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    Posted March 5, 2007

Diary of a Dance Captain

By Michelle Kittrell - Dance Captain, LEGALLY BLONDE


Michelle Kittrell

Week 12 &13 - "Goodbye San Fran...Hello Broadway!"

We completed our 7 weeks on the West Coast, February 24th, to a completely sold out house and a stage full of enthusiastic actors! Generally speaking, everyone was thrilled to have experienced our out of town try out but eagerly looking forward to getting to NYC. So the last Saturday night performance was a blast!

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

But going back a couple of weeks...after opening, we continued on with the same schedule which included daily revisions and lots of rehearsal. You might think that after the official opening we would have our days free and the show would be frozen...um, wrong! We worked just as hard for just as many hours even after the show opened. And the show certainly did not freeze. New script changes even went in on our last day...so no one on the creative team was 'coasting', .Every day was a new opportunity to make the show even better than it is... even when everyone was exhausted!

Our last week still included rehearsals even though our designers packed up to get prepared for Broadway. So no technical changes occurred. And the excitement continued as our second female Swing graced the stage for three performances (stomach illness plagued our cast). This time we did have time for a very quick 'put in rehearsal' and there was plenty of notice for Tracy Jai Edwards to prepare...as well as the wardrobe and hair departments. Rusty was backstage throughout the show throwing out 'onstage traffic and numbers' (for spacing) before Tracy hit the stage while I lead her on and backstage as well as giving her reminders during costume changes in the dressing room. It involves quite a few people to keep the show running like a well oiled machine!

Now that our time in San Francisco is complete, we have been given two weeks off! Everyone went their merry way....some to Hawaii, Florida, LA, NYC, and somewhere in between. It's so rare to have time off that everyone jumped at the chance. We will all join again on March 12th, for ten days, back in the rehearsal studio where we will repeat the process all over again. So glamorous, right? But it's a new show....so it's all worth it!

I'll fill you in once we get going again...until then...stay warm!












 
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