(Ya might recognize a certain redhead. ;) )
Ever want to feel nervous?
Go and tell a world-renowned conductor like Dr. Craig Jessop (former director of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir) that you would really, really, really like to put on a flash mob with The American Festival Chorus because ya know…FLASH MOBS ARE AWESOME!!! YAY!!!!
(I’ve worked with him for 4-years and I still can’t quite believe I had the guts (insanity) to ask.)
Luckily, he is the best sport in the world and he agreed.
WE DID THIS IN TEN DAYS, people.
Well, the idea was pitched three weeks prior to Black Friday.
Then Dr. Jessop picked up the phone and called an INCREDIBLE arranger, Kurt Bestor, to specially arrange a royalty-free song for us. Then we had The Britian War Requiem to produce. THEN I started working on the behind the scene and gathering an INCREDIBLE team together. By a week out we knew we had a location, a film crew, a choir and that was IT, other than what I kept seeing in my head. (Which is a fat lot of good if you don’t have someone help you execute that vision.)
Thank goodness for our choreographer (Stephanie R. White). She came in with only 6 days to call dancers on a holiday weekend and put it all together. THEN we had to work with everyone, logistic the mall and the needed crew and equipment for the sound, figure out the placement, figure out the recording the music, figure out the…the…EVERYTHING. ALL IN THE WEEK BEFORE THANKSGIVING. And pray very hard it would all turn out.
I love it.
And I did NOT do it alone. Everyone knew someone that could, and wanted to help that was KEY in this production. It would not have happened otherwise, period.
It was more work than I care to explain, but let’s say this…if you ever think “Hey! It would be super fun to put together and be in charge of running a flashmob!” Do yourself a favor. Get on a train. Then throw yourself off the train. Then get run over by a tractor. Then have your mutilated body kicked by the irate driver of aforementioned tractor. But if you STILL want to put on a flash mob and know a lot of insanely talented people that will get up at 6am and drive in the bitter cold to practice bouncing up and down in a mall? GO RIGHT AHEAD, DUDE! Because you will need to be that committed.
I had the time of my life.
Please consider sharing this with your family and friends.
We learned something ANNOYING. Views from video embedded on Facebook do NOT count as view on Facebook. And views are ESSENTIAL in a project like this. So, a big, huge favor…can you use this link if you are sharing on Facebook, consider not having a thumbnail available ? Or if it is easier, just send them here to this post? (It’s a long story but it basically those are the only certifiable fixes on the Google help forum where everyone was having a moo-cow about this issue like I was.)
(AND YES… I am blatantly pimping and begging for shares here but I feel zealously responsible to make sure it is flung far and wide. I’m sure you and the tractor driver appreciate my commitment, at least. :) )
I would be remiss not to end this with some thanks to those whose time, energy, generosity and good will was donated to this production.
Dr. Craig Jessop (Who has an AWESOME Hitchcock-like cameo…see if you can spot him), The American Festival Chorus, Kurt Bestor, WhySound, Klepticenter Productions, Stephanie R. White for her amazing choreography, Irishfre Dance Company, Music Theatre West dancers, The Westminster Bell Choir, The other 5 talented singers who stood in a recording booth and recorded track after track with me an hour after getting the music and last but NOT least, A huge, huge, huge, huge shout out to Preston Parker of MultiMediaWise Productionswho was as passionate about this project and donated all filming and editing. (Which is a bigger thing than you can imagine.)
It was such fun.
Love to you all and happy holidays!
P.S. DID I MENTION I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER IF YOU SPREAD THIS AROUND TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW?
P.P.S. Because I so would.
P.P.P.S Or, you know…at least feel very friendly towards you for the afternoon. :D
P.P.P.P.S. One more thing. They may jump of the screen, glare at and possibly bitchslap you, but PLEASE at least attempt to ignore the FIVE FEET OF ROOTS ON MY HAIR. I didn’t have time to eat, sleep or breathe…let alone make friends with Miss Clairol.
I’m helping head up the social media efforts for AFG…if you would like to keep tabs on us (because we have many great things in store) please find us on Facebook and follow us on The Twitter!) And ya might be talking to someone you know from those account, so the more the merrier!