There’s been a freak accident: a member of the cast has broken her foot…I feel terrible for her.
This has now propelled me into an incredibly busy time: I’m now “on” as her for the next six to eight weeks—in addition to continuing to cover for Maria.
How quickly things can change when you’re on the road!
The latest move of our show has been a bit tough on my voice and I’ve had a couple of vocal massages in the last two weeks to release the tension around my larynx and tongue root.
A vocal massage is just what you think it would be; it’s carried out by a professional physiotherapist.
It’s something I found out about from friends and most vocal schools and teachers know about it and recommend it—I would always go to someone who has been personally recommended to you.
When the larynx sits too high in the throat, it can tire your voice and ultimately lead to problems. I wasn’t suffering in any big way; the massage was mostly a precaution.
Having the massage hurts like x#@%&! Afterwards though, the voice is really free. Nice.
In other news…a little self-control appears to have returned to my life: I’m eating well again, apart from stuffing myself with the occasional amazing curry, which Bradford does so well.
Those of you who have castigated me for my wild lifestyle will be happy to hear that I can’t go out as much at the moment because we’re living so far away from the venue.
A tiny cold never really came to anything but I had to be a bit careful with my voice for about a week. Lots of water, not too much talking and making sure that all the important underpinning support was going on (like exercise).
Vocally, however, it’s the busiest it’s been yet— keeps me from getting complacent!
Gotta go – stage call is in ten minutes…
If you have a question for Emma Sewell (who is currently covering for Maria – Connie Fisher – in The Sound of Music) you can email her via the VoiceCouncil editor: email@example.com