The past few weeks have flown by! I’m down to just 2 weeks of rehearsals before joining the ship. At the end of our third week, the cast did our Office Run. We performed the fairy tale show at the studio theater for an audience of our peers, local friends and family, and most importantly, our employers and instructors.
The week leading up to Office Run is always stressful, but this year, since our run fell in the middle of our rehearsal period, we had the extra challenge of bouncing back and forth between shows. We spent half the week cleaning the fairy tale show, and the other half learning our ballroom show. Not only were we changing shows, we were changing techniques!
Luckily, I have an extremely talented cast, and everyone handled the demands of the week very well. We gave, in my opinion, a wonderful performance! I had a few former cast mates and a family friend in attendance, so I had plenty of support!
The next day, we hit the ground running and learned the finale of the ballroom show. We were supposed to do a full run of the show, but our choreographer took pity on us and let us go early. The following Wednesday, however, we did an informal run of the ballroom show for our casting director and studio admin. Nerves were high, but once again, we pulled it together at showtime. There is still room for improvement, but considering this is many of the dancers’ first venture into ballroom, we did very well.
Half of Thursday was spent on the ballroom show, and the other half was spent beginning our third and final show. There aren’t many dance numbers in it, but the ones that exist are fun and challenging. We are moving quickly through the choreography, so we should have plenty of time left to fine tune all three shows. I have an excellent cast, both personally and professionally, and I know we’ll have a great product to share. I’m excited to get to the ship and hit the stage!