Category Archives: Musical Theater Adventures

I’ve been doing musical theater for a while now. Here’s some stories from my experiences on and off stage.

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This weekend, CYTKC preformed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It was by far one of the best shows I have ever been a part of and I am so thankful for the whole experience. A few days have gone by since we closed the show, and there have been a few things on my mind.

 

To the parents:

Thank you so much for everything that you do. You are the reason that we as cast members are able to have incredible shows. Thank you for the many, many hours of work that you poured into the production. And to my wonderful parents, thank you for always supporting me through this six year journey with CYT. You have always been at every show and make me feel so loved. There have been many sacrifices made, and I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to be a part of something like this with my family.

 

To Meghan and Alisa:

Oh man, you ladies are awesome. Thank you so much for being great examples of Christ-like love and making sure that we stay on track. You do so much for us that we never see, and it’s awesome.  You both have lifted me up on days when I was down and I am so glad to have gotten to see you every time I walked into rehearsals.

 

To Lana, Nick, Lindsay, Jen and Michael:

You guys are the dream team. Thank you so much for investing your time and energy into helping all of us look and sound fantastic. You put up with 92 very noisy kids/teenagers for three months and still managed to love us even when we wouldn’t stop talking. Thank you for always pushing us to be better and never giving up on us. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to staff this show.

 

To the cast:

I love you all so much.

It was wonderful to get to grow closer to all of you and I’m so thankful to have gotten to go through this incredible show with you all. I am constantly amazed by each of you and I’m so glad to have gotten to hang around with really awesome people. This cast was so loving and talented and one that I will never forget. Shout out to my suitor and suitorette family; ya’ll are the bee’s knees ;P

 

 

This will be a show that I will treasure in my heart for years to come. I learned so much, from dancing to loving others, and I am so thankful for the past few months. Each show is so special, and I am so happy that I got to be a part of this one 🙂

 

 

 

Until next time,

Abby

 

Thoughts I Have While Practicing Piano

After playing piano for twelve years, there comes a point where you are able to just sit down and work on a new song with ease. Then, there are those other times were you want to throw your piano out the window because the song you’re working on has five key changes on every page. During my practice sessions, there are usually a few reoccurring thoughts that run through my head, and sometimes come out of my mouth as I mutter angrily as my dog looks at me like I’m crazy.

 

And what better way to illustrate these thoughts than with Hamilton? 🙂

 

“Aw, this looks easy!”

It’s probably in the Key of C at the beginning. False hope. It’s always false hope.

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“Shoot, octaves.”

My hands are small; octaves are hard.

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“Oh right, there’s three flats.”

Everything now and then, you forget, especially after you’ve already changed keys twice.

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“YEAH I GOT THIS!”

When I get the first page down of an eleven page song.

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“I’M THE WORST MUSICIAN EVER!”

When I can’t get the fourth page down of an eleven page song.

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“Why am I even doing this?”

When the music is no longer pretty.

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“Well, I guess it isn’t that bad.”

When someone says what I’m playing sounds nice.

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“YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!”

When I finally finish a song.

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Sometimes practicing can be a real pain, but it pays off in the end 🙂

 

 

Until Next Time,

Abby

 

 

BVN Repertory Theatre Presents “Jane Eyre: The Musical”

I’ve seen a lot of musical theatre, but I don’t think I’ve ever said, “wow” as many times as I did throughout Blue Valley North’s production of “Jane Eyre”. Over the course of two hours, this cast of high school students told the story of a young woman who faces trial after trial and through the course of the show, finds love. I was expecting a good show, but I wasn’t expecting something as extraordinary as what I saw tonight.

There was not a weak link in this cast. There was never one moment when I was cringing in my seat at a slip up or pitchy note. Each cast member was confident in their role, and therefore, every role was made important. From the school girls to Jane Eyre herself, each actor brought an emotion to their role that is a rare occurrence to see at a high school level. The ensemble worked as one unit to move the story along smoothly and professionally, leaving no dull moments in the show.

Along with the actors, the lighting, sets and music were absolutely fantastic. Lighting is extremely important, and I feel as though every lighting choice was beautifully chosen and executed perfectly. The sets were on and off quickly and professionally due to the efficiency of the cast and crew, not causing any delays or accidents. The design complemented the actors well and was the perfect fit for the production. The orchestra, consisting of Julie Danielson, Sean McCray, Kristen Xu and Vaugh Gessley, was gorgeous. Always on cue, this pit knew what they were doing, and they did a marvelous job.

