Before opening night, courtesy of our wonderful costume designer Rebecca, I got to see the matinee of West Side Story. It’s one of those musicals that I don’t actually remember seeing for the first time. I’ve been watching it, and hearing the score, since before I was even conscious. It moves me to tears every time.
Now that I’m an immigrant in America myself, it’s even more poignant. Thankfully, I have never personally experienced the racism, or gang violence, depicted in the show, but the story of being in America trying for a new and better life, and unrequited love, tugs at my heart strings. The performances were amazing. I need to start dancing again!!! It was fun seeing ads for The Tempest in the Playbill...!
Opening night is always such a buzz, and the show went wonderfully. A few minor hiccups here and there - I tripped on something at the side of the stage on one entrance, nearly missed another entrance entirely at the end of the show... But the audience, full of friends and supporters of OpenStage, was warm and lovely.
Now I have to wait another WEEK to step into Ariel’s boots again. What does one do without rehearsal to go to?!
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