggage, and we’ll investigate hiring a mobility scooter and borrowing a keyboard. (Smiles sweetly at various people in the filking community who are likely to be bringing keyboards to Worldcon.)
4) A last resort might be to transport their luggage and they take the train.
5) We are open to other constructive suggestions and prepared to explore options.

So if anyone who is already coming from the West of England or going back that way on the dates mentioned above could help out, please get in touch. I would be particularly grateful, as the way I drive, going out to Westbury from Ely, picking them up myself and bringing them back would involve a ten-hour plus round trip, which is time I really don’t have to spare at present.

Thanks for listening, and I hope to hear from anyone who can help.

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For those coming to Loncon 3 who want to see Before the Dawn, and who need to leave on Monday in order to get to work on Tuesday, Before the Dawn is the last item in the filk programme on Monday, and is scheduled to start after the closing ceremony, at around 4.30 or so. It will last approx 3 hours, including an interval. This may affect travel plans.

Scheduling BtD this late in the day allows us to have a full technical dress rehearsal in the venue beforehand.

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Hello there! It's been a while since I posted. Being the person catching the buck for Before The Dawn at Worldcon seems to be taking up an awful lot of time...

We had the Sitzprobe last weekend, which those unfamiliar with musical theatre terminology, is the rehearsal where the cast gets together with the band/orchestra. And it involves an awful lot of sitting around for cast members, which is why it's a Sitzprobe or sitting-down rehearsal.

Anyway, we got through all 37 songs. Yep. 37. Some of them are quite short, two them only about 8 lines or so. And 7 songs are reprises, i.e. to tunes of songs featured earlier in the show. Which means that 30 of them are to original tunes.

So it's been hard work getting this far.

It will have been fun. That's what I keep telling myself.

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Some remind me why I have an iPad, again?

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We had an excellent read through of the then latest version of the script, which I hope people found useful. The purpose was enable people to focus on the words, which drive the story, without being distracted by the music. Then on Sunday we worked on the Act I show stopper, which involves the whole cast. We managed to get through to the end, and I recorded our first tentative performance of the complete song. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, as yesterday was spent with my fellow conspirators, rewriting the finale. And other things. Including pancakes. Don't ask. :)

It strikes me I should have posted the rehearsal timetable, such as it is, here. Will do so later today. And when I've sorted out who I want when, I'll post that here too.

BTW we still need a Sergeant. Any suggestions?

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So our feline overlords have been in charge for just over a week. Most of the time they have ruled from under things. Initially they hid under the linen cupboard in the back room where we had put their litter trays. Then, when we allowed them into the kitchen, they found a way of getting under some particularly tall kitchen units in the side room. And the last three days or so, they've hidden under one of the two sofas. Having said that, Amber (Mum) did spend some time sleeping on the sofa both yesterday and today, while Coral (daughter) stayed underneath. And today Amber even let me share her sofa and stroke her head. I am duly grateful for the great honour that she bestowed upon my most unworthy self. :) Unfortunately the arrival of the window cleaner sent them both diving under the sofa again.

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BEFORE THE DAWN @ Worldcon
We are planning to put on a performance of Before the Dawn, the filk rock musical, at the London Worldcon in August. This will be a longer, more ambitious production than that put on at AXXIdental in 2009, and will therefore include more songs. While many of the performers, who took part last time, will be reprising their roles, there are some principal roles that need filling.

Mailing List
We held a discussion session at Semibreve, and a number of people wrote their contact details etc on a sign-up sheet, from which I have prepared a mailing list. There has been one mailing so far, so if you thought you had signed up and didn't get my email, please contact me at one of the email addresses below.

Auditions
We will be holding auditions for the following three principal roles on Saturday 29th March, starting promptly at 2.00 p.m. at the Mill House in Werrington. I suggest people aim to arrive by 1.00 p.m. so that you have time to recover from the journey.

The Prince – light baritone
This is the central, star role and the one with the most songs. The character is a naive young idealist who has to grow up and thus matures into a leader.

