We've just finished day 11 of rehearsal and we are in fantastic shape. In fact, we're in better than fantastic shape: we're more than ready to hit the road and have an audience! That somehow doesn't seem to be possible, with so few rehearsals, but somehow it really feels like that we've been rehearsing for a month. I've never had to move so quickly in a rehearsal process and while it has been overwhelming and exhausting at times, it feels rather great to work at such a brisk, lightning-fast pace. It's a wonderful feeling to come home from every rehearsal and feel that you've accomplished so much in just a few hours.
It's also great to feel I have creative ownership over Charlotte. Even though this is a remount with a production that's been performed for many years, I feel that this version of Charlotte's Web is ours: mine, Aaron's, Kimberly's, Neal's, Dan's, Emily's, and Joe's. There have been many past variations on Charlotte, but mine is unique and very specific to me, which makes me even more excited to travel across the country and share this production with our audiences.
Favorite moments from the past several days include:
But the best thing of all has to be that I am working with an amazing, generous group of artists. When you tour, you're always super nervous about who is in your cast, as you will be with these people A LOT over the next several months. But I really did luck out this time. Without sounding too corny, I am excited to see these people every morning and even more excited to perform with across the country. I am certain that we will bolster, strengthen, and enhance this production every time we perform it. It's only making more and more excited to show it!
So that's where we are right now! We have one more day of rehearsal, and then on Wednesday, we begin the drive down to South Carolina. Our first public performance will be in Clemson, SC on Friday morning.
More to come soon. But now, I must tackle a difficult predicament: trying pack for two months worth of traveling in a variety of climates in this suitcase...
Here goes nothing...
Thanks for reading this far! Until next time!
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