I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Saturday, 24 July 2010

I Capture the Castle - Concert Reading

On 11th July we had our Concert Reading of I CAPTURE THE CASTLE at the Royal Academy of Music, directed by Karen Rabinowitz, with a cast from the Post Graduate Musical Theatre course.  As the opening bars of the first song came, I was there, in the Castle kitchen with the rain pouring down outside and Cassandra sitting writing her diary on the sink.  As soon as the laughter came I breathed an internal sigh of relief - it was working!  The pace was terrific and the cast were wonderful - the characters they had molded through the workshop got the pay off they deserved - with laughter and emotional response from the audience.  It was an incredibly exciting afternoon.  All the work that the director and actors had put in really brought the musical to life.  The song we had moved from the first half to the middle of the second act, really worked in its new place, and the reprise of the first song, that we hurriedly wrote in rehearsals to end the show, left a lot of the audience in tears by the end - so we have decided that it must stay!

The feedback we have had from the audience has been been very positive and now Steve and I can both see far more clearly what we need to do to get it to the next stage.

The cast:
Suzanna Kempner - Cassandra
Phillipa Cookman - Rose
Terri O'Ryan - Topaz
Matthew Johnson - Stephen
James Meunier - James Mortmain
Ross Barnes - Simon
Tom Little - Neil
Becky Moult - Mrs Cotton
Stephen Sutherland - Swann

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Concert Reading at the Royal Academy of Music

Tomorrow we have our Concert Reading at the Royal Academy of Music.  It has been a very exciting week watching the musical grow.  I have been writing and cutting dialogue at a furious pace, songs have been moved and pulled around to make them work better.  We had no song for the end of the show so I wrote a reprise for it last night - we all felt it really had to end on a song.  Steve created a harmony structure for it, in what seemed like a matter of minutes, and it was wonderful to watch the cast bring it to life.

Karen Rabinowitz, the director, is the Musical Theatre Course Leader, at the Academy.  She has been amazing with the cast  and a complete joy to work with.   The cast have worked incredibly hard and it has come such a long way since those hopeful beginnings in January when we presented them with just a couple of scenes to work on.    Today the emotion was really beginning to flow as they worked their way through the run and at last I could see it all coming together.  It is a wonderful story to work with and our take on it has been very different from the film.  Tomorrow, it will be very interesting to see the audience reaction.  We have still got a long way to go but bit by bit we are putting it together... that's what counts!