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A little something to remember...

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says,
"I will try again tomorrow."

Sunday, November 12, 2006

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Rehearsal Day 3

We are breezing through the show. Today we staged Snow and reviewed choreography all day. By the end of tomorrow, every dance number in the show will be finished! We're working in record speed to get the show on its feet.

The ensemble got the morning off today, which wound up being a nice surprise. We were all able to sleep in, run errands, go to the gym, etc. I think we're all very excited to start putting the scenes together. For the first few days of rehearsal, the ensemble and principals work seperately, so it's always very exciting when the entire company comes together to begin the task of putting the show together.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Rehearsal Day 2

The White Christmas blog is up and running.

What a day! The ensemble spent the entire day dancing. The atmosphere in the room was exciting as we dusted off the steps and brought I Love A Piano out of storage. If ever there was an aerobic tap number, this is it! It has to be though....it's the show-stopper that opens Act Two. I don't want to give away any surprises, but I promise you'll be tapping your toes right along with us!

This afternoon we put the Act One finale, Blue Skies, on it's feet. Not all the numbers in the show are tap numbers, but none will delight more than this homage to the 1930's and 40's movie musicals when dancers danced for the sheer joy of it.

Dancing for joy. That's exactly why we all wake up every morning. We dance because it makes us happy, and it makes you, the audience, happy. With all the chaos in the world these days, it's nice to be able to take a step back and do something that brings joy to the lives of others. It's that joy and happiness that drives us to wake up every morning and deal with aching muscles and tired feet, because we know the end result is worth it.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

White Christmas Rehearsal Blog

So....I've been asked to keep a blog during rehearsals for White Christmas. The blog will be on the Ordway website, but I figure I'll post my writing here on my personal blog as well.


11/1/06:

Rehearsal. Day one. Started the day with a company meeting where we handled Equity (the Actors’ union) business. At 10:30, we joined the Detroit company for a meet ‘n’ greet, which our Producer, Kevin McCollum, said we should rename “White Christmas Reunion.” It certainly felt like a reunion. Seeing everyone from last year and reconnecting with fellow cast members was absolutely wonderful. Hard to believe that it’s been a year since I was invited into the White Christmas family. That’s what it feels like, a family.

At 11:00, we laced up our tap shoes to begin re-learning the opening number of the show, Let Yourself Go. Kelli Barclay, Randy Skinner’s amazing assistant, started rehearsal by letting us dance the big dance section in the number to see what we remembered. It was amazing…19 dancers who hadn’t danced this choreography in a year began dancing like we never stopped. Like riding a bicycle, it all came back. It took us an hour to get the number on it’s feet…staging, spacing, and all. Now we get to clean it and add the Randy Skinner style!

After lunch we began to put the notes and music back together. Our cast has a great blend and wonderful voices. Just like the choreography, the songs came back quickly as well.

I’m ecstatic to be performing this show again. We are all looking forward to bringing White Christmas to St. Paul. It will truly bring a smile to your face and warmth to your hearts this holiday season!