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It’s been a super hectic tech week!!  We’ve still been trying to implemented most of the stunts and special effects, so it’s been a lot of long nights for all of us.  I’ve been getting home from the theater at one in the morning all week long.  Despite all of this, I’m feeling a lot better about the show as a whole.

I wasn’t feeling this confident a couple of days ago.  We had a really shaky first tech rehearsal on Monday.  I even had a quick change malfunction and missed the whole opening number!  I at least now know what not to do when putting my costume on and did a lot better yesterday, and the run went a lot better than it did on Monday.  I hope that tonight will be even better than last night!

We have out first audience tomorrow night!  After things calm down I’ll be back with more pictures for you guys, but I managed to sneak a few in between running around the other day!

This is what the set looks like!  They’ve added on more stuff since then, but this is the general idea.

I had sweated off most of my makeup by then, but this is what my wig and the top  of my costume looks like.  It’s super fun, but it’s really heavy, so dancing and doing acrobatics has been a huge challenge.  We’ve all been managing to pull it off though!  I have a lizard costume for my silks solo, but it’s still not finished, so I don’t have any pictures of that yet.

I bruised a tendon in my arm last night, and it still feels weird and painful when I make a fist

Doing silks tonight is going to be fuuuuuuun! [/sarcasm]

Today I learned that there was a straps act in Quidam from 2004 to 2005, and it was AWESOME!

Where is Alona Zhuravel from? Germany?

I’m not entirely sure, to be honest.  I’ve heard Germany from numerous sources but the Varekai program says Russia.  Germany would be my guess since that’s what the majority says

New stunt today:  handstand on a spinning table!  At least my feet are being held!

New stunt today: handstand on a spinning table! At least my feet are being held!

This week has been extremely tough.  I’ve been dancing for four hours straight every night for the most part, and my body is really close to being one big bruise.  Despite all of this, I’m having an awesome time and really enjoying the process.  We open in two weeks, so rehearsals have been hectic.  This week, we’ve been working on running the show and putting all of the scenes together.  Unfortunately we had six injuries at Wednesday’s rehearsal, so in the interest of safety, the production team cut the slackline from Trashing the Camp.  I was a little disappointed, but I like the new choreography way better, and we still get to do some crazy stunts. 

We also got our ape costumes yesterday and got to try them on for the first time.  Their super awesome, but also super heavy, so dancing in them might be a challenge for the first week or so.  We fortunately have a two week tech week for this show, and that starts on Sunday.  I have my silks routine mostly choreographed and I’m hoping to get the kinks worked out int he next week.  We haven’t had much time to be on the silks, but I’m not too worried about it.  I mostly went back to basics for the routine since we the ceiling aren’t too high, so there won’t be anything too strenuous or crazy.

As things calm down, I’m hoping to post more behind the scenes pictures and videos for you guys.  Hang tight!!