It has been hard for me to assume the title of Choreographer for this project because in truth, most of the pieces were done collaboratively. I can’t say the entire thing is my vision and my vision alone because that simply is not the truth. We work really well together and I think usually the pieces that result are stronger because of it! But this is not to say I haven’t been working ridiculously hard in my position. I have been to more rehearsals that most cast!! I think a more honest title for my position would be Dance Director or Choreo Realizer. I have been cleaning and directing and choreographing nonstop for the last month and to be honest- It looks good. I feel good! I am proud of our efforts!
I have found inspiration in lot of places for this production! The majority being from different Musicals I have loved over the years and the original Grease productions. Back to School from Grease 2 is one of my favorite ensemble pieces ever!! I am always inspired by large group numbers that can use simple movements but end up looking powerful through unison and performance. I tried really hard to encourage both of those with our cast. To remember the choreo from the last run we were lucky enough that we had footage to refer to. It had been filmed from the balcony of the Wise Hall so I really ended up with a birds eye view and was able to deduce a few things. One of them being that even if the movement is simple, its better if its bigger!! If say an arm circle was required, I would direct for it to be larger! Higher than your head! Just makes everything seem more grand and exciting! It doesn’t have to be harder- it just has to be bigger! The second thing I noticed was that I needed more elaborate shapes. It was harder to work with a larger group just based on my experience with smaller ones but it was a fun challenge. Simple things like turning 2 lines into 4 made it seem like more was going on and felt less boring. I also found it a fun challenge to try and get different groups moving differently at the same time. More going on=more fun to watch! Overall I am really pleased with the results! I hope for more opportunities to apply what I’ve learned working with such a large cast to other big group numbers in the future.
That being said, come check out our show!! Its very awesome! Greece does Grease is running Oct 7-Oct 10 and then again Oct 13- 16 at the Waterfront Theatre. You can buy tickets here http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/131168 and find out more info here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149099188462081&ref=ts.
Below is a clip from Dress rehearsal of Persephone of the Nympths, a Trailer for our play, and a vid of Back to School from Grease 2! Enjoy!