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The Era of Ragtime had Ended (and I’m Sad)

Wowwww! What a journey! This show has been an awesome culmination of my Duke theater experience. It was such a big, daunting task that I was unsure it would ever be fulfilled (at least not to the magnitude that it was). However, the play was super successful because of the hard work of everyone involved. […]

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Thoughts on Audiences

Despite the fact that I have done plenty of shows before, it always shocks me how much the audience’s reaction can inform my performance over the course of a run. For some reason, there are parts of a show that can’t be fully appreciated if you have seen it or done it time and again. […]

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Enjoy the Trip

Despite the curtain closing and the set being dismantled over a week ago, I still find myself being reminded of Ragtime daily.  The most recent flash of nostalgia came while I was at Bring it On the Musical at DPAC on Sunday.  I had not seen the movie and when the first number began, I […]

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ending another chapter

I had the amazing opportunity to work on the set for this show.  Every Hoof n’ Horn show that I’ve been in, we are required to log shop hours.  When I was in my first show, a couple of thoughts ran through my mind: 1.  Heavy machinery?!?!?  Yes please.  2. Wait, I’m not sure if […]

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The End of the Journey

Ragtime does not end particularly happily.  Coalhouse is killed, Father is shunted off to the side and also killed so that Mother can act upon her adulterous feelings towards Tateh, and white society still distrusts black people.  Audiences often forget just how bad things end up for everyone except the one in a million, wealthy […]

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Some Parting Ruminations…

As a member of the pit orchestra, I never got the chance to see our audiences – I could only gauge their reception through the sounds of laughter and applause – but nevertheless, playing for such a huge audience was an interesting and exciting experience. I’ll admit that it was pretty scary at first, but […]

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Ragtime-Tea Time-Story Time

This past Sunday, joined by other members of the Ragtime Marketing Team, I sat at the Washington Duke Inn sipping on some tea and discussing our favorite and least favorite aspects of our time spent promoting Ragtime. As the table discussed the difficulties and triumphs we had while promoting the show, I found myself wondering […]

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The Beginning of an Era

The audience’s reaction seemed to change every night, which is the case for most show but it seemed pretty drastic. Either the audience would be what seemed engaged (i.e. laughing, etc.) or would seem completely dead to what was happening on stage. At least that was what I though until after the first Saturday matinee […]