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    Posted January 3, 2007

Diary of a Dance Captain

By Michelle Kittrell - Dance Captain, LEGALLY BLONDE


Michelle Kittrell

Week Four and Five - New York City

With the completion of the 4th week of rehearsal, we have put the entire show on its feet. We did our first run-through, on Dec. 23rd, right before we had two days off for Christmas. It was exciting to see how the show moves. More importantly, it was what the creative staff needed to see to begin working on specific dialogue, lyrics, and choreography so the story is clear. Jerry likes to work in broad strokes and fill in the detail once he sees if something is working or needs to continue to be worked. So that was the focus of week 5. He became very focused on specificity in all areas. And since he is wearing two hats (director and choreographer), Denis Jones (the associate choreographer) spent time with dance numbers in a second room. He 'set' steps and spacing in musical numbers. And as Dance Captains, Rusty and I assisted in cleaning choreography and answering some questions. By the end of this week, we did a run-through of the show again. The show took an obvious step forward but with all new shows the work continues. Daily improvements happen on a regular basis and, as actors, you can never 'get married' to anything because it is in a constant state of evolvement. But at the same time you must commit to the changes to see if the work is headed in the right direction.

Diary Entries

I was asked to write a journal for Equity's website to explain what the position of Dance Captain entails from the ground up on a new Broadway musical. In my case, LEGALLY BLONDE.

Read All the entries:
Introduction
Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Weeks Four & Five
Week Six
Weeks Seven & Eight
Weeks Nine & Ten
Week Eleven
Weeks Twelve & Thirteen
Weeks Fourteen & Fifteen
Weeks Sixteen & Seventeen
Weeks Eighteen & Nineteen

After two days off for the New Year, we head back into the last week of rehearsals here in NYC. I'm sure this last week will be busy and tiring with getting the show where the creative team and producers want it before going out of town. While we will rehearse daily in San Francisco, there are more elements to deal with once we are on the stage and ultimately in front of preview audiences. Next week will deal with run-through's...and packing! Check back for my next entry.








 
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