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More than one Narrator 

How Many Narrators?
One 47%  47%  [ 26 ]
Two 16%  16%  [ 9 ]
Three 22%  22%  [ 12 ]
More than three 15%  15%  [ 8 ]
Total votes : 55

More than one Narrator 
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Young Hoofer
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I just resently did it with 4 narrators. I'm not sure on the specifics on how they broke the part up, but we defenatly had one that did most of the high stuff one one that did most of the lower stuff.

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My school is doing Joseph for the winter musical and we're dividing the Narrator into 3 parts... I'm both bummed and excited. I really hope I get one of them. I think I will, since I'm a junior and have experience and all that jazz. Still, I think I would've preferred for it to be a single role rather than split into 3 roles. -sigh- Not that it matters. Joseph is basically a vehicle for our "Mr. Amazing Cody Smallwood" to be showcased... again. Lol =D

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I'm the curent Narrator in my high school production and i guess it would depend how you did it with more than one narrator. My Director was stupid and said that if we had more than one narrator all the narrators would sing for different songs. For instance one would sing the prologue the next would sing Jacob and Sons. I am so glad that this didn't happen.

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We had two narrators at the community theatre I just did it with, but they alternated shows, rather than songs. Kept them both healthy, but maintained the integrity of the score.

That said, it made for awkward conversations when friends would ask which one to go see.

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A lot has been said about doing the show the way Mr. Webber wrote it, with one narrator.

If authenticity to his vision is your credo, your one narrator had better be a big black guy.

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We don't have one in my school production.
It's all just chorus.
Boy, was THAT a mistake.


Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:27 pm
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Monsieur D'Arque wrote:
A lot has been said about doing the show the way Mr. Webber wrote it, with one narrator.

If authenticity to his vision is your credo, your one narrator had better be a big black guy.


Not quite correct. When Mr. webber origianly wrote this, it was written for a school choir (every member of the choir sung everything therefore they were all narrrator's).


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But his revised Broadway version, the version licensed today, was for a male, black Narrator. The fact that he has since been replaced by Mary Poppins is a constant point of debate in the theater world.

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Monsieur D'Arque wrote:
But his revised Broadway version, the version licensed today, was for a male, black Narrator. The fact that he has since been replaced by Mary Poppins is a constant point of debate in the theater world.


I would like to know your source for this information. I know that up until the original broardway production, the Narrator was male (in stage productions). But I have never heared anything about it being specified as black.


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I believe it was mentioned in a previous discussion on the board.

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Our school is thinking of putting this one on next year, and actually I really do like the idea of having 2 narrators, but only if they can harmonize right and stuff... I'd never want it to be more than two though, or it would crowd up the stage... Just saying my piece...

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We did a production with three Narrators. It was very cool because they played the three off as a mother and daughters during the begginning. They also split the singing by character. The oldest, the mother did most of the "lessons" and less story related pieces. The older daughter did the other story points, and the Youngest was more interactive with the characters and story, less storytelling, like it was her first time visiting a school with her mom and sister.


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