So here we are, finally back in Chicago from the Joffrey's tour to St. Louis. We opened Nutcracker to well packed houses in St. Louis, and are now getting ready to open Nutcracker here in Chicago on Friday at the Auditorium Theater. The run in St. Louis was a difficult start, just automatically going into a two show a day run, everyday. And of course, there are always the little things we forget quickly, with all the parts to remember and the details that accompany live performance (costumes, snow falling, pyrotechnics, the fog that makes the floor seem like its moving, making it hard to keep our balance). This year I am dancing the Nutcracker Prince, Father, Snow King, Arabian, Flower, Snow Wind, Soldier, and Father #6 in the party scene. It's certainly a lot to remember.
We came back to Chicago yesterday from St. Louis and already in a week I had forgotten how uncomfortable a 5+ hr bus ride can be. After the week of shows, I was exhausted and slept the whole ride, taking up an entire row of four seats with my butt hanging out in the aisle, lol. What can I say, it was the only way to stretch out my 6'6" body.
And now we are back to Chicago, facing a 3 week run at the Auditorium. We have 17 performances ahead of us, which means crazy work hours (not to mention the time it take to get ourselves down to the theater and prepared to actually dance). With it now being December in Chicago, it takes even more time to adequately warm up when we are walking in off the street in 30 degree weather, snow, and ice. You also have to pay attention to old injuries that may flare up because of the cold.
....aaaaahhhhhh Nutcracker! lol.
Here are my performing dates so far for the first two weeks of this season's Nutcracker:
FRIDAY 12/11 at 7PM (father,snow-king,arabian)
SUNDAY 12/13 at 2PM (prince)
FRIDAY 12/18 at 7PM (father,snow-king,arabian)
SATURDAY 12/19 at 7PM (prince)