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1155Pennsic 38 plans

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  • Karen Kasper
    Sep 8, 2008
      Greetings KWC Pennsic Choir members!
      Thank you to everyone who answered my request for input! It was very interesting to see what everyone is thinking.
      There was a wide variety of opinions on rehearsal times. I'll have to do a formal tabulation to see what the consensus was (if any) but I think we're likely to remain with afternoon (as opposed to morning) rehearsals. I understand that the choir requires a substantial time commitment, but I don't see any way around that if we want to provide a quality performance - which I know you all do!
      It sounds like a fair number of people would like to perform more than once. I can certainly understand why - after all that work, it seems a shame to only have one concert!
      For venues, a few people liked Closing Ceremonies, and some liked Opening Ceremonies. Closing ceremonies is a reasonable option (and it generally takes place in the barn, not on the field) but of course it's at the tail end of Pennsic and not terribly well attended. I don't know about you, but by the end of the week my voice is sometimes gone... :-)
      Opening ceremonies is appealing from an exposure standpoint, but has some fairly major obstacles. For starters, it happens very early in the war, so most of the choir will have had few (or no!) rehearsals. There's also the issue of acquiring approval from the various kingdoms, who have their own agendas that don't tend to include choral music. While I understand the desire to reach such a wide audience, I think the logistics are rather daunting.
      The other popular suggestion was Midnight Madness. While this has the drawback of potentially having to read music in the dark, I think it is the most beneficial to the choir. It happens the day before our concert, so we will be pretty well rehearsed by then. It gives us an opportunity to "prime the pump" by exposing shoppers to a taste of our music and, hopefully, luring some of them to our Thursday concert. We can also choose a time and place convenient to most of the choir members, without having to get approval from anyone else. To mitigate the "singing in the dark" problem, I suggest choir members look into acquiring battery-powered electric candlesticks. I've used these in my tent and my kids' tent for years, since they provide light without risk of fire. You can usually pick them up cheap right after Christmas at craft stores or JoAnn Fabrics. :-)
      So, how many people would be willing and available to sing a piece or two at Midnight Madness?

      Arianna of Wynthrope
      Director, Pennsic Choir 38

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