Chronicles of The Juggler

Sunday, November 19, 2006

This published on just now... thought I'll paste it here too...

The Thriving A Cappella Scene, and then some.

It's nice to see other a cappella groups grow and evolve. Especially when they are all your friends which you have sung with at some point, thanks to being a member of The Phil all these years.

Just got back from The Wicked Pitches' Mostly We Moon concert at KLPac. Am proud of them, they did a tremendous job, lots of hard work was prevalent in all areas, and they pulled it off well. Thanks also to Michael Voon, another dear friend, choreographer/staging director extraodinaire and fellow theatre practitioner, they had their moves and grooves polished just right, of course, after taking into account the few who do have rhythm problems. And as a friend, I will not try to be all forgiving and just say nice things for the sake of it. Rather I would like to tell them to their faces, what did work and what did not (which I already did btw), be objective about it and allow them to grow even more and learn from the whole experience- if they actually think I am talking sense lah. Take the negative and make it positive the next time round...

A healthy and thriving scene, be it in theatre, musical theatre, a cappella or dance, should be strived at all times. Unfortunately this is easier said than done. Of course when I say healthy, I mean, maintaining good competition, keeping the environment an educational one, where all parties aim to better each other because they know they want to, because they love what they do, because the only way is up. NOT because they want to be better than that group, or because they THINK they deserve better than the others. There is no room for sour grapes if you want to move forward and cultivate positively. At least, that's what I have learnt.

Will look forward to seeing familiar faces at our Christmas eve gig at Bangkok Jazz. In the meantime, it's rehearsals and more rehearsals.

The funky chicken head

Well... basically, with all the stuff going on in the performing arts scene, I am sure we all want to be as good as we can be, and get better as we do it. I just wished all of us would take our strengths more seriously and grow together. After all, there is no right or wrong, only good or bad theatre.

It's when you do not think you need to still learn, or do not respect your fellow actor's/singer's/dancer's background in theatre training or the like, is when silly thoughts are conjured up, or unnecessary conclusions are drawn. And we all subconciously stop ourselves from moving forward.

Theatre is a living organism. It needs healthy algae, not old energy sucking moss.

Sleepy Biatch


  • At 1:47 AM, Blogger mxv said…

    Nicole, u r a gem sweetie! Am inspired!

  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger Nige said…

    Nic, Thanks so much for "in your face" comments. That's what we look for. Its nice to hear the good stuff but you look to good friends to hear the "real" stuff. And we do want to evolve. Thank you!

  • At 1:24 PM, Blogger patrickteoh said…

    Hi Nicole. Welcome to the blogging world. Good one.


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