THERE ARE NO SPOILERS IN THIS POST!
Friday Night: A preview for our peers and colleagues only.
I woke up Friday morning thinking, "This is supposed to be low stress? A dress rehearsal? Ha! I'm performing for all the people who know what it's supposed to look like! They're our toughest critics! ahhhhhhhhhh"
I called Nate James, my aerial partner and friend, and asked him to come over and help with some more extreme stage make-up looks.
I won't show you my first attempt because I looked like a drunk drag queen.
But here's my 4th attempt on Sunday afternoon.
Finally, I had finished creating my character.
An egotistical ballerina who would describe herself as a Princess at the drop of rhinestone.
Voila! Her name is Gloria!
After the show, I was so relieved. As each one of us exited the dressing room, we got another huge round of applause from our students and fellow performers. The audience loved it! They were in hysterics the whole time. One of the youngest audience members came up to me and explained that she was going to start taking Ballet classes and asked me, "can you be my teacher?" I melted.
Saturday Evening: Opening night!
I taught class at Kinetic Arts that morning 10:30-2:30. Then I went home, took a bath and prepared my bun. I go back to Kinetic Arts at 5, do make-up and warm up. It's 7:40 and I haven't climbed the fabric yet. I have to warm-up. I have to run the final drop. We put the Chinese pole away and I put my costume on. Steven wants to open the house (ie: let people come sit down, ie: I should be backstage already). I tell him I just need to run the drop. I climb up, set it up, drop it down. We start to put the fabric away and I put my hand on my hip and realize my costume ripped! A huge, very noticeable hole had appeared on my right hip. A sewing kit is rushed backstage.
Thank Glitter for Eka! Once a fashion major, now a circus master, Eka stitches my poor costume back together in the low light of backstage in under 5 minutes. I hover over her looking desperate. Emily captures this photo.
The first act is weird. Ellie comes backstage and says "this show is weird". I "sush" her immediately. Then, I lose my skirt in the fabric act.
We manage to pull everything back together by the end of the show and celebrate opening night with prosecco, juice and cupcakes.
Sunday Matinee: Day 7 of 7 running the show in it's entirety.
Eat a cupcake. Drink more coffee. Put on make-up. Kim fixes my costume. Warm-up. This performance was my favorite of the 3. We had fun. There was a huge sigh of relief at the end of the show. We did it! We made it through opening weekend. We made a show and people like it.
Here's a review. THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
DO NOT READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE SHOW.
YOU'LL REGRET IT.
DON'T EVEN OPEN IT.