Friday, July 31, 2009

Dancing Through Life: Spending the Summer of '09 as Choreography Intern

Wow. I completely forgot to blog for about 2 weeks... but I'm making up for it now. (The reason I forgot is because I was performing!!)
This summer at Gooseberry was amazing. I think I've had more responsibility, dance-wise, especially when I'm doing warm-ups, than I've had before. And you all made it so much fun... It was amazing to go from getting the script, reading it, learning "Paragonia" (I remember, that was the first song we learned).. all the way to performing the show for an audience. It has been an amazing and thrilling process, I must say. And it makes me proud of us all to see how we've danced through it!

Monday, July 20, 2009

It's a Topsy, Turvy World...

Parent Preview was a huge success... The costumes were perfection, the singing was amazing and the comedic timing was inspired...
I dare say Gilbert & Sullivan themselves would have been impressed.

Can't wait for opening night...

*Submitted by Marisa Sweeney

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Helping Out

Several members of the Gooseberry Park Players used a bit of their free time to help out at Churches United for the Homeless last night. Our pastor, George Fincke, left the kitchen and headed over to Concordia to pick up Gabe and Andrew after their day of rehearsals to join other members of our church in making and serving the evening meal there. Imagine my surprise when he walked in with not two but five helpers! Kelsie, Alex, Tim, Andrew and Gabe! Many thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to help out you guys.
Submitted by Colleen Ford-Dunker

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Peek at the Pirates

I peeked into the theatre today (Monday) to see how things were going. The singing was excellent. There were a lot of people on stage together. When I looked at the bulletin board there was a notice of which I had not heard anything before, such as buying make-up. I wonder if we have to get this, or if it is optional. The phone was ringing off the hook for Mrs. Goldenberg who was working ticket sales in the lobby. That is a great sign. The speed is picking up to the show date already. It is only a couple of weeks away after all!

Submitted by: Wendy Hammond

Dancing Through Life - Spending My Birthday, Thursday, July 9th, as Choreography Intern

I woke up on my birthday wondering if I would be able to post on Thursday night, since I had things planned to celebrate. (!!!) It turned out that I couldn't post at the time, so I'm posting now!
I spent my birthday dancing. How fitting! And it was fun, too - I never get tired of dancing, even if I got three hours of sleep the last night and my feet are killing me. (Those circumstances don't apply to Thursday, but they're still true.)
We skipped warm-ups today, instead stumbling through scenes in the show. We have a full stumble-through scheduled for Monday, July 13... Hurry up and wait! The pirates did a lot of scene work, and we spent most of the day on the main stage as a full cast, instead of broken up into groups.
What I remember most is doing the British Policeman number on the stage for the first time. Doing choreography on platforms for the first time is challenging! I stood in front of the platforms and did the choreography, so the policemen could watch me. It's tough to remember choreography when you're suddenly standing on a platform! But it gets much easier, and it soon feels natural.
I can't help but wonder why it seems to have gone so fast. I remember wishing the "ronde jambes en l'air" from our dance warm-ups would go by quicker, because I was so sore from my morning dance classes... but now I don't think I would mind the slow "ronde jambes." I'm going to miss them! :-) Dancing was a good way to spend my birthday.

(I still love this job.)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Those who work together stay together...

This being our families second year with this wonderful organization, I thought I would take my blogging day as a chance to express how amazing I think tech nights are. I remember sitting in the first meeting before last years rehearsals began when they told us about the program and what was expected of us as families.... 30 hours of volunteer time! I thought to myself how in the world am I going to squeeze that into my busy schedule.


By the time the end of July rolled around our family had put in twice that without even noticing. The time flew by and it was so wonderful to be a part of the building of the production from behind the scenes. This year is no exception, as I was wandering around Thursday night to take a few pictures of everone hard at work I was filled with such an amazing sense of pride in our staff, cast, crew and all the parents and siblings out sewing, painting, selling tickets etc...

It really is a group effort and when the show finally comes together we will all be able to sit back and enjoy all of our hard work...

Written by: Marisa Sweeney

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dancing Through Life - Spending July 2nd, 2009 as the Choreography Intern

I arrived back at the lab theatre from my theatre class on Thursday, July 2nd, around 12:45, and the first thing I noticed was the music! We're musical people; we've always got music going during our free time. It's interesting to see how many people like Regina Spektor! (Myself included.)
As Leah had been gone on Friday, June 26, and Monday, the 29th, we wanted to show her what we'd been up to since she'd been gone. So I did my warm-ups with everyone for 15 minutes, and then we all did vocal warm-ups and review.
My day as choreography intern consists mainly of dancing, and today was no exception. I danced with Leah and the fairies, and we finished the Fairy Feet number. Then, after break, we worked with the Islanders and did a good chunk of the opening number, "Paragonia", too.
I love teaching people choreography. It's so interesting to see how they pick it up - sometimes, you can almost see something you'll need to work on before they even ask, and sometimes, you'll think, "We'll need to go over this", but we never do!

(I love this job!)