A few days ago, the casting for this year’s production of The Nutcracker was released. My friends and I had been discussing the possibilities for weeks now, and we had all been anxiously waiting to find out if our predictions were accurate.. I have been cast as a maid, the snow queen, and marzipan. I had never imagined that I would have been selected for these roles, and I am incredibly thankful.
The enchanted forest of snow has always been one of my favorite scenes out of the entire ballet, and I am absolutely honored to have been cast as the queen. I had always hoped that I would perform marzipan someday, but I never expected it to be so soon…
My very first rehearsal is Tuesday. Wish me luck! 🙂
Looking back, I am so thankful that I pushed all of the hesitation aside and took advantage of the opportunity to choreograph HOUR LIVES. This experience gave me a new perspective of my role as a dancer…
*I realized that the dance is a puzzle and the dancers are the pieces. If one of those pieces are missing, the entire puzzle is incomplete.
*I learned that is very important to “sweat the small stuff.” Little details (like angles and head placement) might seem insignificant, but they glue the entire dance together.
*I found out how crucial communication between the dancers and choreographer is. If there is a problem, it is important to speak up so that it can be corrected as soon as possible. Sometimes, the only way to fix a problem is to change the next sequence of steps, and that is very difficult to do on limited time.
This was definitely not an easy task… There are many moving parts in a dance that all need organization and separate movements, and it was very stressful at times. However, the reward of watching my “vision” come alive was absolutely incredible. This is definitely something that I will consider doing again in the future, and I want to thank all of my dancers for being so understanding with me. You all were amazing, and I couldn’t have wanted for a better group. Thank you!
The 2017-2018 season is quickly coming to an end, and we are mentally/physically preparing ourselves for our last two productions before the curtain closes for the summer. Rehearsals, however, have been delayed, and we now find ourselves trying to whip these shows together before we head back to the theater. On top of all of this chaos, finals week is rapidly approaching…
My brain is spinning…spinning
This is turning into a crazy week!
One heck of a lot of work. Two dead pairs of pointe shoes. Three full show run throughs… These last three days have taken a lot of effort to plow through, and we are mentally preparing ourselves to be back in the theater Friday night.
This has been our week so far:
One hour we are drowning in the lake of countless other swans, and the next, we are royally waltzing across the courtroom to greet Princess Aurora. Then, we face an immediate tempo change to rehearse our guest choreographed modern pieces. Every now and then, we are given spare time in an open studio to practice understudied roles or to go over choreography that occasionally slips the brain.
*We have one day left in the studio… Am I the only one who finds that insane?
It is absolutely crazy to look at the calendar and be able to say,
Swan lake will be onstage exactly two weeks from today…
Time has managed to escape so quickly, and we are racing the clock to finish all of our choreography before our upcoming performances. With all of the snow and ice taking away precious days of work, we have officially reached crunch time. It is going to be a chaotic next two weeks…
Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, a new contemporary work by a guest choreographer, as well as trying to recall our modern piece from the previous season (originally set for the college project) has definitely kept us incredibly busy this past week! Now that our long Christmas break is approaching, we are rehearsing long hours to try and put our shows together on time. We will be back onstage very shortly after we return!
*Speaking of Sleeping Beauty, I don’t think that I have revealed the casting yet. I am very pleased to announce that a very good friend of mine will be dancing as Aurora in this magical February production! I am so excited to watch her perform this role and shine her talent under that spotlight. I received the Canary Fairy, peasant corps de ballet, and waltz corps de ballet. There is so much to do, but I am super excited to see this ballet come together. I think that it is going to be a great show!
As of right now, I think I am going to sit back and enjoy this weekend… Where is my hot chocolate and fuzzy blanket? 🙂 The countdown to Christmas has finally begun.
The weekend, that I have been anxiously waiting for, has finally arrived. It is going to be an incredibly busy next few days!
Tonight, we are performing one 8pm show on top of a 5pm dress rehearsal… Tomorrow, we will have three shows on top of ANOTHER dress rehearsal… At times like these, I am so thankful to be double casted! My friend and I switch back and forth between Gerda and corps de ballet roles. I love having the opportunity to portray so many unique characters in a single weekend (sweet & shy, icy & evil, graceful & comforting, etc.)!
Wish me luck everyone!!
*Tiger Balm, Heating Pad, Band Aides, and Ice.
Hopefully, our production of Snow Queen will turn out “nice”. 😉