Happy Halloween everyone!
This holiday goes from being my absolute favorite one year to nothing but another normal day the next. Today was good, but not in the normal Halloween way.
We still had normal rehearsal all day and night, so I didn't get to dress up or go take Halloween ballet class as is tradition. I wasn't thrilled about missing that, but it was SO worth it for tonight's rehearsal.
We finally got to run the entire show non-stop in real time all the way through transitions and everything. It was like being shot out of a cannon - we never stop for an hour and half show. It's SO tiring (especially this first time because I didn't know what to expect with certain backstage transitions) and by the end you're dead. But it is SOOOOOO amazingly fun. Talk about adrenaline rush.
More details later. Tomorrow we run the whole thing all day again, but this time in full costume! Yay!
We did do Nutcracker in our bear suits, which was bit...spooky. Haha. Takes some getting used to, and to block out spacing with our costumes we had to be in them for about an hour straight without coming up for air (ie. taking the heads off). The actual dance is only 7 minutes that we have to be in there. So yeah, and hour was a bit...rough. The amazing stage managers had hands full of dixie cups with water as soon as we came off sweating like pigs (it's like a personal sauna in that fat suit, standing still, nevermind dancing!)
Anyway, it was such fun. I can't believe we open in a week! This is happening so fast.
PS- on the Halloween note, it was so funny...the other cast of Rockettes all dressed as Michael Phelps all exactly the same. They did their show run in bathing caps and goggles and gold medals, haha!