I want to pay special notice to Elie Laville and Lexi Pudvan. Laville is the model leading man, bringing such intense emotion and a driving force every time he steps on stage. Playing the demanding Edward Fairfax Rochester, Laville’s acting and singing keeps the audience mesmerized,  whether he is shouting at his horse or pretending to be a gypsy woman. Pudvan, playing the title lead, is nothing less than phenomenal. Right from the get-go, she has the audience hooked, telling us her life story. With her amazing vocals and wonderful stage presence, Pudvan brings a certain kind of purity to her character that is often lost throughout the course of musical theatre.

I could not of thought of a better way to spend an evening. If you have the opportunity to see this show, take it. You will regret not getting to experience this amazing work of art. To the cast and crew, bravo. I thoroughly enjoyed all your hard work, and I wish you the very best as you close Friday night.

Charlotte Brontë would have been very pleased.

Until next time,

Abby

How to Survive Show Week (In Seven Easy Steps)

Ah show week: the most exciting part of the process of theatre (and also the most stressful). With adrenaline and emotions running high, it’s easy to crash and burn half way through the run of a show. That being said, I have devised a list of helpful tips to keep you on your toes and ready for each curtain rise during the week, without pulling your hair out (or wig off)

Let’s begin:

#1) SLEEP. 

It’s great! It fixes a whole lot of problems. Believe me, I love to say up late binge watching “Gotham” as much as the next kid, but sleep is really really important. It let’s your body repair and your mind to reset for the next day of performing.

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#2) Eat Healthy Food

I am notorious for snacking on junk food. Half the time, I forget to pack a lunch for the day, so I’m stuck munching on goodies from the vending machine. What I like to do is have a big bowl of pasta stocked in the fridge so that I can grab a quick meal before call time. Apples, peanut butter, and granola are also other favorites I like to have packed in my back pack so that I can grab a bite on breaks. Fruit, veggies and carbs are your friends!

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#3) Hydrate or Dydrate.  (Totally stole this from the Hesmans)

WATER WATER WATER. I am a total coffee addict, but water is so important. Last spring during Godspell, all of the disciples hid water bottles on stage so that we could grab a swig in between songs. Sometimes you have to be creative, but constantly hydrating will save you from getting super sick.

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#4) Don’t Sing All the Time

This goes out to all the musical theatre folks. Singing is great, but too much of it will kill your voice. If your director gives you the option to mark your songs during rehearsal, TAKE IT AND RUN. You’ve worked hard, you know your stuff, give yourself a break.

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#5) Have a “Comfort” at the Theater

In the company I do theatre with, we are all required to have “show boxes”, which is where all our costumes, make-up, and street clothes live while at the theater. It’s also nice to stash some sort of comfort item in your area, whether it’s a really cozy jacket, a blanket or even a stuffed animal. I am amazed by the diversity of pillow pets that I see during show week. I personally like to have my Clone Wars throw blanket with me to doze with on breaks or in between acts. No one is gonna judge; they might try to steal it though if it’s really awesome.

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#6) Get alone for at Least 5 Minutes

Even if you love people, being around 60+ people at a time can be extremely overwhelming. So whether it’s before or after a show, find time to get alone and center yourself. In the current theater we’re getting ready to perform in, I like to go to the steps by the tunnel that goes under the stage and talk to God before a show. Having a few peaceful moments can make all the difference (just make sure that someone knows that you’re having quiet time so they don’t think you went missing ;P).

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#7) Love Your Fellow Cast Members

The bond that you have with your cast will effect the entire course of your show run. If it’s not solid, it’s not gonna be a good week. You want to support the ones who are going through the story with you night after night, because they are going to be the ones to lift you up with you are struggling. Don’t be a diva, because you’re all in this together (yes, the pun was intended). Tell the person next to you that they’re doing a great job, and help that little kid make sure that they’re eye liner is straight. Little things like that can go a long way.

