Our newest guest blogger, 12 year old Claire Johnson, joins us to blog about her experience with our Cathedral Project. This year we are presenting the world premiere production of Jonah and the Whale by Jack Perla and Velina Hasu Houston.
For me, this week’s rehearsals started before Sunday because our homework was to draw a picture of Jonah and Whale. I arrived with picture in hand, waiting excitedly to start warm ups.
Instead, we started by going outside. It was cloudy since it’s been raining all week. Heather and Nathan, our directors, said we needed to get the feeling of the aisle length at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels. Since I hadn’t been there for a year, I forgot how long it was.
While we were being sea-life outside, it started to drizzle on us. We all ran inside just before it started to pour. Until break, we worked on our movements in the hallway. The sky cleared up just in time for snacks!
After snack, I was called to costuming. Finally! My octopus friend, Paloma, and I haven’t seen our costumes yet. I bounced up and down all the way to the costume area. They asked me if I was the octopus. I said, “YES!” Then, they told me they were sorry but they forgot to bring my costume. I felt deflated. They said I would get to try it on next week. I can’t wait!
I walked back to the rehearsal area and found my sea-life group. Next step, practicing with the whale bones! As we ran through our movements, we finally got the feeling of what it will be like on the big stage.
I must have Jonah and the Whale on the brain. Right before rehearsals I noticed a poster at church I never noticed before. In the poster, Jonah is looking out of the whale’s mouth and reaching out, trying to get to land. It sort of felt like I was Jonah, reaching out, looking forward to the next rehearsal.