Friday, March 19, 2010
Can you scream for 17 seconds? Try it, suckas!
On second thought, the context might actually interest you (especially if I pepper in irrelevant details). It turns out that Elphaba's cry as she melts (um, I may have just given away some of WICKED's plot... but, c'mon, if you haven't seen The Wizard of Oz yet you deserve such ill-treatment!) is actually a sound cue, pre-recorded by each actress, and swapped accordingly should a standby or cover fill-in.
Yesterday morning, at the lusty hour of 11AM, I sauntered into the stage manager's office in the basement of the Orpheum Theater to record my own patented version of le scream. I was wearing a black Lululemon hoodie, the one with the thumb holes. Super comf. I hadn't showered. One of our illustrious sound men came in, attached some wires to a bunch of doo hickeys, opened and closed some applications and such, and then instructed me to scream into a microphone for 17 seconds. And then I did.
But, to milk this story for all it's worth: a few nights prior, our production stage manager David gave me a CD with three "sample screams" on it, courtesy of former Elphabas-- which, combined, comprised a delightful minuet of pain and agony, which I played back repeatedly on my iPod as I strolled along the sunny hills of San Francisco. Very profound. Or just weird.
Because it turns out that, A) there are many ways to scream (variations in pitch, volume, vowel, gurgliness), B) the Elphaba scream is really fricking long when taken out of context. (See post's affronting title.)
Fast forward back to Wednesday morning. I screamed. There really is nothing else of interest on which to report. Basically, I screamed, it was long, it took a lot of breath control, and I'm not sure if it sounded like the cry of someone whose flesh was melting or someone who was doing vocal warmups before their high school production of "Pippin." Upon my debut, I shall formally submit this Blog's comment section for your scream judgment and criticism. Because clearly it is a riveting topic that should garner pages and pages of more discussion.