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Coventry Market - The Musical!
Leigh - A musical star
My Coventry Market - The Musical! diary
By Leigh Evetts
Meet Leigh, a 32-year-old health and safety adviser for Coventry City Council. Leigh was part of Coventry Market - The Musical! even though like most she had never had singing lesson.
27 October 2008
Something has happened to me in the last week and I can only liken it to the excitement and impatience of a child on the run up to Christmas! I'm counting down the days to the Premiere of Coventry Market the Musical and I still have 8 sleeps to go!
Siobhan has emailed me to say that she's seen a sneak preview of the filming and I'm so envious. I did offer to 'sneakily' view it also, on the basis I could give constructive feedback?? Unsurprisingly she hasn't taken me up on my very generous offer, so instead I have to keep busy and for once be patient. Patience is NOT my strongest point.
Our very posh invitations say that I'm allowed to take a guest to the premiere next Tuesday and so I have asked my sister to accompany me. Unlike me, she has her outfit sorted and even has posh new shoes to match!
In the meantime, I'm still busy in the planning stages… planning what to wear. For all you ladies reading you'll understand my predicament. What do I wear?? Should I do vintage and purchase second hand? Should I pinch something from my sister's wardrobe in these times of credit crunchiness?? (My sister is my twin and very usefully the same size as me), or, do I splash out on a new frock?
Maybe I could use this event as a great opportunity to tidy my own wardrobe and perhaps surprise myself with something I already own!? It's a big dilemma; not only do I need tea and cake to deliberate further, I could also do with some longer lunch hours this week to shop!
I have actually booked the 4th November off work so that I can prepare in plenty of time. You may think I'll be having my eyebrows threaded, or having my hair done, but in reality I'll probably still be shopping for my new outfit!
There's not that long to wait now and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire are busy promoting the premiere and there are regular trails going out during radio shows. This morning I received a phone call from Rosie asking if I'd like to take part in Annie Othen's Coffee Club show on Friday morning.
All I have to do is sit with a couple of other ladies, drink coffee and talk about the news and talk about the musical. I've never done anything like that before, but as I see it, I like coffee and I like talking so I reckon it should be good fun!
18 October 2008
Setting my alarm to go off before 8am on a Saturday morning is bordering on a criminal offence in my book. However, there was a very good reason why I needed to get up and at 7am - I actually jumped out of bed and didn't feel too bad that I'd been robbed of my lie in!
I needed to get into Coventry bright eyed and bushy tailed to film my solo parts. Today was the final day of filming.
Hugging my takeaway coffee I was shocked that my arrival in the market coincided with some of the stallholders. Was it really that early? In my half awake state I then had one of those moments when you think 'have I got the right day?', as for a split second I couldn't see anyone remotely familiar.
Fortunately, as I walked around the edge of the market, towards the BBC stall, I was encouraged by the amount of BBC black T-shirts in view and when I saw Carl, Benjamin and Andy, the cameraman, I knew that I wasn't losing the plot after all!
As Carl and I were the first to arrive, the crew were quick to get started and they quickly arranged for our solo parts to be filmed. I was first on and sang my first line in front of a row of carpets. I had to jump in to shot from the left, turn from the right, jump up from a squat position and smile at the same time. Quite funny, but ooooh, my knees were not thanking the creative director for his suggested moves and I found it hard to jump, sing and smile all at the same time. I have a major concern that I will be seen grinning inanely on the final cut!
The next take was for a line I hadn't realised I was going to sing. I had to walk in front of the material stall whilst looking into the camera before the camera focuses on Carl who sings the end of the line.
The market was getting busy with shoppers and so the crew had to stop the public from walking into shot. This just increased their intrigue and before I knew it pairs of eyes seemed to follow my every move. If they thought they'd just walked upon a film star, they may have been sadly disappointed to see little old me!
My final solo involved just two words "and hardware." Some bright spark thought it apt to hand me a vacuum hose as my prop. Firstly, I had it round my neck, but when Andy the cameraman said it looked like I was about to strangle myself, a new angle was needed!
The patience of the crew has been amazing and they have all been so friendly throughout this project given that we are amateurs and not used to the workings of radio or television. It's made the entire experience one that I will not forget in a hurry.
Rehearsals are over, recording is complete and filming has now finished. It's been a whirlwind of activity and I feel really honoured to have been given a part in the project. I've met some great people and had lots of laughs on the way. I'm really excited and can't wait to see the finished version of Coventry Market - The Musical!
The premiere is at the market on 4 November and at the same time it will also be shown live on BBC Midlands Today!!
last updated: 06/11/2008 at 11:15