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All in all, show week is fantastic. You get to put on all the hard work that you’ve been pouring yourself into for weeks on end. So enjoy it! But don’t forget to take care of yourself and everyone around you 😉

Until Next Time,

Abby

The Legend of CYTKC High School Camp

Legend tells of a place called CYT Kansas City. Once a year, when the warm winds and humidity comes, creatures called teenagers gather together to do the unthinkable: learn a musical in a week. Guided by the wisdom of the Great Milbourn and her trusted team, these students sing, dance and sweat for hours upon hours, putting together an incredible show for all to see. Those who have experienced the final product of these fabled camps are astounded and amazed, while those who haven’t question whether this legend is true. They scoff at the idea of something so extraordinary being a possibility, even though through God, all things are possible.

It has come time once again for the high schoolers to gather in the Great Hall to work together to tell a hilarious and entertaining story involving love, betrayal, and the word, “pee” being said many, many times. They will push past their limits, and then push a little bit farther, and because of their hard work, they will put on an incredible show. And though they work hard during the daylight, in the evening, they come together and do something even more beautiful than performance; they worship their Creator as one, huge body of believers. It is a fantastic week of growth that not only blesses the audience with a wonderful show, but the campers with a deeper relationship with fellow believers and Christ.  So to the scoffers and skeptics, come see for yourself what teenagers can really do when given the chance to step up to the plate.

If you have yet to see a CYTKC Master camp, this is the show to come to. I highly suggest ordering your tickets online, because in the past, they have had to turn people away. It’s an incredible week and will be an awesome show. You don’t want to miss it! Here’s a link to order tickets: https://www.cytkc.org/gettickets.aspx

I hope to see you at the show!

Until next time,

Abby

Close Shave Presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

I have been doing and watching musical theater for quite some time now, and through my years as a performer and audience member, I have come to have a list of “favorites”. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is on that list. I’ve seen it six different times, each cast being very different from the other, but Close Shave’s production of the show is by far the best version I have ever seen, and one of the best overall productions I have seen performed by high school students. But what made this cast and performance so special? Well, for starters, it was directed by teenagers. Yes, you read that right: teenagers, ranging from the ages of 15 to 19, all of who have performed in numerous musicals before, organized and led the cast (with the help of some very incredible parents). That’s not something that happens very often. Then there’s also the fact that it was a quality performance. If you’ve watched a lot of theater, you know that there are some shows that you go to where you are just gripping the edge of your chair, fighting the urge to run out the doors. The cast was fully engaged in their world; always reacting to each other and making the audience connect on an emotional level. But the reason I loved this show so much was that they made it a show about people, which can be a lot harder to pull off than you would think.  Each character gives you a different perspective on competition, the value of hard work, and the importance of each individual life.

Rona Peretti, played by Olivia Schneider, brings a light hearted take to the Bee. Once a champion herself, she is played opposite Evan Phillips, who plays Douglas Panch, the school’s Vice Principal. Very dry, very funny, Phillips brings a comedic energy to the stage while Schneider is loving and understanding of the kid’s feelings during the competition. Mitch Mahoney, played by Erin Cangelose, is a “comfort counselor” doing community service while on parole. She is “on” while on stage; constantly reacting snidely to the events of the Bee and every now and then, yelling at an uncooperative speller.

Chip Tolentino, played by Andrew Ascher, is the picture of a “good, all-American kid”. Boy scout and past spelling bee winner, he gives the example of how it you don’t always get your way, how you react shapes you into who you are. You can let situations that don’t really matter in the long run destroy your self esteem, or let them build you up. Ascher brings a very charming yet still innocent take to Chip’s character, which can be difficult while singing about… well, a distraction (My Unfortunate Distraction).

Leaf Coneybear, played by Ryan Beard, is a character that has a very positive outlook. Homeschooled, he is, quite frankly, really weird. But unlike Chip, he is constantly optimist through the story, and is a happy-go-lucky character. It’s interesting to see his reactions throughout the Bee, because unlike many of the constants, he is just super happy to be there, and is hoping to prove to his gigantic family that he is more than they think he is (I’m Not That Smart). Beard is hilarious, and is excellent at playing the stereotypical homeschooler with his impressive comedic timing.

