A Finale, but is it EVER a finale?

The Rush of It All

Aside from life in general, the realization of this being the last show even is hard to process as well!

Yes, you might have noticed, not a review for the last show yet.  I have to tell you, sometimes, you just need to step back, and let what has unfolded soak into your psyche, and let it roll around in your mind, your heart, before jumping to the quick and responding.  This is exactly what has happened  since the last show on Saturday of “Y Me…” – and this is what is even more surreal…

Being in school after “Y Me…” well I mean come one, a production about high school, seeing that cast in school, and trying to separate the production from the dilemmas that occur in high schools – the casts were THAT GOOD that the separation by far is difficult!

MANY realizations came out of seeing the very last show of Y Me…Saturday, and a few of them will appear here.  Keep checking back to this post, because it is going to take me a period of days to truly capture how magical this show was, and how it reflected also on how great BOTH casts were, not one superior to the other, but both casts pushing each other to be better among themselves, that is truly a smashing success!  Onto the cast of this last show and remember, this will be updated continually so keep checking back until you see, “The END” written at the bottom of the post!  LOL

Adrian   – You could easily, EASILY see the energy, as a last show and as the talent Adrian brought to this character simply pour out of him on stage.  Grabbing the mic this time also, I thought of M.C. Hammer, (sorry).  I loved Tamara grabbing the Harley helmet, emphasizing what a stud a Chemistry teacher can be, and what a hero he could be as well to student sin general. Ethically, Adrian was able to push the power educators can have in helping students, not hindering them, as well as helping them use high school as a stepping stone to becoming more insightful individuals.  That is a heavy hype to carry in a character and yet he did, in times of laughter, foolery (lights out on the end of the world), and moments of dire seriousness.  In that vein as well, he helped show the contrast that an A cast member can have in the some role, and have the audience respect both perspectives of that same role, that is some heavy thoughts to ponder over as well. Yu have nothing but regret in seeing this being the last show, and the last moment you will see Mr Beckerman rock the house, and rock the hearts of the students around him.  Bravo to a role cast to the T in the last show, and letting us appreciate both roles by both actors, I truly hope to see Adrian on the stage somewhere after this and being able to say, “Heck yeah, I know him!” (and I know he loves Guns N Roses too, lol)

Ana CristinaAgain, it is a pleasure and a calm reassurance to see Ana onstage.  She brings this quiet resolve to this character, and seems to sprint even more so after individuals in this being the last show.  Maybe it is me, but I think you know the worth of a actress when you are sad to realize this is the last time, in a production, before she hits the stage for the evening.

Tamara K – The little things count, and enough little things and you see a whole character develop.  All along the way, from being the helmet wearer and initial helmet grabber (lol) to developing a steady level of dealing with nervous comments at Homecoming, to being the all around representative of the student body – it is not difficult, even through the past few years, to see talents Tamara brings to the stage.  I thought she was constantly quiet and yet….sometimes….I am excited to see with Tamara the possibilities the stages offers in the next couple of years, with and am thankful for being able to see her progression in a variety of ways along the way.  

Ana Paula – You have to realize her quiet demeanor in the halls sets the tone of surprise when you do hear Ana on stage.  The emotion, heart, and will she puts into her role helps to show she owns the space on stage around her for those moments.  As Jacqueline, Ana gives it her all, and then some, not a surprise if you saw her in all previous productions she has been in.  Definitely a surprise if you did not realize how powerful of talents she has by just a glance in the halls (not of Jefferson High).

Analise AWhen you see Analise in the first show, it sets the bar for her involvement in the production overall.  Then, she does a fake out on you when you see her in the teacher’s lounge.  This sounds strange, but I think this is actually pretty creative, as the more she is appearing in the teacher’s lounge as a supporting teacher, the more you are shocked and surprised at her “Mommie Dearest” role in the alternate show, but you have to see more than one cast to realize this.  This in a nutshell, I feel is the true art, being able to take in the whole spectrum of the strength of all the cast, because it truly does take more than one show.  Analise certainly makes the best of this opportunity in all roles she is in.

