Written by Hannah deNevers (Morticia)
January 2, 2015
Today was our first sitzprobe!
Sitzprobe is a German term used in opera and musical theatre to describe a seated rehearsal—the literal translation of Sitzprobe—where the singers sing with the orchestra, focusing attention on integrating the two groups.
In case anyone didn’t know.
Basically we all do our regular warm up; run, stretching, yoga and ab workouts. We had lunch and we were all very excited to start. All the mics were set up and the band was doing their warm-ups. I was super nervous. We started with just doing the first act today. Sitzprobes are usually bumpy with stops and starts. It was a little stressful having this be our first time working with the band. I had to be reminded that for some people in CSOPA this was their first sitzprobe.
I love working with the band I think it’s so much fun. Hearing that live music when you were used to just hearing the rehearsal track, I love that.
So tomorrow we will do it again but the second act. I’m superrrr excited!
Tips of the day: Surviving sitzprobes
- drink your coffee. There is a lot of starts and stops with these things and honestly coffee is life saver.
- drink water. Water is what’s going to make your voice make it through.
- Do not scream-sing into the mic. It so easy to get excited when doing the songs, but it just keeps ya on pitch and it’s just better 🙂
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