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The End of Ragtime

As soon as we started rehearsing on the beautiful set, I could feel my excitement growing at what I knew would be an amazing run of this show. I was looking forward to having an audience because it always makes me perform better. There is just something about having an audience that you can connect […]

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Say Goodbye to Music, But Not to Light

The closing of a show is always a little bittersweet, though I must say, immediately following the last show there is very little that is “sweet” about it.  After the final show, when you are emotionally, physically, and mentally drained, you don’t go home – you strike the set.  This time-honored tradition is both loathed […]

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Closing time

I’ve found myself putting off writing this blog not just because I’m a procrastinator (although this is true), but because when I submit it that means Ragtime is finally over. It’s only been a week since our last big gathering, but I already miss this show. Sure, I’m glad to have around 20 hours a […]

I feel that we had a lot of free time in the pit — time to breathe and think. We did not feel the pressure of the audience’s attention — I never saw the audience in the house — though it was interesting to hear how each different showing responded each night. I’m sure that […]

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Reaching that Day

It’s difficult for me to find the appropriate words to describe my experience with Ragtime this semester. Ivy’s comment in the last class encapsulated my reflections; she stated that the groups we sat in that Tuesday did not reflect how close we had all grown throughout the show. I completely agree with this statement, and […]

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Shop Diaries!

The crew work on any show requires at least as much artistic creativity and discipline as performing onstage; the set for Ragtime is without a doubt the most beautiful and comprehensive design I have ever worked with. I loved watching its development, from the bare bones to finished product. My work behind-the-scenes, however, mostly involved […]

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And EVERYTHING was RAGTIME

I am having Ragtime withdrawal and I did not even realize I had become so attached. There is so much running through my head write now that I hope this post does not come out as word vomit. Where should I begin? I left my last post by saying that our costumes made all the […]

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And We Will Ride…

There is no doubt that this production has been one of the most life changing events of my Duke career. It’s not only because I made incredible friends or because I performed to thousands of people or because Manny A. saw the show. It’s due to a combination of things, some of which can be […]

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Over But Not Forgotten

When I look back on the number of hours we all put into this show, it is unbelievable to me.  I am in awe of the sheer quantity of tasks people had to complete, some seemingly minute and others on a much larger scale, to put this show together.  I stopped by the costume shop […]

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That’s All Folks

Being on stage with an audience is one of the best feelings in the world. It is the moment where it is time to show off all of the hard work from all sides – vocal training, acting, blocking, set building, costume designing, prop finding – everything comes together for a spectacle. We had some […]