Beauty and The Beast

Hello my lovelies! I do hope you are well. I apologize for being a little M.I.A. these past few weeks, I have been tremendously busy. So far this Summer has been non-stop, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Over the next few days, I will be reflecting on some of the projects I have already completed this Summer, and announcing some new ones that will commence shortly. I am so excited to share all of my upcoming projects with you. Today, however, I will be reflecting on one of my favorite projects I have completed: my show.

For those who weren’t aware, I was in Beauty and The Beast Jr. Off-Broadway this June. I had such an amazing time performing in this show, and am so glad that I got to kick off the Summer with such a fun opportunity.

 

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This picture was taken on the first day of tech week, just minutes after entering the theatre for the first time. I love how this captured the genuine excitement beaming from our faces. 

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This year, we performed in the St. Jean Baptiste Theatre on the Upper East Side. I instantly fell in love with this theatre because it was so perfect for the show, with red velvet seats and an amazing back-stage area.

 

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Pre-Show Photo Shoots

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Napkin Hangs 

 

One of the major advantages of this theatre was that I got to share a dressing room with my friend. It was so nice to be able to have our own space for the week where we could dump our stuff and hang out. Because only the leads were given dressing rooms, our dressing room was very quickly established as a social hub for our friends in the ensemble. Consequently, there was a constant flow of people in and out, and way too much stuff crammed in the room, but it ultimately made for so many more laughs.

 

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The cast had such a genuinely amazing time on stage– and you could tell! Of course, not everything ran smoothly all the time. We also had our fair share of slip-ups. However, it was the thrill of the live environment that made the performance more energetic. I remember specifically one show, when I was getting changed into a different costume. I was in my dressing room and hearing the song Maison Des Lunes begin, but not being able to hear clear enough to pay any kind of attention to it. It wasn’t until I heard the audience clapping to the beat of the song when I noticed that something was different. By the end of the song, a  huge applause erupted from the audience, and I was so happy for my friends for receiving such a generous response. It turns out, however, the songs track actually cut out mid-way through the song, but the actors continued singing acapella. The audience began clapping to the beat of the song to assist my friends on stage, and gave a great applause to encourage them. While this circumstance could have discouraged our cast, it actually ended up becoming one of the highlights! It’s the live energy and exhilaration we feel on stage that help make the performance amazing.

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I am so thankful for the opportunity I was given to participate in this show. I am so blessed by the entire cast and crew and am looking forward to continuing to develop closer relationships with them. The whole cast became so close over the rehearsal process, and even now when we see each other, we reminisce on what a great experience it was. To everyone who came and supported the show, thank you for making it such a success. Thank you for your contribution, however that may have looked. I am so truly blessed by the CYT community.

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