It is now officially Spring and
the Theatre Department of Cicely Tyson High School is well into
rehearsals and practices for a production of the musical Pippin (Book by Roger
O. Hirson, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ) that will be
held in two weeks, April 12, 13 and 14 of 2013.
We said back in February that it
would take about a month of falling off the unicycle to master
it, and one of the students who persevered is now able to ride
around the stage unassisted. His name is Timar Baldwin, and he
actually learned to ride a unicycle four years ago, so it didn't
take him as long to recover those old skills.
Ramel Coleman, whom you may
recognize as a baritone player in the Unified Marching Band,
started juggling with scarves, mastered that quickly and has now
moved onto juggling bean bags. We use bean bags rather than
rubber balls, because if one is accidentally dropped, it just
lies on the floor and waits to be retrieved instead of bouncing
all around the stage.
Our photographer and reporter,
Al-Quadir Marsh, is on Spring Break from the school he attends in
Newark this week, and so he will be back to add more photos to
this story as the show continues to grow. Mr. Goode has been
instructing some of the actors in magic as a performing art, but
whether he will allow photos of those magic practice sessions or
not ( we've got to hold back some surprises for the show!)
remains to be seen.
Today the students are back at
practice and this time we catch the other unicyclist in action;
Haneef James. It took him about three weeks of falling off the
unicycle before he was finally able to ride around unassisted.
You can see Al-quadir's "Giraffe" unicycle in the
background to get an idea of how much higher it is above the
Backstage, we can see how
Al-Quadir climbs up there using the wall to steady himself and a
chair, up he goes. Once he starts riding, he can only stop by
dropping back down to the ground, either forwards or backwards.
The other unicyclists want to try this, but need more hours of
practice on the small unicycles before they will be given a
chance... perhaps after the show is over.
Haneef gets on the small unicycle
in much the same way, but he only needs to be near a table or
chair. You will see the unicycles performing in the first musical
number of the show, as they ride back and forth behind the other
actors, creating the illusion of a circus on stage.
3/27/13 Ramel Coleman continues
to work on his juggling, even while he is practicing his lines or
singing the songs from Pippin. The less he thinks about juggling
and takes his mind off it, the better he can juggle.
Meanwhile, Mr. Goode is working
on some of the magic for the show. First he goes through it
himself, then he teaches it to the actor who will be performing
it in Pippin.
To be continued...
Performance dates: April 12, 13, and 14, 2013.