I've learned, from other people's mistakes, what not to do when you are on the directing team. For that I am thankful. I received some very positive feedback about my composure this week.
I'm surprised I was able to handle the dance callbacks the way I did. Thirty five dancers showed up for a two hour call. I had them do the dance from the audition, with an extra eight counts of eights I taught them on the spot. The we went across the floor and I asked to see the jump of their choice, set to Knock On Wood by Amii Stewart. Then we did a hip hop number to the soundtrack of In The Heights. Followed by their freestyle, show-me-your-tricks to Geri Halliwell's cover of It's Raining Men. Lastly, and what I was most complimented on, was a lyrical to A Way Back To Then. Why did I have them do the lyrical. Just because I wanted see someone do a lyrical to that song. Don't you?
I'm happy with the cast we've potentially put together. With one or two exceptions, the entire chorus can dance or do tricks. I'm going to have a lot of fun with this show.
This afternoon I board a plane to my homeland - New York. I needs this trip to freshen up before rehearsals start, because that is going to take over my life.