Friday, May 25, 2007

Dancing Queen


One of the best distractions I've had lately is working with the drama ministry at my church again. When we selected Village as our home church, I was looking for ways to connect with people. So I came up with the crazy idea of auditioning for the Christmas play. Acting was something I guess I always wanted to try so I just went for it. Eight years later, I am a "utility player" for Village Performing Arts. A jack of all trades, master of none. Through this ministry, I have re-discovered my love of writing. I act occasionally in sketches and plays. And now, I am choreographing our Summer production of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown."

You heard me right, I'm choreographing. I took ballet as a child and jazz as a young adult. I was on dance team in high school. (Stop laughing! I know I'm a klutz but I've got rhythm. Hey, I do!) But admittedly, I've never danced or choreographed for musical theater. It's a different animal than I'm familiar with so I reached out for help...from You Tube. You've never heard of You Tube? Wow, you need to hang out with some teenagers and get hip to this jive. It's a depository of all sorts of videos ranging from adorable to borderline indecent. In the musical theater genre, it seems that every stage mother on the planet has video taped their progeny and posted it for the world to see. It's particularly entertaining when they maintain a close up of their little star and ignore the rest of the cast.

Anyway, you know how they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Well I am flattering the heck out of some other YAGMCB productions thanks to You Tube. It's great! I just watch a few other productions, pick my favorite parts and tweak what I don't like from any of them. This is choreographing at its finest! But hey, I guarantee it will be of better quality than I could have come up with on my own.

This isn't any small time production despite my blatant admission of thievery. We have an extremely talented cast from Village and the community. Our experienced production team is crafting what is shaping up to be a memorable show. So come one, come all! The performance dates are:
  • Saturday, June 23rd at 2pm
  • Sunday, June 24th at 2pm
  • Friday, June 29th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, June 30th at 2pm and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 1st at 2pm
Order tickets online at http://www.vbconline.org/vbc/play. And don't be surprised when the program reads "choreography by You Tube."

3 comments:

The Tucson Gang May 29, 2007 at 10:08 AM  

LOVE IT! Isn't technology beautiful?!? Wish I could be there to see it...hey, what goes around comes around...videotape it and post it on youtube for me to see it! :-) Someone else might want to "borrow" some of your moves too!
Traci

Lori May 29, 2007 at 11:34 AM  

I'd be concerned that some large, scary choreographer would pull a Tonya Harding on me for stealing their moves. Oh yeah, don't let the stereotypes fool ya, choreographers are a scary bunch. After all, once upon a time we thought ice skaters were sweet too.

The Tucson Gang June 4, 2007 at 3:13 PM  

And, wasn't there a cheerleading incident too??!?? Somewhere in Texas...people are crazy sometimes when it comes to things they are passionate about! Just be sure to carry a big stick!

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