The Pied Pipers return to the ADC Theatre to stage the parodic 'Musical of Musicals (The Musical)'. We spoke to the show's Director, LAURA SAUNDERS, and Musical Director, ANDREW TAYLOR, to find out what will be in store for audiences...
The Musical of Musicals is a parody of various different styles of musicals. What should the audience expect when watching the show?
People who know their shows well will notice a lot of clever references to lines from familiar songs, as well as various musical styles. We think that those who are less familiar will also find a lot to enjoy in the drama and comedy (and sometimes downright silliness) of the five "mini-shows".
Expect a laugh a second, outrageous architypes, and two casts more passionate than the third covers of Les Mis getting to go on as leads!
How have your rehearsals been coming along so far?
Our two casts have been enthusiastic and hard-working, despite the constraints on rehearsing as a result of the pandemic, and we've made a lot of progress so far. We're all very much looking forward to being able to rehearse indoors now that it's allowed after 17 May.
Everyone has been amazing at buckling down given the situation, and come rain or shine we have all be working hard and to the best of our ability. We know that getting to rehearse inside will tie it all together, but everyone involved should feel very proud.
How has your show been affected by the need for social distancing?
Most of the learning of the songs was done over Zoom, using backing tracks, and more recently we've been rehearsing on Jesus Green and Parker's Piece for blocking and choreography, all of which is taking social distancing into account by careful positioning of the actors.
Fortunately the Rule of Six works perfectly for us, with four cast members together with the director and MD.
Thankfully, due to the show only needing four characters, it's been relatively easy to factor social distancing into the blocking. We have had to get creative with some of the stage directions, but if anything it's been a welcome challenge to not rely on the obvious when blocking and choreographing.
Without spoiling too much, what is your favourite part of the show?
There is almost no way for me to pick just one favourite moment, especially as all five mini shows are so different, despite being the same story.
If I had to narrow it down, I would say some of my favourite parts include Sweeney-esque moments, an imaginary chandelier, and cheeky chair dance with the right amount of raunch!