When I walked into this rehearsal, Aradhana , the director, had the core group of actors in a circle and she was conducting a warm up exercise. She had everyone mime the act of digging a hole and burying a star. "A tree grows from the star. Feel the energy soak through your chest, neck and head. Let the stars light shine through your face." All the actors who had been bent over slowly straightened back up stacking one vertebrae on top of another till they stood tall and straight.
Much of this rehearsal was handed over to the Amy, the choreographer. The director can been seen in the far distance behind the room dividers working away on her lap top. Amy had a series of dance steps plotted out on a sheet of paper and she lead the group as everyone learned the moves. "Step, cross, back. left, slide, ball change, slide, ball change!" The steps were rehearsed again and again till everyone was on board. Having now seen the final production, I can see that all the hard work paid off and the number seems effortless and fun.
Show times are:
December 12, 3:00 PM
December 13, 5:00 PM
Tickets range from $8 to a $42 Dinner package.