Today was the first break that we as a company have had. We spent the morning in a movement workshop with Deb Loewen, the artistic director of Wild Space Dance Company in Milwaukee. She worked the entire company through a series of different movement exercises that forced everyone to think about how they can use their bodies to show different emotions and stories. For one of the exercises, the room was divided into four quadrants with each quadrant representing two different words. There were exact/brief, part/share, past/follow, and contact/somewhere. It was fun to get to play with the lines between these different quadrants and to see how each person interpreted each word. This was a great experience for everyone involved because it loosened everyone up and made us realize that we can work together to create many different interesting pieces of art.
Rehearsals for the plays continued throughout the day. Sunday night, each play will be run for Lawrence theatre professor Kathy Privatt and so everyone was working on getting each show fully blocked out and run a couple of times.
This evening, a group of company members went to Baileys Harbor's Town Hall to sing Christmas carols for their Christmas Tree Lighting celebration before the actual tree lighting. It was a great success and was a lot of fun. At one point, a group of little girls came up to us and asked if they could sing Jingle Bells with us. It was absolutely adorable. It was great to get out into the community and we got a lot of positive feedback from people in the community.
Tonight was a nice break. A group of people went to see This Wonderful Life at Third Avenue Players in Sturgeon Bay while another group stayed in to get a few things accomplished in order to have an amazing morning off tomorrow. Tomorrow night, though, things pick back up at full speed and we hit the ground running with our first full runs of all of the plays for small audiences.