So now that Chicago has closed, and campus is shut down because of the weather, I finally have time to post again!
Our first Mainstage production of the season, Chicago, closed this past weekend! In the show I was in the ensemble. Some roles I filled were pretending to play piano onstage (which I actually play), being one of Roxie’s shirtless dancing boys, and getting shot in the Go-to-Hell Kitty scene. I was also Dance Captain, which brought its own set of challenges, in addition to the standard rehearsal/performance work. I ran a few brush-up rehearsals, gave notes, and taught choreography to those who missed rehearsal. Before I came to Fredonia, I had limited dance experience, so the fact that I was able to have this opportunity was incredible. I could go into such detail about the production and the experience, but I have a lot more to talk about in this post. Moving on!
Now that Chicago is over, I am allowed to focus on Dance Ensemble, in which I am involved with Angelika Summerton’s piece. Because of our Chicago conflict, Noelle and I have had to miss most of these beginning rehearsals, so it will be crunch time to catch up and whip this piece into shape! Dance Ensemble also has auditions for the second guest artist: Jon Lehrer! LehrerDance came and performed on campus in September, and now Lehrer will be setting his piece “Alliance” on our cast! We will have to audition in order to get cast, and it will be a great opportunity for all involved. Speaking of dance, I will be joining Mr. Paul Mockovak and Alex Kosmowski in performing the “Nutcracker” with the Neglia Ballet at Shea’s in Buffalo! Alex and I will be Party Adults, which is a very small part, but it will still be a great experience to work with a professional company on a timeless classic. And for my final dance note of the semester, I was cast in a piece in the Orchesis Dance Company, which is a student-choreographed company on campus. It will be an awesome show, so everyone should make an effort to see it!
My next major theatre project will be “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off”, the first Mainstage of next semester. I will be playing Littlechap, an Everyman character, who climbs the social ladder until he realizes status doesn’t mean anything without a family and a legacy. All I’ve heard about production details have been rumors or not set in stone, so more details will come later….
I could keep going for a long time, but I think I’ll leave it at this. Maybe I’ll fill you guys in on my classes next time!