In only one day more than a week from now, i.e. on Saturday, 25 November, my choir will take part in the performance of Handel's oratorio "Theodora" (largely unknown!) in St Lucas Church in the neighbouring town. Unlike most oratorios, we are not going to present this as "just" a concert, but as a drama. We'll build up a stage in church the day after tomorrow after the morning service, which will get a stage background and all, and the solo singers who sing the major parts will act the piece along with a little stage choir (to represent the "crowd" that my choir will also represent with our voices, but we shall not be seen, both choir and orchestra must sing and play on the balcony in front of the organ, for there is not enough room in the church otherwise) and two silent players who act the part to two Roman soldiers. A group of three ballet dancers will also appear for a short while in Act 2 while the festivities to celebrate the Roman gods Cypris and Venus will be going on. We've practised our choir pieces all throughout the last couple of months, and now the theatre rehearsals with the students to act "the crowd" for us are in full swing. As of Monday, the solo singers will be in town every day for their parts, alone or with the students, and I will be deeply entangled with the whole practise works since I was chosen to be the director's assistent. I am quite excited to see how work will proceed once the orchestra and soloists will be around, and what it'll look like when we take it to the "real" stage (it is a makeshift affair, for a church is not a theatre), and they will all act their parts in their outfits. Whoever feels like doing so, think of us during all of next week and mostly so on the 25th ... this is a kind of project our choir and choirmaster have never taken up before, we've sung many a concert but never done any real "play" - "opera" - with people ACTING their parts!