While in the midst of only our 2nd week of rehearsal, I am astonished at the rate that our musical is coming together. I am so used to working 2 hours a day, 2-3 times a week, painstakingly watching piece by piece slowly mend to one another; a snail’s pace compared to this.
It’s only the middle of week 2, and we almost have our whole show blocked and set. The picture of what this show can and will be is clear, not just to me but to everyone. It thrills me to see what magic can happen when we allow ourselves to be the best we can be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from perfection (if that’s even attainable), but everyone is so dedicated to making this show great, it’s something so indescribably beautiful to see. Everyone has their own character and story, each adding their layer of unique quirkiness that makes this such a wonderful Broadway / Disney-esque comedy.
What I adore about my cast and my school is that we are given the opportunity to be amazing from our instructors and we accept and rise to that challenge. I am absolutely amazed by the skills of my fellow cast mates and what we are capable of producing when given the opportunity. One of these opportunities, is that a few of my cast mates also get to teach choreography to the company whether it’s a position of dance captain or teaching a style of dance that they are very confident with, like Lumiere and Babette’s Tango in Be Our Guest. It’s really beneficial for me as a student to see this, being that I do want to eventually teach musical theater in my own studio one day when I’m older. That’s one of the reasons I am so excited to return for 2nd year in September, because that’s the year when we start getting to produce our own work, and learn how to do that work as a professional.
CCPA doesn’t just train you to be an amazing performer, they teach you any skills you would need to know in the theater business, onstage or off. In 2nd year, we get so many opportunities to create, imagine, and explore the depth of our own unique creativeness. I am so fascinated by all the individual pieces of magic that make this awe-inspiring final product, and I have a safe place where I can explore.
I myself would like to be an instructor one day, in my own studio where I can train kids to sing, dance and act, starting at a young age so that when they get to high school, they know the arts is a legitimate option post-graduation, and it’s not so scary. If we start giving the skills needed to be successful in the arts earlier on, there will be so many more talented performers going after their dreams and not sitting at the end of the junior year wondering what “legitimate” road they need to take. I want to make sure more kids can experience the joy I feel being at this school, and loving every minute of their college life, not stuck in a class they aren’t passionate about. If I can even give that to one kid in the future, I will have done what I am setting out to do. And who knows, my road to that may not be a straight path; I may divert my path briefly to do wardrobe or set design or to direct, as long as I can inspire even one person to pursue their passion somewhere along the way, I will be happy.
That’s all for this week pals. Stay classy and sassy my friends.