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Willkommen, Bienvenue and Welcome to our blog! As some of you reading this will be aware, MUSOC is the University of Canterbury's resident musical theatre society. We perform two major productions per year, one cabaret and host a variety of other events. However, for those of you who are new, welcome!

We realised that while our performances are widely seen and (here's hoping) enjoyed, not a lot of information is released regarding the months leading up to that much anticipated opening night. Believe it or not, our cast doesn't spontaneously assemble a week before opening, throw together a few of our favourite dance moves, hash out a couple of harmonies and say "Yeah, that'll do". Unfortunately, putting on a musical requires months of intensive, hard work *cough* slave labour *cough*.  Everything from audtions through to closing requires hours of dance and singing rehearsal, stage planning/building, costuming, direction, choreographing, band preparation, technical planning, sound and lighting and many more finicky tasks that inevitably get left until a dreary 3AM prod week morning. 

Because of this, we had the bright idea of giving you, our beloved audience, a small insight into  all that we do in attempting to deliver amateur theatre to the utmost standard.

Blocking work with Jesus and Mary

Blocking work with Jesus and Mary

Rehearsal periods for this show are not what you would call casual. Two weeks after the cast has been announced we start learning and practicing, meeting three times a week for three hours at a time. One of the best things about musical theatre, and I know a lot of you thespians out there will agree with me, is the bond that you form, so quickly and so strongly, with your fellow castmates. 

Our beloved cast

Our beloved cast

One of the more highly anticipated parts of our rehearsal process is the three day camp which the cast, band and production team are all invited to. The camp recieves a new name each time, in the theme of the show. For Cabaret we had 'Camparet', 'Camp Rydell' for Grease and this time round we had 'Bible Camp' for Jesus Christ Superstar (you can thank yours truly for that stroke of genius). The camp is such an integral part in getting our show as polished as it can be. We have three days of intensive rehearsal, sports, theatre games, swimming and maybe one or two beers, yeah definitely only one or two.

The lifesaving pool after a sweaty dance rehearsal

The lifesaving pool after a sweaty dance rehearsal

Jesus and Judas working the camera

Jesus and Judas working the camera

Dance rehearsal on Bible Camp

Dance rehearsal on Bible Camp

Our King Herod > All other King Herods

Our King Herod > All other King Herods

We are only a month out from opening so expect more updates coming soon!