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Cinecast Thoughts 06/18/2012

Post by Mark » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:28 pm

I just got home from the season opening Cinecast and I had to share my thoughts and a few impressions (in reverse favorite order):

6) BLUE STARS

Clearly the first show of the season for these guys. They are using Dvorak's New World Symphony as a framework for a nautical theme show. They had some great musical moments, but the visuals were very rough. I felt the kids were pushing themselves to make it through right now. I am certain they will get there, but it is not locking in yet. It really made me appreciate how polished they can get at the end of the season. I'm excited to see where they take this show through the season.

5) THE CAVALIERS

I was surprised with this show. I usually really like the Cavaliers, but this show left me flat. I didn't get a sense of flow and some segments felts very cluttered, both visually and musically. As the commentator said, the ending is clearly not done visually. I can't recal any specifics about their music. My final reaction was "Rach Star Lite". I hope they can turn this show around for me. I'm sure it is much different live.

4) BLUECOATS

Interesting show. In my mind, much higher quality in design and performance than the corps listed above. I like the theme, color guard uniforms, and performance. There were some nice musical moments and a stronger visual package than last year. The used Phantom of the Opera's Masquerade a framework with music fro Le Reve and Ka. Overall, I liked it and am looking forward to seeing it grow.

3) THE CADETS

I have to admit, I was skeptical when I heard about the Christmas show theme. However, if anyone can pull it off it's these guys. Nice show design, great music, and strong visuals. There were several sections of the show that were clearly unfinished. Sections were the brass just stood still but the music was flying. You know they will be doing crazy, kaleidoscopic drill in the end. The drill designer interviewed even mentioned that they were not marching some sections for the safety of the kids. The main thing I didn't like we're the guard uniforms. You had all white brass and percussion playing beautiful music with guard in fairly unflattering costumes. I get that they were trying to be like presents under the tree, but I felt it detracted from an overall classy show. This one will be interesting to watch.

2) PHANTOM REGIMENT

Phantom Regiment came out of the gate strong. I am surprised this is the first show of the season. They perform Pucini's Turadot. Their musical performance was gorgeous. Their closer was beautiful. The GE and visuals are pitch perfect. This is a solid, classy show that is pure Phantom. I loved every minute of it. There are a few awkward moments with the guard costume change, but I think they will find a way to stage it better. This show made me want to find a way to get to Drums Along the Rockies to see it live.

1) CAROLINA CROWN

Carolina Crown has the most incredible brass performance I have ever seen...no, heard...no, both. The opener is fantastic. I've never before heard such a tough brass book and the drill is insane to boot. There are some stunningly beautiful moments with Fanfare for the Common Man. The show does have some visual dirt, but it still pretty incredible for the start of the season. This show is making me contemplate a trip to Indianapolis.

Truth be told, I initially wrote this list with a tie between Crown and Phantom. :oops: I just couldn't decide who I like better. As I wrote out my thoughts, I found myself gushing over Crown a little more. I think these two shows will be amongst my favorites all season, so I'll just enjoy and leave the ranking stress to the judges.

I'd love to hear anyone else's thoughts who saw the shows, either in the theater or live.

Cheers!

Mark

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Re: Cinecast Thoughts 06/18/2012

Post by chadwick » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:43 am

Thanks for the review! I agree with most of your thoughts as well. Blue Stars did have a lot of dirt but they will clean, clean, clean....but I do think that their spot for a Saturday performance in August may be in jeopardy. I do not understand why they are using a stage again this year. It was so distracting last year and just don't understand why bringing something back two years in a row even if it had been successful last year.

Great point on the Cadets guard unis...yuck! But their show was quite good and I see that one being near or at the top in August.

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Re: Cinecast Thoughts 06/18/2012

Post by cavies79 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:34 am

Mark wrote:I just got home from the season opening Cinecast and I had to share my thoughts and a few impressions (in reverse favorite order):

6) BLUE STARS

Clearly the first show of the season for these guys. They are using Dvorak's New World Symphony as a framework for a nautical theme show. They had some great musical moments, but the visuals were very rough. I felt the kids were pushing themselves to make it through right now. I am certain they will get there, but it is not locking in yet. It really made me appreciate how polished they can get at the end of the season. I'm excited to see where they take this show through the season.

5) THE CAVALIERS

I was surprised with this show. I usually really like the Cavaliers, but this show left me flat. I didn't get a sense of flow and some segments felts very cluttered, both visually and musically. As the commentator said, the ending is clearly not done visually. I can't recal any specifics about their music. My final reaction was "Rach Star Lite". I hope they can turn this show around for me. I'm sure it is much different live.

4) BLUECOATS

Interesting show. In my mind, much higher quality in design and performance than the corps listed above. I like the theme, color guard uniforms, and performance. There were some nice musical moments and a stronger visual package than last year. The used Phantom of the Opera's Masquerade a framework with music fro Le Reve and Ka. Overall, I liked it and am looking forward to seeing it grow.

3) THE CADETS

I have to admit, I was skeptical when I heard about the Christmas show theme. However, if anyone can pull it off it's these guys. Nice show design, great music, and strong visuals. There were several sections of the show that were clearly unfinished. Sections were the brass just stood still but the music was flying. You know they will be doing crazy, kaleidoscopic drill in the end. The drill designer interviewed even mentioned that they were not marching some sections for the safety of the kids. The main thing I didn't like we're the guard uniforms. You had all white brass and percussion playing beautiful music with guard in fairly unflattering costumes. I get that they were trying to be like presents under the tree, but I felt it detracted from an overall classy show. This one will be interesting to watch.

2) PHANTOM REGIMENT

Phantom Regiment came out of the gate strong. I am surprised this is the first show of the season. They perform Pucini's Turadot. Their musical performance was gorgeous. Their closer was beautiful. The GE and visuals are pitch perfect. This is a solid, classy show that is pure Phantom. I loved every minute of it. There are a few awkward moments with the guard costume change, but I think they will find a way to stage it better. This show made me want to find a way to get to Drums Along the Rockies to see it live.

1) CAROLINA CROWN

Carolina Crown has the most incredible brass performance I have ever seen...no, heard...no, both. The opener is fantastic. I've never before heard such a tough brass book and the drill is insane to boot. There are some stunningly beautiful moments with Fanfare for the Common Man. The show does have some visual dirt, but it still pretty incredible for the start of the season. This show is making me contemplate a trip to Indianapolis.

Truth be told, I initially wrote this list with a tie between Crown and Phantom. :oops: I just couldn't decide who I like better. As I wrote out my thoughts, I found myself gushing over Crown a little more. I think these two shows will be amongst my favorites all season, so I'll just enjoy and leave the ranking stress to the judges.

I'd love to hear anyone else's thoughts who saw the shows, either in the theater or live.

Cheers!

Mark

DCI fan since 1993
I didn't get to see the cinema shows, but I have a good feeling that Cavaliers will get it together. They have a new visual designer and they didn't perform the drill to the closer until 2 nights ago. There score increased several points too. They have a really good staff and I believe by midseason, we will see the Cavies of recent years.
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Laredo, Texas

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