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Blog 2

Blog 2

When we first decided to perform Ragtime at Duke, I spent a lot of time reading the reviews and criticisms of the professional Broadway performances that preceded us. They were never entirely good or entirely bad, but usually reflected the complex nature of the show itself. They found it problematic. When I was later cast […]

Final Bows…

Final Bows…

I really hate strike.  Like really.  More than most people, I would imagine.  However, it’s not because I didn’t like the work, and I have love electric power tools (e.g., going to town on planks of wood like there’s no tomorrow).  No, I hate strike because it signals the end in the most tangible way […]

Brigit Out.

Brigit Out.

Ragtime Rage Time.  Someone wise once told me that after every show you should kill the character you’ve played. Forget their habits, their storyline and their influence on you as a person while going through the process. This hasn’t been a problem this time around – Brigit and I never really bonded, our sole interaction […]

Reflections on the end of an era

Reflections on the end of an era

Something that surprised me over the course of my time onstage for Ragtime was how my character morphed during each performance.  During rehearsals, and in my previous blog entry, I intentionally made my character a fierce Asian woman.  She spent a lot of time frowning sternly, and she was money/success-driven.  However, I found that persona […]

Emotional Evolution

Emotional Evolution

The rehearsal process of Ragtime was as frustrating at times, but was also incredibly rewarding. Being a member of the ensemble, I was not kept too busy onstage during the rehearsal process of this show. For this reason I experienced frustration resulting from the slow-moving nature of the process. Because I was not involved that […]

Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

After an entire semester of reading character backgrounds, learning music, listening to lectures, stage combat, memorizing lines, re-learning music, rehearsing, dancing, eating free food, and performing, Ragtime at Duke is finally over. People ask me, “Do you miss it?” “Not at all,” I tell them. (Aw, don’t look at me like that). We gave it […]