Wow - it's really here. I'm officially the newest member of the Spring Awakening family! I finished my last of 3 rehearsals with Kim Grigsby yesterday. She's AMAZING - she never let me quit until I worked my hardest and gave her every emotion she wanted, even just in her living room. She literally made me get up on a chair and sing Totally Fucked with a microphone jumping up and down; I was afraid the apartment below us would call about noise control. We rehearsed for 3-4 hours every day, and I feel absolutely ready to be in that chair! I'm so physically and vocally tired from this past week, so I'm sort of saving my voice for my first performance in Louisville next week (FREAKING OUT!), even though it's going to be hard with prom tonight (haha).
I can't really describe the emotion that I feel right now. It's a mixture of happiness, bliss, anxiety, and - to quote the show - pure and certain joy. I still can't believe that this is really happening, but it's slowly starting to sink in. I'm so excited to start building these characters and exploring the differences between them, vocally and emotionally. I think that's what I like the most about being a swing; there are no limits. One day I'm playing Martha, and the next I'm playing Wendla - two totally different characters with completely different stories, emotions, and experiences. I will never get bored, that's for sure :)
Until next time - in Louisville, Kentucky!