Arantza M – Arantza is the repeat performer, in every show, that keeps coming back and reinforcing the cast in many many scenes, and it is not easy to see this in one viewing of one show.  From scenes of choreographed dancing, to being surprised at the earth ending announcement, to supporting the Homecoming Queen candidate, she is truly everywhere, anywhere, and always supporting, supporting, supporting.  She easily reinforces the fact that there are 100 different stories happening in the halls of a typical high school, and she easily and successfully is able to represent a few of them!

Marion R. – At first, I was instantly trying to compare Marion’s role as Maria to the opposing cast role, something that is pretty typical.  While I was doing this, I did notice how Marion played Maria as kind of rough around the edges, a little bossy, yet under that tough exterior, there was plenty of conversation waiting to be had.  It worked.  Marion made it work as well.  From the very beginning, Marion made it clear she owned a particular personality that was Maria, and she never wavered from that idea.  This is what makes “Y Me… such a powerful experience across a wide range of very talented actors and actresses.

Emiliano M. – Seriously, hands down, a flash back that took me to John Belushi’s Saturday night’s Samurai Chef making hamburgers, only without the theatrics, and just the low, guttural voice.  It is amazing how one little characteristic, one little tweak, can make a whole difference, and yet it did.  I think that characteristic is so important to notice, because Emiliano seems to always be in tune with the littlest aspects that truly make a difference, and he finds himself there at the heart of these moments to move his characters forward.  Through the course of the play, being able to play a vocal teacher, a parent, and a police officer, not one was without character or quirks.  In every role, Emiliano was able to capitalize, and did, on those aspects that made them unique.  Hence, you have a successful run by Emilano, in each show of “Y Me…”.

Pablo Gu If any thing, the last show was a culmination of how roles, whether they are center stage or just to the side, and how all roles can in fact make a difference throughout a production.  The social commentary on expectations of parents when it comes to college, the future, and more, rang loud and clear with Pablo’s hard-line stance on Harvard being the choice of success for his daughter.  This last crowd, moreso than the crowd at the earlier show, was way more vocal when these moments were presented.  Pablo does an amazing job of his fatherly duties and how they intertwine with the other characters.  This also brings out the qualities in the opposite character Emiliano also plays, so the method of an A and B cast has many many advantages and learning curves!

Pablo Go – It is not just the nervous moments between conversations, scene stoppers of emotional tension, or the amazing vocals, it is the fact that real high school drama enters the stage, and is never quite able to separate from when you leave this production. Percy by Pablo, and Pedro is a main part of this feeling.  Tonight, it almost seemed as Pablo brought this home for everyone to realize, EVERYONE.  Many of the characters in this last show not only seemed to shine brightly as a talented individual, but wanted to show the talent they were able to achieve together – and the cast altogether – they outshined any expectations you could hope to expect.  Percy is so so awesome thanks to the genuine responses, awkwardness, and many more qualities that he brings to this stage and role – over and over and over and you can feel nothing less than something similar to when you were in high school when Percy hits the stage!

Giulia – If you knew Giulia from the other shows, then you know what you were waiting for – 🙂  The consistent humor, intensity, and radical characteristics Giulia brings to the stage, to this production and to the “end of the world” open the door for how she will be most welcome in future roles, and we are all excited to see more!

Patricio V. – Seriously, anyone that can smash a bottle that hard and cause the audience to feel the pressure and flinch, they are good.  You would expect Patricio to be a seasoned actor and yet this is the first time I have ever seen him on stage, let alone in such a dramatic role.  The tension builds in each show he stars in, and he continues to play this role to its highest point.  It works, he works, and overall the attention Patricio brings to this role helps direct our attention to the role that Analise plays, and overall the strength Patricio brings to this role, as well as strength Analise brings, also opens another social story that can’t help be dealt with, thanks to this last show of Patricio.

