BarreTalk Posted October 6, 2003 Report Share Posted October 6, 2003 In August, I told our artistic director there was no way my work schedule would allow me to appear in her Nutcracker this year. In September, I showed her my calendar (with lots of time blocked out for business trips) and repeated that there was no way I had time to do "Nut". Last week, against my better judgement, I accepted the role of Drosselmayer. It seems that after years of surplus males crowding the classes and creating competition for male solos, the Academy of Classical Ballet (Denver, Colorado) finally has a man problem. I'm not good enough to do the Cavalier, Spanish, or Arabian. Too old to be the Prince. That leaves that mysterious old guy who shows up at the party and has some wierd psychological control thing going on with Clara. The guy who did it last year was a part-time magician, which made for some great stage business. However, he wanted to move on, rather than do a repeat. So after all my protestations - I'm Drosselmayer. "Clara" and I had our first rehearsal yesterday. It went well, and I'm glad because later this week I start a 2 week out-of-town business trip (to Hawaii - poor me!). Upon my return, I'm going to be hammered trying to fit 6 weeks of rehearsal into 2 (did I mention another week long trip just a week before the performance?) If I manage to pull this one off without tripping over my feet in performance or over-stressing at trying to fit everything in, it will be a miracle. Drossel's dance with Clara is a ong one, and relatively technical. I'm lucky that "Clara" is willing to accomodate my schedule and come in for private rehearsals whenever we can jam one in. I'll keep you posted on my progress. Wish me "merde"! Quote Link to comment
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