Marcy Park, played by Faye Rebottaro, is the polar opposite of Coneybear. She’s the girl who can do it all, which is something that is a heavy weight on her shoulders. She has a reputation for winning and being incredibly well rounded, and I feel that her character conveys one of the biggest points of the show: Winning isn’t everything; even Jesus, played by Tyler MacSweeny, didn’t care if she won the Bee or not. Rebottaro is fantastic at playing the straight laced character, never breaking her stone face demeanor, and is also very entertaining with her tricks on stage (I Speak Six Languages).

Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre, played by Alyse Berger, was the character that pulled on my heart strings the most throughout the show. She is the youngest speller in the bee and the adopted daughter of two gay fathers, played by Randy Jackson and Daniel Verschelden. They are the definition of helicopter parents, constantly pushing her to be the very best, stressing to her that “God hates Losers” (Woe is Me). Out of all the times that I have seen this show, this was the first time that Logainne’s character made me cry. Many people can connect to Berger’s performance of a child who is trying their very best to live up to ridiculous expectations and who is scared to death of failure.

William Barfee, played by Zach Faust, is one of the more eccentric characters in the cast, with his funny voice and his spelling technique (Magic Foot). Though he loves spelling (and being right), he is also a lover of science, which is not encouraged by his step-mother. He has a hard outer shell, but has a softer side that comes as the show progresses. Faust, who is on his second run of playing this character, brings a hilarious boy who struggles with major nasal issues and people skills into a new light from other productions, and is an actor who is the glue on stage for his fellow cast mates.

Olive Ostrovsky, played by Libby Terril, is the sweetheart of the show. A very shy, timid little girl, she is dealing with the absence of her mother, played by Olivia Schneider, who is in India to “find herself”, and the emotional absence of her father, played by Christian Geil. There is the underlying idea that she is being abused by her father, who is angry that his wife is gone (The I Love You Song), but through out the show, you see the character gain confidence that was buried inside of her. Terril makes you feel for this little girl, and you as an audience member, you want to see her succeed.

Putnam made me feel for these characters. Every one of them had a life outside of the Bee, but all of their lives came together in the school gym. Each was very different from the person sitting next to them, but all of them were extremely important. This show gives a powerful message: People are very important. We often get so swept up in ourselves that we forget how special and valuable other people are. I will never look at this show the same way after watching the performance this afternoon, and I highly suggest that you take the opportunity to go see this incredible cast tell a powerful story about people. Below, there is a link listed to order your ticket online. It is HIGHLY suggested that you order online, two shows are just a few tickets away from being sold out.

Thank you, Putnam Cast, for putting on such an incredible performance. It is one that I will hold in my heart forever 🙂

Until Next Time,

Abby

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Things I Learned While in California

I’m a Midwest girl; born and raised, I’ve lived in the middle of the USA my entire life. But recently, I went San Diego for an Improv competition and got to experience life on the West coast. I’ve always been interested in surfing, skate boarding, and just traveling in general, so getting to experience that life style for a week was incredible. Below is a list of things that I learned while spending time away from home:

1) I have to start working harder at learning different languages (mainly Spanish).

2) Becoming more coordinated would be awesome, as I desperately want to learn how to surf someday.

3) Sunscreen is EXTREMELY important, as is reapplying said sunscreen.

4) The ocean is breath-taking, and a lot colder than you would think.

5) Art can be found anywhere, even electrical covers.

6) You have to keep trying sushi to get used to it.

7)  Sand. Gets. Everywhere.

8) You can pull up to the beach with a sketchy white van and let people take pictures by it, as long as you have four exotic birds with you.

9) California has super good ice cream places.

10) There are so many opportunities on the coast for the career path that I’m pursuing, but I can’t get those opportunities without working hard at home. It’s great to have dreams, but you have to work to achieve them.

I am so thankful for the time that I got to spend in California. It was a big eye-opener, and I feel very motivated to start working even harder at refining my skills as an artist, writer, performer, and leader. I hope to head back to San Diego someday for a longer stay, but until then, I’ll be chasing my passions back home and working my tail off to be the best that I can be.

Until Next Time,

Abby

#GodspellFeels

Almost positive that my director is gonna tell me to go to bed once he sees this. I apologize in advance for any confusing sentences as I am running on a slap-happy burst of energy.