Lucia – Emotional.  Capable. Deep reaching.  Extensive implications.  Practical reactions.  All of these and even more, Lucia on the last night set the path to let everyone remember the risks, the issues, and the confidence students in any high school have day in and day out in the face of adversity.  Look at the adversity that this production had from day one, an original piece, a musical score all actresses and actors would have to make their own, and pull off this individuality to all that came to see it and witness this one of a kind adventure.  It is exciting to see many of the participants of “Y Me…” carry out a challenge that has never been attempted before, and many of the participants in “Y Me…” from previous ventures as well such as Open Mic, and seeing a carry over of talent in so many different ways in so many different venues.  Ingrid and Lucia both were able to do this, and as always seeing both on stage and center, Lucia on this night was able to make statements of such a volume that no one will leave the FAC with any doubts anything is impossible for the ASF Theatre Company. Again, the strength of Lucia on this night reinforces the strength Ingrid brings to the stage on the previous show, and vice versa.  If that does not speak of the strength of this cast, I do not know what will.

Isabella B – Again and again and again, confidence is carrying messages that might be controversial, shocking, and to some disturbing are relayed by confident, capable, and strong characters such as Isabella in “Y Me…”.   She is able to show day in and day out, in every show, that messages are part of a successful production, something you carry with you beyond the stage.  Of course there is an A and B cast, which alternates, but then there is the fact that, also take in the characters that perform every single day.  That is a different set of expectations, and can the cast bring the same devotion and strength day in and day out when not having a day off?  Isabella is one of many, along with many participants, that acts and sends messages with a strength that comes in day in and day out, with a alternative type of strength that is easy to take for granted seeing one show.

Mariana R – There are also so many things you find yourself wanting to know about particular actors and actresses once you see something they do, or could have maybe thought of on stage, that could be a whole blog post and I have carried this post out for a pretty long time, no?  However, knowing Mariana outside of the production, I always thought of her as determined, quiet, serious.  I see still her in that light but not so much and again, day in and day out, being in every production you are able to see variations of this each day, yet of course a much more loosened up Mariana when dancing comes into play, all she takes into stride and makes come real on stage.  What I want to see after Mariana’s performance are more appearances on stage where she knocks off her usual serious demeanor as a student and showing she is capable of multiple personalities, but in a positive way!  Mariana does an amazing job showing the difficult commitments of back to back shows and still bringing life to her student character as a student and yet, it is never as simple as that, being a student to play a student.  There is alot more involved in between that she is able to show and bring to the audience.

Marianne – Speaking of every night, night after night, and running the risk of being mundane and not being able to tell a new story.  Marianne does not fall into that category.  Despite being a set personality style, Marianne is able to, within her own character, develop new elements of her character, a character at first seems to be not able to be capable of changes and developments.  There is the education that Marianne teaches the audience if you are able to see the multiple shows.  Too often students are stereotyped into a personality type, and then just as an iconic movie role, never “allowed” to move outside that description.  In a subtle way, Marianne is able to redefine how all students and “clique” personalities do in fact have a personality changing curve, they do not resonate the same personality traits day in and day out, and do have more than meets the eye to the beholder.  Be it a different type of dance, a different type of reaction to someone that comes into their individual space, and yet, the lesson is there.  Individuals are individuals and have a wide range of emotions, feelings, and reactions, it is up to each of us to care and pay attention to that fact.  Marianne is able to pull off a great great character day in and day out with finesse and a class that only adds to this production of “Y Me…”.

Diego M. – Taking the above theme of stereotyping a character into a personality or trait role, Diego is able to take his personality of Miles day in and day out for every production as well.  Audiences will realize stereotypes are difficult to leave an individual, from an age of adult to teenager, and knowing that, what can be done with that awareness?   Additionally, upon closer examination, the emphasized fact again exists, that characteristics that many might not be aware of are present in every individual, even when you think yo have it all figured out.  Seeing Miles, take risks in different types of how he interprets dancing, relating to teachers and the truest emotions he has inside, as well as the ability to have a wide range of talents, not just academically, but also involving communications!  Diego is truly able to bring the stability a character that Miles requires, but in spaces in between presents thew quirky changes that many tend to miss in people that surround us every day.

