Shirley!

November 20, 2009

KUMAR MUNIANDY, Community Ensemble Participant

My flat mate, Laura asks me every night “So, how was your day today? Were you rehearsing?”. I tell her EVERYTHING until she falls asleep. Bless her. My meerkat spine is more awake than ever since we’re been in the London Coliseum. I try my best to be on the wings whenever it’s possible to see what’s happening on the stage i.e with Deborah’s microphone directions, lighting cues, prop blockings and so on. The staging and the lighting is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Each community ensemble member has been assigned to a Chorus singer – they wake us up at the beginning of “For unto us a child is born”. My partner is Melody and she’s really cool. She’s been in the company for twenty seven years!!! I was three years old when she joined the company. Yeah I know, amazing right??!!?! Whenever the Chorus sings this piece, I feel like my whole body is floating on the air – their voices are so amazing and beautiful! Actually, there are no words to describe what it feels like to be on the Messiah stage. You gotta to be there to feel it.

Some of us have seen the start of the second act – OH MY GOD! More like OH MY MESSIAH!! I rest my case.

Also it’s my first time hearing the “Shirley” joke. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you just have to listen out for it yourself.

I gather my ten fingers close to my heart to express my gratitude of being part of the Messiah.

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