I’m finally back in San Francisco after four months of school at Middlebury. It’s definitely good to be home.
Unfortunately, my time is limited as I will be shipping out Guangzhou via Hong Kong on Wednesday morning. My trip to China will reunite me with my the production I put on with Shantou University during my fall semester off (ironically named the “Feb Semester” at Middlebury). I will be helping to tour the production off Pippin to Guangzhou for the school’s recruiting purposes. The thought of the tour is to generate interest in the up-and-coming university in China.
My itinerary goes something like this:
- Fly in to Hong Kong and transfer to a train to Guangzhou.
- Arrive in Guangzhou. Meet up with lighting and sound designers to check out the theater space. Design a plan of action for the production. Stay the night.
- Speak at a press conference on the show.
- Return to Shantou by plane and begin intensive rehearsals with the cast through the rest of the week. Work with tech crew.
- Return to Guangzhou by bus/train and begin technical rehearsals in the theater.
- Put on the show (multiple times?).
- Return to Shantou.
It should be a whirlwind of craziness to tour this show mostly because I am only coming in at the last minute. Right now, I have rational expectations but almost have to bank on a miracle to pull this off considering the lack of real preparation for an event of this size an caliber. I think I’m tired now flying eight hours from Burlington to San Francisco through JFK. I surely will be tired come next week when this show goes up. I’m hoping the excitement and adreneline will keep me going.
Upon my return to Shantou after this production, I will be auditioning and training a chorus from the university to go compete in the 4th annual World Choir Games/Choir Olympics. I hate musical competitions but it sounds fun especially since it will be held in Xiamen, China. The competition will be held in mid-July with over 400 choirs with 20,000 singers from around the world. Unfortunately, I am only there to train the chorus, not to attend the event itself.