Saturday, June 21, 2008
I love my job!
I am really excited about working with the great ensemble we are assembling. The cast is very seasoned and is really good at releasing their raw talent. How do I know this even though we have not all gotten together to rehearse? I have had the privilege of working with most of them already. I met Danielle first. We were friends where we studied dance at Oklahoma City University in the early 90's. We also performed professionally together. It has been fifteen years since I saw her closing night of "West Side Story"...I can't wait to see her again! Two years later I met Ivry in Austin. We worked together in a show for Kinesis Dance Company. We remained friends throughout my years in Austin and many years later played opposite each other in The Nutcracker. He perfectly played the Rat King when he took on the Nutcracker(me) in the Battle Scene for three years. After moving to Ohio I met Suzanne. For a year and a half she has been my director and friend, but I have been wanting to perform with her. I hope this is just the first! I worked with Zach in "Cinderella" last summer. I really liked his talents, however, our characters never crossed paths so we didn't really get a chance to work together. I look forward to doing that. This past December I worked with Ron in "Nutcracker in Candy Land." It felt great to perform with a true thespian. Caroline I know the least. I think she is a lovely girl. I saw her in a very short rehearsal once and I remember thinking how I would like to work with her someday. Here's my chance. I am truly happy to break out of the mold of learning set choreography and performing on an athletic level. This is intellectual theatre...something I can really sink my teeth into. And what a terrific cast!
Pointillism friends, together again !
Some familiar and well loved artistic friends will be taking this Metro ride together. I'm thrilled to be working with Chace Coulter, who has helped extensively to develop our rep from 2006 through the present. Chace first appeared in the electrically charged December 8th 2006 premiere of Pointillism's "Ellington Nutcracker Suite." And now he heats up the Metro rails in this dynamic performance. And Danielle DuFore Garcia will join in, too! A long-lost friend of Chace's from OCU who has known Suzanne since her student days at Dance Etc. in Woodbridge, VA, Danielle appeared in our award-winning "Caribbean Cruise." Caroline Amer hails from London to rejoin Pointillism after two years of extensive study in the land of the Bard. She worked with us previously on a musical, "That Pig, Morin!" Ivry Newsome steps into METRO from Austin Texas in his premiere production with Pointillism. Lately he has danced in a vertical setting with Blue Lapis Light, an aerial dance theatre company from Austin, Texas -- he and Chace have a long history of Nutcrackers together! And other performers from the D.C. area will take the "reality transport" from Dance Etc. Ann Boyle's school is graciously hosting the rehearsals for METRO: in the state of mind -- thank you! We're anticipating an energy filled summer trip at the Capital Fringe Festival! If you'd like to check out any of our other projects, visit the Pointillism Jazz Consort site via the link on this blog. Next stop -- a surreal Metro platform with my lifelong friend and great artist, Ron Hazelett!
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