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24 January, 2008: Day 6

Featured dancers Cara Thomas and Emily Williams

Kayla Mini '11

Featured dancers Cara Thomas '11 (left) and Emily Williams '10 complement the vocalists in the song "By My Side."


We complete “Light of the World” today, ‘phew’! This one was a doozy. By that I mean a headache to sort through. We normally practice in a Climenhaga rehearsal room, but today we stationed ourselves in the Witmer Dance Studio so the cast could learn the dance more easily with the mirrors. I feel like I compromised creativity in some parts of the routine, but the changes were necessary. The actors can actually sing now. I think the dance will look awesome on stage, no doubt about it, but it’ll require some major refining. Also, I'm not content with the ending movement. I don’t know why I stuck with it. I might alter those final eight counts.           

I can tell the actors feel pressured now.  Everyone’s exhausted. I sense frustration as we learn choreography today. We struggle to maintain energy. The cast gets a tad aggravated with me, and admittedly I teach at a fast pace because I feel the pressure, too. It grows tiring, doing the same thing every day, some 20-odd days straight. Lately my friends ask me, when I explain how I’m spending J-term, “Oh, so, do you actually work?” Normally, I would respond sarcastically. Now, my answer: “Yes, I’m working very hard. Honestly, the actors and directors are working even harder. This theatre thing – it’s no joke.”                                                                                      

Or maybe you knew that already.

The daily schedule:  9 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m., then 6 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Every day. All day. No small endeavor. 


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