Rehearsals, fittings, logistics

Angel and Demon Diary: Cadets daily updates from the road

Day two in Chanhassen, Minn. was at least as productive as the first, and the weather was equally perfect. While The Cadets were beginning to look a little dazed by Ensemble Part 2 tonight, the run-through at the end of the long day was electric. After two days of work, the show has taken significant steps forward. If they keep up this pace, The Cadets will certainly be ready to take on the rest of the season, which is packed with show days and little time to stop and rehearse.IMAG05701.jpg

All demons in the corps were refitted in their uniforms today; they came two-by-two into the school all day long until everyone who lost weight (which was pretty much everyone) was looking sharp for the first regional. Tomorrow, it’s the angels’ turn. Sue King and Deborah Conner are our two devoted servants; they’ve been working 12- to 13- hour days to get the uniforms properly tailored. Joe Roche dropped by to watch low brass fittings for a while; he seemed very pleased with all the inches the tubas and baritones have lost.

We’re also going to start pinning The Cadets’ cummerbunds (as is tradition), to give the Velcro some extra support and keep the uniforms looking sharp to the end of the show. The Cadet uniform has so many different parts – and Cadet shows are so physically demanding – that a couple of safety pins in each uniform go a long way to make the corps look better.

DCI has informed all corps participating in Saturday’s big show that The University of Minnesota is undergoing mass construction, which will make parking and warm-ups a bit of a challenge this weekend. The Cadets’ staff and admin team is working hard to make sure everything goes smoothly. Therefore, the admin team will travel to the stadium later today and instructional staff will go on Friday, just to make sure everyone knows what to do and where to go (and not to go). We want to make sure that no logistical problems get in the way of The Cadets delivering a fantastic performance Saturday night.

The corps is up at 8:00 a.m. today for another long, full rehearsal day. The design team is gradually thinning out, as April Gilligan and Greg Lagola departed early this morning, and Richard Cravens, Jr. left us a couple of days ago. Soon it will be all about cleaning the show, and that’s something The Cadets are famous for.

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