Friday, January 21, 2011

And Straight On 'Til Morning...

My life is a whirlwind of Mozart and high heels and '50s lingerie. Rehearsals for Don Giovanni are constant and intense. But I couldn't be happier! It's so thrilling to wake up every morning and think, "Today I'm going to have the opportunity to create something. Today I get a chance to be somewhere else, to be someone else, and to experience something completely new." I feel so lucky, so privileged.

We had Sitzproben on Tuesday and Wednesday and a Wandelprobe last night. It felt so wonderful to sing in the theater again. My voice always feels a little cooped-up in the rehearsal space. It was so freeing to let it loose in the big house again. And of course it's always a treat to have an entire orchestra to sing with! Mozart's music just soars and I feel that rush of adrenaline as I simply enjoy the ride.

I can't wait for tech week/"hell week" to start! I'm really attached to this production and I love it to pieces. My fellow artists and the production team are so great to work with and I'm just so grateful for the entire experience. It's only going to get better from here on out!

My favorite part of the early rehearsal period (before you add in all the trimmings) is those moments of discovery. For example, during one of our rehearsals, my director called out a Shakespearean character for me to integrate into the scene. I did and instantly the scene took on a completely new life for me. That's one of the things I love most about art: one art form or work of art can inform and enhance another. Shakespeare's characters are so deep and complex. Therefore, bringing even one element of one of his characters into my interpretation enriched my character and my scene.

And we all learn from one another. I've watched some incredibly talented artists render Shakespeare's works and they have inspired my own work. I have watched the others in my cast and listened to my directors. Art is all about building. True art is always increasing and never diminishing. Each individual adds their uniqueness to the mix and the final product is so much bigger and greater than any one person could have achieved on their own. Differences don't divide the whole, but instead they multiply it. This is the lesson I've learned these past few weeks in rehearsal.

This realization encourages me, inspires me. I can only hope that what we've created will inspire others and bring something new and good into a world that desperately needs the new and the good.