Natalia SAs a reaction to the quirks above that many individuals have and that are often overlooked, Natalia steers Ms Jarvis through the pitfalls of assuming she already has it all figured out, her class, her students, her colleagues, her love life potentials.  The remarks and the follow through Natalia provides never ceases to be genuine, cause a slight smirk to one of guffawing (I have waited a long time to use that), and the ability to sense the environment within the walls of a teacher lounge, parties, and the school day, can almost be based surrounding her character alone if no other cast member did exist, which is a powerful talent to hold within her character’s presence.  Since there is a supporting cast around her, it is not difficult to see Natalia allows Ms. Jarvis to be a team player while still hovering outside the edge of a consensus.  All of this takes alot as one of the cast members that comes to the stage, with this agenda, every single performance.

Pedro V. –  Pedro has also been one of my favorite cast members to watch through the years.  He continues to grow and cause the audience to continually enjoy his antics.  From the knee jerking dances he pulls off, the ability to slip into the personality of a subdued emo-like enthusiast, to the up and becoming brother a attention-centered student and even in past roles, a pattern has been evident, although a subtle one.  The fact that his ability to be in the right time for the perfect picture to represent his role, sides along with seriousness coming out in his musical numbers, but the ability to express his energy and human-comical side through his dialogue.  He plays all so so well, whether he is a lead role or a supporting role, he always provides something to remember and add to his repertoire, exciting!

Mikel I.  – He has the look, the sarcastic tone, the edge that is always on speculation and the enamored with the ladies around him, he questions all the practical meaning of why, as well as is not hesitating in what he desires, spinning music, hyping those around him, and putting his al in what catches his eye.  Mikel is able to capture the moments of high school that many initially forget about, but, then, later recall a moment and can’t and not wanting to remove it from memory again.  Mikel offers a second look at who Pete is as a person and an entertainer, and allows you to want to take that second look.  Well done.

Su KWhether in a parent conference, or the parent pushing and wanting, there is a open sea calmness that Su brings to an role I have ever seen her in.  You might mistake this being her just being shy and liking the backlit stage.  I see something as a reserve that is stronger than anyone would realize unless multiple appearances are allowed to reveal the inner strength she has as an actress.  It is there.  It was there every time you saw her on the stage- and only enhanced what “Y Me…” became, in the smallest or largest sense, depending on how you saw it and how many times.  Su is a senior and is a huge loss to the Drama scene for ASF but a HUGE positive for her future 🙂

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The Orchestra – Day in and day out, that is a phrase that it many do not usually use in thoughts about a production unless you are part of the cast and a long run.  ASF and “Y Me…” gives everyone the opportunity to see and realize that there is more to a production that a one day viewing, though so much is obtained in just one viewing as well, it has taken me days after the production to appreciate all the details I was able to see over the course of all the production.

Alejandra A- Every single night it seemed Alejandra was right in the middle, almost like a funnel, of expression and emotion for that night’s performance.  It is surreal to watch the production and the music flow out at the same time and see it all connect as well, she seemed to be playing anew every single night.

Alejandro M.- It just escapes me to imagine how and why a French horn would play such a prominent role and yet it does.  You have to watch the scene changes and then when you see the contributions made from this instrument, a deeper sense of the production is revealed.  I remember Alejandro from ASOMEX Jazz earlier this year at Peterson’s hosting, and yes he was at the highest capacity for performance there as well.

Alex H. – Again, same as the French Horn, it is the same as trying to conceive why and then  paying attention to the contribution during the performance makes the difference.  I kept saying that there is a story to be told coming out of the orchestra, and it is interesting that this might be the oldest of the string instruments, but what kept running through my wind in retrospect is this was used from legends like Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, as well as The Who, Van Morrison, and Velvet Underground, lol.  It is amazing to watch the calmness that Alex brought to the orchestra every night, the seriousness, and the light-hearted laughter the whole group felt as each night progressed and blended into the next one.

Andrew N. – Without sitting so close each night, (I sat kind of back the first night) – I felt I was losing part of the intensity and emotion of the overall production.  Sitting close to the orchestra, and taking in the trumpets specifically, adds the strength the actors and actresses already bring to this production, and Andrew is no exception to a huge strength of this production.

Bryn Criddle – Still learning who is faculty and not on a huge campus, it is amazing to look at the diversity of the orchestra, and how natural of talent flows between the mix of faculty and students, and even additional family member.  If there was a message that needed to be sent out, without any cast lines, it definitely came out in just watching the orchestra night after night.  Mr. Criddle definitely added to that!

