Granny Galactica Resouces
Please note that Granny Galactica is a 'theatre' piece so not just a series of songs. It would help if you made use of the song list below. Not everything on this list will necessarily be a 'song' as such, some are interlude pieces or will require 'oohs and aahs' from the choirs.
1) Number 10 & 18 are completely new and have full tutor tracks so might be a good place to start.
2) Songs 6, 22, 28, 33 should have tutor tracks available soon, David has been commissioned to create them.
3) Songs 7, 8, 14 are all on the same track - variations on a theme!
4) Songs 9 and 25 are the same - reprised.
5) Several of the songs were used in the Stargazing programme so will be familiar.
6) Everyone will get a CD once everything that is going to be available exists!
Yealmpton – Sunday 6th October at 3pm
This is at the community hall where we performed Stargazing in March. The space is booked from 1pm. A fair amount of setting up will be required to get everything ready in time and to allow for a warm-up and some quick top and tailing of the songs.
It would be helpful if there could be 3 small teams of 2 or 3 at the hall from 1pm to:
- Set up the staging so that the choir can be on three tiers (floor, lower level and higher level)
- Get the chairs out from behind the stage and set them out
- Put out chairs and tables in the committee room for the interval cream teas
After the performance everything needs to be put away. There are no constraints of time for the hall but there is a group booked to use the committee room at 6pm so putting tables away and restoring chairs to their original positions, hoovering round plus washing up, tidying the kitchen and clearing away will be the top priority as soon as the concert is over.
The interval cream teas have been advertised as “home-made”. That applies primarily to the scones. I hope that a number of people will in due course be happy to offer their scone-baking services. Predicting numbers is always very difficult but the choir itself will presumably account for 30 to 40 and if our marketing and advertising have been successful it would be lovely to think that we could achieve an audience of 80 to 100. That is probably aiming high but if there were 140 people there each wanting 2 scones we could potentially need 280.
The idea is to set out the food so that people can help themselves and just serve cups of tea from the hatch. Cream teas are included in the ticket price so there is no need for any money to change hands. While choir members can help in the kitchen once the interval has started it would be good if we could find a friend or family member to help get tea-making under way beforehand.
We will also need a non-choir member to be on the door checking and selling tickets. Choir members can help up to a point but not until the last minute and not overlapping with the start of things.
Norman Lockyer Observatory – Saturday 12th October at 7pm
The logistical issues here are very different. There will be no setting out or putting away to be done so in that sense it will be less hard work.
The main issue comes from the performance space itself. It has been hard work getting the NLO and the Sidmouth Science Festival to agree to our being part of their event and it is quite special to be performing there but I would not want to give the impression that we are going to be singing in a vast planetarium! We will in fact be in the lecture room and having to make do with a relatively confined space. Not only that but the screen on which the PowerPoint will be projected is effectively going to split the choir, with about 1/3 having to be on one side and 2/3 on the other. We will also need to allow time to be clear if we can use their projector or if we need to set up our own, to get all the images properly aligned etc.
So that no-one is feeling under real pressure it would be good if everyone could arrive in time for a 3pm rehearsal, so maybe get there by no later than 2.45pm. The simple logistics of positioning etc are going to take a while to sort out. David will endeavour to address the “stereophonic” set-up at the joint rehearsal on 28th September but it won’t be quite the same as being in situ.
The idea is to finish by about 4.30pm so that we all have a couple of hours to go for a walk, have tea etc. and then be back at the NLO by 6.30 for the 7pm start of the concert. If the weather is good the NLO is a really pleasant spot for a picnic. There are quite extensive grounds with a number of picnic tables. Alternatively it is a very short walk through the woods directly opposite the NLO to get to the cliff top and to choose a spot overlooking the sea.
In terms of “work” beforehand we may need to help with the provision of cakes but these will be “ordinary” cakes rather than cream teas. There won’t really be the space for the latter.
Volunteers from the NLO and the Festival will be on hand to man the door and to get tea-making under way so that aspect, too, will be easier from our perspective.
Once the concert is over and for those wishing to stay on the NLO will open up the domes so that we can see and use the telescopes, as well as give us a short history of the Observatory.