Tonight was our final rehearsal of Godspell before we start our weekend run. It’s incredible how  far we’ve come in the past two months. For those of you who don’t know, Godspell is basically Matthew 5-7, Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. (Go give it a read, it’s good stuff.) When I first saw the cast list for this show I was over the moon. I was in this show when I was 13 and was on stage for about 25 minutes of the entire show, while this time around, I am on the stage for about 95% of the show. It’s such a huge transition from being in kid’s chorus to being one of the disciples; there was a lot more pressure because all of us have a bunch of lines that can sometimes fly right out of our heads when we need them the most. But I don’t think I’ve ever felt this blessed.

When the rehearsal process started, I began praying that God would open my eyes to something bigger. I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was about three, and I’ve always grown up in a family that LOVES Him, so my faith sometimes feels mediocre. Don’t get me wrong, my faith is my own, but it often times felt so routine. It didn’t really hit me until last night (our Tuesday rehearsal) what was going through the hearts of the disciples while they were following Jesus 2,000 years ago.

My character (as most of my fellow cast mates would agree) is one of, if not the youngest disciple out of the nine of us. Now, imagine if you are a young child, and an extraordinary person comes who has all the answers that you’ve been looking for. He’s charismatic, he’s smart, and he’s zealous about his cause. You think that he’s the King that you’ve all been waiting for for many generations. If he hand picked you to follow him, it would be one of the most incredible things that had ever happened to you. But then, after a long time of following him, he is killed right in front of you: your King is dead. It’s confusing and heart-breaking and infuriating all at once. BUT THEN HE RISES FROM THE DEAD. Being a disciple is an emotionally roller coaster!

These feelings all really clicked for me completely tonight as we ran the show. I often try to be at Wes’s (the guy who plays Jesus) heels on stage, trying to soak in all the words he says. You know those little kids that always follow around that really cool big kid? Yeah, that’s me. It’s heart breaking when he “dies” in the second act of the show. Hearing my fellow cast mates scream and cry pulls at my heart, and I finally am starting to understand what the 11 guys who followed Him for 3 years felt like when their leader was brutally murdered. But oh man, when He rose again, they must have been jumping for days. I am so thankful that I am starting to be able to really empathize with one of the first followers of Christ, because in real life, I really am one. Anyone who is a believer in Him is a disciple, and as a disciple, we are called to proclaim His glory to the world.

I will forever be thankful that I got the opportunity to play this part. It’s been wonderful to act with some really awesome people. Big shout outs to my fellow disciples: Maggie, Hillary, Olivia, Regan, Ryan, Aaron, Caleb and Zach (Judas) and Wes (Jesus) who have been so much fun to work with. To the directing staff, thank you for leading us through the last few months and making us look great. To the parents, holy cow, you are rock stars and we could never do something like this without you. But most importantly, I want to thank God for opening my eyes to a deeper part of my faith in Jesus. The biggest goal of this show is not to always be in the front and in the spotlight; it’s to make people love Jesus more, and that goal as most definitely been achieved in me. My cup truly does run over with His many blessings. I hope that you’ll have the opportunity to come out and see it this weekend! You won’t regret it 🙂

Until next time,

Abby

How to Treat PSD (Post-Show Depression

Ah, the Monday after a show weekend. It’s like you forget how to function without wearing dance shoes for hours, singing all day, and putting on gallons of make-up. But, all good things must come to an end. PSD, aka, Post-Show Depression, is an illness all actors face at one point or another, and becomes more severe depending on how the show turns out. After six years of doing musical theater, I have learned a few ways to help relieve the pain of PSD.

 1) CryaiZY29n

Yeah, it’s okay to sit and cry for a bit. It’s sad when you have to end a chapter of your life that was really fun. Plus, you’re exhausted, and sometimes it’s good to let out any frustrations and exhaustion through some tears. Watch Les Mis if you need help to get the water works going.


469480781cbcf128fad8d23fc1eb29b92) Sleep

There is no way that you go enough sleep this past week (or month, depending on the run of the show). So, sleep! Your body and brain will thank you after you catch some much earned zzz’s.

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3) Distract yourself with the chores/homework that you blew off 

I’m in the middle of doing this myself. Just like sleep, you and I both know that you blew off something important stuff this week. While your mom might understand you blowing off doing the dishes for a few days, your teachers might not be that understanding. I spent some quality time in the studio today catching up on my art project for my drawing class, and tonight, I will be catching up on some math. Not the most fun, but it’s a good distraction.

