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A triumphant end

As one of the interchangeable synthesizer keyboard players in the pit, I was fortunate enough to catch one of the Ragtime shows with a few of my friends. The second Saturday evening show was absolutely PACKED, I couldn’t believe how many people came out to the show/shows (4000? That’s ridiculous.). So a huge hand to the PR team […]

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The era of Ragtime had ended

Not having performed on stage, I don’t know what kind of connection there is with the house, but I would imagine that there is some sense of seeing the audience. In the pit, however, the audience is composed of the sound it produces. You can’t tell how big the audience is or what kind of […]

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Looking back…

It’s funny how a musical about the past really makes us not analyze life in the 1900’s, but also pushes me to think about the present and future in many unexpected ways. This musical pushed me to dance, sing, and act in ways that I didn’t expect, and didn’t know that I could. I’ll be […]

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Wrapping It All Up

It didn’t quite hit me that it was all over until I was watching the set being taken down after the final performance. Years of planning, researching, and designing, and months of practice and publicity went into this production yet it was over in two weekends—two highly successful weekends, might I add. In the midst […]

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It’s official, I’m emotionally attached

Reflecting back on the tumultuous Ragtime rehearsal processes, which lead us to a truly pride-worthy finished product, I realize I’m officially emotionally attached to this project.  It’s hard to believe, after so much investment and passion poured in, that this experience has come to an end. From nights spent standing around on stage, wondering how […]

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“The world will stay the same”

I’ll begin this final post with a bit about my work behind-the-scenes for Ragtime. It didn’t involve much carpentry or props mastery. Instead, I worked on what I think tends to be an underappreciated component of shows these days (or any event, for that matter). I wrote the code behind ragtimeduke.com. Granted, the website isn’t […]

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Reflections on Our Story

The end of our production of Ragtime also signifies the end of my theater career at Duke.   Coming to Duke my freshman year, I was not a theater person, let alone a musical theater person.  But somehow, here I am, 10 shows later, talking about what I’ve learned from the whole process.  Ragtime has been a show that truly challenged me as a […]

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You’re Invited to Ragtime! RSVP soon, limited time offer.

Two weeks ago, I was ferociously worried. We were about to invite “outsiders” into our space, and, therefore, into the world we were just beginning to understand ourselves. I hoped that the energy from the audience would fuel us to become better performers and may a few claps or laughs would help us better focus. […]

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Same Show, New Music

I had become very de-sensitized to the emotional tour de force that is Ragtime by the time opening night rolled around. I was watching the show for technical smoothness, vocal power, and acting technique, and not experiencing any of the emotional release that makes theater so special. Fortunately, gaining an audience helped me again see […]

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For the Audience

For me, very little surpasses the joy of hearing the applause – or simply seeing the smiles – of an entire theater, stadium, or even a classroom. It makes all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into that endeavor absolutely worth it. While originally getting the full cast and crew and pit all together […]