Monday, 3 April 2017

Mary Poppins: So far it's Practically Perfect (In every way)

"If you reach for the stars, all you get are the stars, but we've found a whole new spin. If you reach for the heavens, you get the stars thrown in!" 

   So about two posts ago I brought to your attention the fact that I had gotten a supporting role in Mary Poppins, which is being put on by my local theatre group.

  We are essentially a month away from show week, so I thought I'd give you an update on how things have been going, and what my experience of being in a Broadway show has been like thus far.

GUYS GUYS GUYS!!!!! How do I even begin to explain how amazing this experience has been??? Well let's start at the very beginning. *P.S. All the videos that follow show interviews with the cast, and clips of rehearsals. Exciting much.*

  Two months ago I walked into the first rehearsal feeling extremely nervous. And excited, but mostly nervous. Here I was, a girl with no musical theatre experience, walking into her first show as a member of a company that has been putting on stunning shows for over 30 years. What the heck was I thinking?? I was sure I wouldn't be able to keep up with the crazy rehearsals, and that I'd be nothing compared to everyone else. But I was so, so wrong. Within two rehearsals, I felt like I'd known these people for years, even though I had just met them.

 Fast forward two months and I now have a second family.


   I spend 6-8 hours rehearsing every Sunday, and another 4 hours rehearsing on Thursday's and I never get tired of it because it's such an amazing group of people. Everyone that is there loves the theatre, loves the show, and loves to be apart of such an amazing cast, and that type of energy fuels every rehearsal.


   I've also learned so, so much. I started the show with no dance experience, and limited acting experience. (Singing was fine, I've done enough karaoke to take care of that aspect. ;) But our director and choreographer are so amazing; they take people as they come, and put them where they fit best. Our dance choreographer and instructor are amazing, and thanks to them everyone, even me; someone with no dance experience is now fully apart of the dances.


Not to mention the cast is sooooo talented. We have a ton of professional dancers, and people who can tap, and amazing singers, and it's just AGH so wonderful.

  Today, 90% of our tickets are sold for the show, (that's 3,270 people who are going to see the show; not including two student matinees), we've had our first costume fittings, (they are to die for) our sets are coming along very well, we've almost finished choreographing the 6:00 minute monster of a song Step in Time, (in which I am a chimney sweep, and I get to dance with a broom and jump onto chimneys and dance on chimneys, and get spun by another guy, and end the song with a shoulder lift and a very triumphant Hamilton-esqe pose. It's amazing.) and I can spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

   My onstage mother and her daughter who plays Jane are so much fun, Mary and Bert are absolutely adorable, I've had a ton of laughs with an adorable British lady named Vicky who has just as much trouble dancing as I do, and my on-stage, twin sister and I bonded instantly.

  I'm in love with the cast, in love with the show, and in love with the whole experience. And we're only half-way done!!!

  I'm most definitely going to keep giving updates, and sharing photos and videos as they keep emerging.

  Thanks for putting up with this whale of a post. ;) Y'all are gems.

And if any of you want to learn more about The Community Players of New Hamburg, I'm linking their website below.

https://thecommunityplayers.com/

"Stretch your mind beyond fantastic, dreams are made of strong elastic. Go on, chase your dreams, you won't regret it. Anything can happen if you let it!" 

-Mary Poppins 

1 comment:

  1. This whole experience so far sounds wonderful. I'm sure there are less glamourous and fun bits, but goodness gracious, it really does seem like a special kind of magic, being able to bond with these people over a shared love for musicals and such. You'll have to share some of the footage of the performances for those who can't go. :)

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