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Just because the show ended doesn’t mean that you have to stop talking to your friends! You just spent the last few months bonding with these people, so give them a call! Hang out! Share show memories, and repeat step one if needed.

5) Sign up for another show
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No two shows are alike. Each show holds new things to be discovered, and while the last show might have been wonderful, who knows what’s in store with the next one! Come on, you know you want to! You can’t keep the theater person off the stage for too long before they go a little bonkers.

To anyone going through PSD, it does get better. While sometimes I miss shows, even from a few years back, there’s always a new adventure to look forward to. So let PSD run it’s course, but don’t let it keep you down for too long! Something will be coming, and though you don’t know what it is, I bet it’s gonna be great.

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Until Next Time,

Abby

Things You Learn in the Ensemble

If you haven’t figured out by now, I love musical theater. While I write this, I am actually waiting for the “PLACES!” call to be made for my 21st musical through a wonderful theater group called CYT. Cinderella has been a blast. I adore the story, and the musical has been so much fun (even more fun than the first time :D)

This is the first show in a while that I’ve done with CYT that I have been in the ensemble. No lines to memorize, no big solos. I wish I could say that I was thrilled when the cast list for this show came out in December, but to be honest, I was a little disappointed. I had gotten used to getting a script. I like learning lines, and getting to have a bit bigger spotlight, and because of that, my pride took a hit when I learned that I was in the ensemble. But you know what? This has been one of the best shows I have ever been apart of.

There’s a lot of great things that you can learn when you aren’t a lead. Here are some things that I’ve learned after many times of being in the background.

 1. You learn a lot of different kinds of dances. 10349967_332820596902506_1802047354467327336_n

You never know what kind of dance you’re going to learn being in the ensemble. I did one show recently where I learned a tap dance, a ballet dance and two partner dances. Not being restricted to a lead role gave me the opportunity to expand my dance experience, and for that I am very grateful. It beats being in dance classes!

10906414_332817690236130_4270140695354982277_n2. You learn how to be funny without a script.

This might be a personal one, but let me know if you relate. I do improv a lot (in fact, I’m on a team that’s going to California this summer to compete), so I often try to find funny things to add to scenes. Sometimes, it’s easier to add bits to a scene when you have a script. Peter Pan, for an example, had a lot of improv. That might be because Captain Hook and I have a lot of experience acting together, but we often found little ways to make lines funnier. But in the ensemble, you are free from a script. You can develop a character all on your own and it adds to the show as a whole. I’m glad that I’m part of a cast whose ensemble does not look bored to death in the background.

3. You learn by watching and listening.10888801_10152923533677416_7976246887617228658_n

This is something that everyone can do, but it’s especially true to ensemble members. You are often watching the directors work with other cast members, and you can pick up techniques and tips from just listening to other actors being directed. You never know when something you’ve heard will help you in a future audition or role.

Ensemble Blog 24. You learn how to change costumes quickly.

In many shows, it’s the ensemble folks who have the most costumes. Now, in Cinderella, our sweet leading lady has an impressive wardrobe, and the other leads have multiple costumes. But often, many leads will only have one costume while ensemble members have 2, 4 or 6 different costume changes. In the show I did over Christmas break, my fastest change was about 30 seconds: I changed from a black evening gown and black shoes to a bright green dress with tan shoes. It can be stressful, but it becomes almost a science when you get all your changes down.

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My favorite thing that has come out of Cinderella is the friendships that have come from it. When you are a lead, you often don’t have time to interact with the other people in the cast. You only really hang out with your fellow leads, which isn’t horrible, but you don’t get to meet everyone. With this show, I have done my best to talk to as many people as possible, especially the kids that are younger than me. I have gotten very close with my fellow ballroom ladies and it’s been so wonderful to just chill out and talk and laugh with them. You never know when you are going to impact someone, or if little feet are following you.

In all honesty, if you asked me if I had the choice between a lead and an ensemble member, I would probably pick the lead. But, I feel after going through this show, I will not be extremely upset if I am part of the ensemble in the next show I’m in. I strongly believe that every role I get is hand picked by God, and whether it’s for something I need to learn or I need to be in a place to be there for a fellow cast member, I know that every part is perfect for my current situation. While it’s fun being a lead, it can also be a blast being in the ensemble. It all depends on your attitude 🙂

Until next time,

Abby