| Rehearsal Diary

Week Five

The final week in the rehearsal room and still a lot of work to do. Everyone’s quietly confident, though, with everything that’s been achieved so far. At the start of the week, Michael told the cast: ‘We’re exactly where we need to be. We’re not ahead of ourselves, we’re not trying to catch up. We’re perfectly placed.’

With several rehearsal room runthroughs planned, plenty of small details were being ironed out, and we had one more major element to add – the band.

actors on stage in a theatre production
Privates on Parade production. Photo: Johan Persson

Jae Alexander, our superb musical director, has marshalled all the numbers beautifully through rehearsal on his trusty piano, but for the run he’ll be joined by four other musicians – clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and drums. They were introduced to the cast at the start of this week and had a great, fully miked rehearsal. We were able to hear all the numbers fleshed out with a full band, and everyone could really feel the huge impact the musicians would make upon the final show.