I’m a fourth year now, and as such it is more than time to take my work seriously. With this in mind, I auditioned for three musicals a while back. To compound my stupidity, I am now doing two of them.

I’m pretty excited, though. First up is ‘Singing in the Rain’ at the Arts Theatre. It’s the professional theatre in Cambridge, normally home to touring productions, but stages a few student shows each year. Not only is it another show at this great venue (after ‘Me and My Girl’ last year) but it’s also my first principal role. For anyone familiar with the film / show, I’m playing R F Simpson, the studio executive. I’m not yet sure how much singing and dancing it’ll entail, but it’s a hefty speaking role, and ought to be good fun. I only read the script for the first time today, so I’m not overly familiar with it all yet. Believe it or not, I’ve never even seen the film. (Though it has just found its way onto my Christmas DVD list.)

The second will take place at the student run ADC theatre, and is a chorus role in ‘South Pacific’. It’s a two week run at the end of Spring term, the latter half of which falls outside lectures. I’ve done shows in this slot twice before, and this time a huge number of my friends are involved in both production team and cast. I’m hoping I wont live to regret taking on two shows, but it’ll be too much fun to miss out on. It wont actually take up twice the amount of time, since I doubt I’ll attend more than a couple of ‘South Pacific’ rehearsals until the run of ‘Singing in the Rain’ is over. I just hope I can do myself justice in both productions, as well as avoid utter academic failure.

Anyway, that’s the big news from me at the moment. We had the first get together for SitR (as I shall henceforth refer to the show) and that’s just added to my sense of anticipation. Other than that, I handed in the plan for my research into bullfrog calls today and am suffering a sense of rising panic now I know the dates of my exams (16th-18th of January). There’s a lot of work to be done this vacation…