Wednesday, February 27, 2008
A Rugby Musical
I have to come up with an idea for an original musical for a class, and I've decided to have it be about rugby. I'm thinking the story should follow a rookie class in their first season, focusing on like, three players for the sake of not being totally confusing. I'm having it be about men's rugby, and I'm pretty excited. I don't need to put together a whole show, just come up with a story and a couple of scenes. So far I've decided to have a practice scene with lineouts and passing balls around looking all synchronized and sweet, and like, having rookies mess up and have to run laps (there's a slight hazing theme). I also want a game scene with a dramatic injury, and to include the Haka, and to have a scene with men's and women's rugby partying together. I'm going to try to use at least a couple of real rugby songs in the musical, I'm thinking "Alouette" for the party, and maybe "Jesus Can't Play Rugby" if I can work it in. I can't write songs, but if this was going to be a real musical I'd want a song about getting your nickname, something like "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" from "Gypsy". I'm basing some characters on real rugby boys (Big Tree totally gets a part, and Chase, as the heart-of-gold, bull dog-y, naked guy), and despite Clarence's worries that I'm going to tarnish their image or make them seem haze-alish and bad, it's going to send a pro-rugby message. I love the boys ruggers, I don't know what he's worried about.