The Sergeant – baritone
This role provides some necessary comic relief. The character is not the brightest star in the firmament, but he's a good, reliable soldier who knows his job and, as a mercenary, has a very professional attitude to his contracts. He has one full song of his own, some reprises plus some solo lines in new songs written for this performance.

The Magdalene – contralto
This very important character is a young, somewhat immature prostitute, whose life, since she came to the city, has been particularly harsh, and as a result knows the price of everything. Events then conspire to teach her their value as well. She has four solo songs and parts in others including the new numbers written since the performance at AXXIdental.

Scores and midi files are available for Magdalene's songs, and I have been assured that scores and midi files will be available for the Prince's and the Sergeant's songs by Thursday morning.

Anyone interested in any of the above roles please prepare an audition piece that shows off what you can do, both as a singer and as an actor. This audition piece can be anything you like: a song from a show, a filk song, something from the top ten, anything. It would also be useful if you could be familiar with at least one song sung by the character you're auditioning for.

If you fancy trying out for one of these roles, please contact me in the first instance at either vhousden at cix dot co dot uk or at nmc dot conductor at gmail dot com , preferably by Wednesday evening (GMT) and by Friday evening (GMT) at the latest.

If you want to try for one of these roles but are not available on Saturday 29th March, please contact me any way.

Chorus and other roles
We also need some people to be Reivers, Townsfolk, Priests, Knights of the Drunkard's Moon, Shadow of the Tower, etc. And some of the new songs are written for the "chorus". While we will not be auditioning for the chorus on Saturday, if you are interested in being one of these "chorus" characters, please contact me, preferably this week.

Let's make this happen, folks!

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BEFORE THE DAWN @ Worldcon
We are planning to put on a performance of Before the Dawn, the filk rock musical, at the London Worldcon in August. This will be a longer, more ambitious production than that put on at AXXIdental in 2009, and will therefore include more songs. While many of the performers, who took part last time, will be reprising their roles, there are some principal roles that need filling.

Mailing List
We held a discussion session at Semibreve, and a number of people wrote their contact details etc on a sign-up sheet, from which I have prepared a mailing list. There has been one mailing so far, so if you thought you had signed up and didn't get my email, please contact me at one of the email addresses below.

Auditions
We will be holding auditions for the following three principal roles on Saturday 29th March, starting promptly at 2.00 p.m. at the Mill House in Werrington. I suggest people aim to arrive by 1.00 p.m. so that you have time to recover from the journey.

The Prince – light baritone
This is the central, star role and the one with the most songs. The character is a naive young idealist who has to grow up and thus matures into a leader.

The Sergeant – baritone
This role provides some necessary comic relief. The character is not the brightest star in the firmament, but he's a good, reliable soldier who knows his job and, as a mercenary, has a very professional attitude to his contracts. He has one full song of his own, some reprises plus some solo lines in new songs written for this performance.

The Magdalene – contralto
This very important character is a young, somewhat immature prostitute, whose life, since she came to the city, has been particularly harsh, and as a result knows the price of everything. Events then conspire to teach her their value as well. She has four solo songs and parts in others including the new numbers written since the performance at AXXIdental.

Scores and midi files are available for Magdalene's songs, and I have been assured that scores and midi files will be available for the Prince's and the Sergeant's songs by Thursday morning.

Anyone interested in any of the above roles please prepare an audition piece that shows off what you can do, both as a singer and as an actor. This audition piece can be anything you like: a song from a show, a filk song, something from the top ten, anything. It would also be useful if you could be familiar with at least one song sung by the character you're auditioning for.

If you fancy trying out for one of these roles, please contact me in the first instance at either vhousden at cix dot co dot uk or at nmc dot conductor at gmail dot com , preferably by Wednesday evening (GMT) and by Friday evening (GMT) at the latest.

If you want to try for one of these roles but are not available on Saturday 29th March, please contact me any way.

Chorus and other roles
We also need some people to be Reivers, Townsfolk, Priests, Knights of the Drunkard's Moon, Shadow of the Tower, etc. And some of the new songs are written for the "chorus". While we will not be auditioning for the chorus on Saturday, if you are interested in being one of these "chorus" characters, please contact me, preferably this week.

Let's make this happen, folks!
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