My rehearsal process is over! Tomorrow is the beginning of my new routine — 5 days a week, 6 shows a day. Our director, Charlie-san and our music director, Ozaki-san, seem pleased with the show! They have given us the freedom to select songs for each set and to move about the terrace based on where guests are seated in the Cape Cod restaurant. Since were are an atmosphere show, we perform amongst the guests, as opposed to a formal stage setting. In between songs, we speak to the guests (this is unscripted). Hopefully, these small freedoms will add variety to the show — keeping it new over the next 9 months.
This morning, the band and I got a VERY early start. Our dress rehearsal call was at 5:30 am. The band spent the night at E-Village (the apartment complex where the foreigners live). Since the trains do not run at 5 am, we took a cab to Disney in the morning. By 7am, I was singing for a crowd of Tokyo Disney Resort artistic and technical employees. It was a cold, windy morning (far from ideal for singing outdoors); however, we danced, stayed in motion and forgot about the cold!! Dress rehearsals at Tokyo Disney take place late at night or early in the morning while the park is closed to guests.
Our dressing room is complete with coffee, sweets and snacks thanks to the musician’s agents! The musicians at Tokyo Disney Resort are represented by an agency. The agents are extremely generous. After rehearsals, they often treat us to lunch or dinner at the cafeteria. On Tuesday night, they treated the cast, the director, and my translator to dinner at a Chinese restaurant. It was soooo delicious!
I cannot get over how fortunate I am to have an awesome group of musicians to work with at Disney. They are incredibly talented, driven musicians and really wonderful people. We have been spending time together outside of rehearsal which is great; hopefully, we will talk over many more glasses of wine! Everyone does their best to express themselves in English. I am studying Japanese everyday and the musicians willingly help me to learn the language.
And SO, tomorrow ends my time as a paid tourist….it’s time to work a full week and to keep the Disney magic alive…Irish style.