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Dance Is My Escape Route

Dance Is My Escape Route

Have you ever been in a show? Particularly a musical, given their extraordinary oddness. You spent weeks and weeks returning until the songs will never leave your head; you ladder every pair of ballet tights you own because those things are not designed for jazz leaps, especially on a splintery wooden stage; and you emerge the other side usually covered in glitter. And then you have opening night. Opening nights are kind of terrifying. There are all sorts of factors…

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Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #2

Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #2

Tuesday, 3rd July: Opening Night Another opening, another show … It’s mid afternoon and the band are shattered. We’ve been in rehearsals since twelve and although they gave us a generous forty minutes for lunch today (we’re going up in the world!), the cast have now joined us and we’re choreographing the bows. Which means, of course, that we have to play them over and over again while the various characters put on the right pieces of costume to enter…

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Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #1

Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #1

Kiss Me Kate is our school’s musical production this year, running from 3rd July – 6th July. I play 1st violin and mandolin in the band. For the record, I don’t know how to play the mandolin, but as nobody else does either and it’s written in my part, I might as well do it. Sunday, July 1st – Rehearsals This is not going well. I’ve broken my camera, so can’t take a vlog of what’s going on (which I…

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