All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull boy
Watching this rehearsal clip provided by David Bazemore, I was struck by two things. The dancers are working very hard to learn the complex, new material they’re given each day. Secondly, everyone’s having a lot of fun.
There’s a spirit of cooperation and helpfulness for each other that’s wonderful to see. No divas on board. Everyone is working towards a common goal of doing the best work possible.
The tale of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is dark indeed. These most capable performers have spent a lot of time getting to know and understand the complex and unhappy characters each will portray.
Learning Adam Barruch’s moves and timing requires lots of repetition. It’s part of the process. Mistakes are frequently made, of course. I love to watch the performers laugh at themselves and each other, when they goof. There’s something intrinsically funny whenever a group is doing something in unison and one of them goes off in the wrong direction. There’s also a strong element of jokiness that takes over after a certain # of hours rehearsing. The laughter is never malicious, only in the spirit of fun. The intensity of the performers’ task is lightened by their lightness of being. They’re working to create a world of a diabolical fantasy and they understand that.
It’s very easy to get giddy when you’re tired! And it’s so much fun to be an observer, to have no responsibilties (at least at this point) beyond sitting back and watching a breakthrough new production grow!