Vocal Vices Tour Starts Monday

Coming in to land on Alderney, genuine view from my seat!

Coming in to land on Alderney, genuine view from my seat on the 2006 tour!

It’s finally happening, Hatstand Opera’s first tour of “Vocal Vices” starts on Monday in the Channel Islands! (See the Tour Dates page on this site for full details.)

Now we have the task of packing all the costumes, set and props into six suitcases, and staying as light as possible for the small inter-island planes. All at Hatstand love these planes that seem to just skim over the surface of the water before popping down onto the tarmac. However, it’s not just your luggage that gets weighed – we get to stand on the scales too, to make sure the plane is evenly loaded!

These are the first “official” performances of “Vocal Vices”, but we’ve had a couple of private shows already (like West End previews) and it’s gone down a storm. Not resting on our laurels, we’ve tweaked a couple of items, improved the running order, and changed some choreography, so the show is new and improved before it even opens!

If you can’t catch our performances in the Channel Islands, see the Tour Dates page for other Hatstand Opera “Vocal Vices” performances through to August 2009.

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Food and Singing Don’t Mix…

Which way to Granny's House?

Which way to Granny's House?

Rehearsals this week are focussing on items in Act Two of Vocal Vices, including “Hello Little Girl” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. We want our Red Riding Hood to be a greedy little girl; after all, the Wolf calls her “Miss Plump” for a reason. So Toni will clutch a basket of food to nibble throughout the number.

Now, past experience has taught us one important aspect of food on stage in opera. Whatever you do, don’t ever actually eat it. If you do, you can bet your last Rolo that your next in-breath will also include crumbs, and you’ll end up choking on your top C.

So Toni’s basket will contain the finest assortment of plastic food this side of eBay. It’s actually play food for kids, including a pizza that Velcros together (yes, really), several ice cream cones, assorted biscuits and even a birthday cake with candles. No chance of choking on that lot – we hope….

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