I never walk when I can run / I don’t believe I ever could / People try to slow me down / saying boy you really should / kick back and chill but / I can’t stand still!
That’s one of my favorite songs from Footloose and I think it describes the cast at this point in the show. It’s so close to show time, and we’re all really excited, but we’re not quite there yet! I can’t wait to see Devon (Ren) sing and dance to it. I also really like the rap, “Dancing is not a crime”, which is a crime but not a rap in our show, however. Sort of disappointed with that because I think the rap is fun, but it’s just the show. It also works a lot better for the scene.
My last dance rehearsal was Wednesday. We did the finale, which thankfully showcases the adult characters. Not to be a total “Debbie Downer”, but it’s frustrating when you’re inhibited from dancing, a huge, impressive part of a musical. I was happy to dance with my show husband, Coach Dunbar. The adults get to dance down a line, and I feel like I gotta come up with a pretty sweet aisle dance! I was actually surprised at how well I picked up the dance. I came a long way in my dancing and I’m proud of that. It’s not easy for me to be a dancer. I don’t learn dances quickly, but I can perform them with quality once I do. There’s so many talented dancers that come out and do the show, it’s really great to see.
Having it be my last dance rehearsal is so weird. I used to love them, especially during February break because we’d learn a dance in a DAY. My guess is that it takes four or five straight hours for a cast to learn a dance well enough to perform it, and it was nice doing it all in one day. It was fun goofing around with my friends in an empty school – I remember doing “Human Again” from Beauty and the Beast in the cafeteria. I felt like we had all the time in the world, then. Without those rehearsals, I’m surprised we’re pulling together so well. The snow day today did put us back a rehearsal, which was going to be our first (possibly)complete runthrough. Yikes. All lines memorized, off book, dances clean… it can be ugly. But that’s what review is for, and we’re going to be great once the show rolls around! That’s why we work so hard.
We did get our set, also! I saw some nice church looking window thingamabobs, as well as a sign for the dancing place the teens go to. It’s like a rodeo, which is very cute. Apparently a lot of our tech crew built it. I think we are putting it together the weekend before hell week, which is the second week of March.
On an unrelated note, I would like to keep the tech crew in everyone’s minds. A lot of them and a few of the cast lost a good friend this past week, and I would just ask that everybody keep them in their prayers.
I’m trying to come up with some photo’s from rehearsals, and hopefully I will have some soon. Stay warm, everybody!