From our Stage Manager par excellence, Krista Thorp:
As long as I can remember, the first snow of the winter has aligned with the beginning of rehearsals for the sacred ritual of The Winter Musical. The smell of the air getting cold for the first time takes me back to the first sing-through of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classics that I worked on in high school and the subsequent internships I had in college with kids starting their own winter traditions.
And now, I am lucky enough to be at the Germantown Mennonite Church, otherwise known as the headquarters of Yes! And… Collaborative Arts and the rehearsal space for our tradition, Winter Sort of Thing. Rehearsals have begun and the nostalgia that everyone has here, as we revitalize and revisit the favorite songs from the past ten years, is contagious, and I can tell all the kids are feeling it too. So far that magical winter-sort-of-thing energy has gotten us through a few weeks of rehearsals: weeks of choreography for dancers and non dancers, blocking for seasoned actors and first timers, singing songs that are familiar to some and new to others, making new friends and reuniting with old.
Challenges have already begun to present themselves, but before we get into the long hours of building props and rehearsing scene changes, I’ve used this week to take in the warmth of our home in Germantown and the far-reaching Winter Sort of Thing family that I’m so lucky to be a part of.