The highlight of the week was definitely our studio dress of Magical Mystery Tour
on Friday. As I've explained before, studio dress is the first time that the dancers get to run the pieces in their actual costumes. They have to get used to dancing in them, and also practice any costume changes which they might have. Magical Mystery Tour
contains quite a few, seeing as the dancers change their costumes twice in Act 1 and three times in Act 2. Our brilliant costume designer Barry Doss created a "kaleidoscope" of color, pattern and design throughout the piece, and the dancers have to accomplish some pretty quick changes! The studio dress went very well - only one of the dancers did not make her change in time. We will rehearse that some more when we get to the theatre. I'm very happy with the way the dancers are looking. They are beautifully articulate, passionate and powerful. Our new lead Tim June is charismatic and vulnerable, and I am anxious to see what effect this has on our audiences.
As a kind of respite from all of the MMT rehearsing, I spent a couple of periods working on Sinatra and was able to finish Jill's solo, Aleksa and Noah's duet, and put Brandon into "High Hopes."
See you in the theatre!
Timothy June dances the lead role in Magical Mystery Tour, here seen in the studio dress rehearsal with other dancers
photo credit: Freddie Kelvin