Christopher Muller – Technology come front and center with the saxophone.  I have to admit, when I saw the size of the instrument Mr. Muller toted, and aside from the amazing volume added to the orchestra, that size alone made me realize how much of a commitment the orchestra played to the overall run of “Y Me…”.  If anything, when you see faculty playing such as active part in anything student-related, you know what will happen next will be amazing.  It was, and the commitments that faculty make outside of the schools hours, sided with the music that spills out during this production, showed to everyone how important this production was!

Claire R. – I think the coolest things was this sister and brother combination and how excited it was to see them be day after day being an active part of this orchestra.  When you see and hear the sound emitting during one of many scenes, and seeing how committed and dedicated a young Claire was to this production?  That message alone, that story stemming from the orchestra, carried some of the strongest lines I ever could imagine.

Dave Rueb – Having seen the coolness flowing from productions as part of “Somewhere South of Midwest” – I was excited to see Dave further add his smooth sounds of violin to when it counted most.  Reemphasizing the aspects of faculty playing an active role in showing the world what was such a big deal about anything student involved, Dave’s enthusiasm and ability with the violin come out effortlessly, and I was always trying to mark the moment when I heard HIS part through each track.  I would have missed some of the best parts of the production had I not seen these individual contributions.

Diego Zaragoza – Yes, administration can be active outside of the halls of their own school and Diego’s contribution of the flute is distinct in this production.  Sometimes introducing a number, but it is interesting to follow the flow of the production in tune with the orchestra.  I think a huge statement is made anytime faculty, staff, administration, go outside of their traditional job duties to show that other aspects of ASF also can fall under the role of ASF interests, and the orchestra has been a splendid example of this, as well as discovering what talents are all around our campus, not only among our students!

Jang Ho –Front and center, unless you seat within sight distance of the orchestra, you can’t help but see how effortlessly Jang Ho allows his talent with the piano comes out naturally.  Even in practice, before the stage is set, his fingers find alternations of music and form across the piano.  Also a powerful influence during the ASOMEX jazz festival, his often unknown talent with the piano IS brought front and center and adds to the totality of the production itself.

Jeong In – Humor and talent seem to follow Jeong everywhere.  From the ASOMEX Jazz Festival to the orchestra pit, Jeong’s ability with the trumpet, as well as his interest and ability to manipulate and master music is another asset to the orchestra pit.  I easily am able to picture the success of this orchestra personality day after day as they became a unit of their own, and a village of their own if you will.  The strength they bring to each piece of the original score is worth a seating choice near the stage, and although at time early in the shows you noticed volume of the orchestra would tend to overpower lines, the synthesis that occurred over the last few productions was part of the process of seeing how members as a whole develop from beginning to finish, humor included.  Great job Jeong.

Kyle Pape – “The ring leader” of all things jazz, eclectic performances, and “Somewhere South of Midwest”, Kyle Pape is also a welcome site in the orchestra yielding a trombone with force.  It is fitting that a major representative of all things musical leads the way for another original performance involving jazz and contemporary scores.  Again, volumes are sent to all that involvement of student events is everyone’s responsibility, and Kyle continues to represent that sentiment all year long in many other areas!

Luis Betancourt – Once this year I was lucky enough to see Luis as part of the Open Mic performance in the FAC, and that still resonated with me seeing Luis rocking the guitar in the orchestra.  His positive motivation in his classes, as well as alongside fellow musicians, seems to send forward the message that new and creative opportunities need to be continued to be opened, to blend the talents of all of an ASF community and even open the possibilities to those outside of ASF as well showing how diverse and American talented school an actually be.  I see Luis Betancourt as another advocate of this blending of new and creative projects where art and music is involved, and during the production of “Y Me…”, you can hear the tonal contributions in many instances.

Marc R – I think it is super cool that Marc and sister, side by side, were literally so “in tune” with this production.  In seeing Marc help lead the 2016-2017 MUN at ASF, again the diverse talents shown in and out of ASF become more real, especially during his sounds during “Y Me…”  I like the idea of such a diverse group thrown together for this production, and working together so well.  It is quite extraordinary to see the production being rehearsed and then adding the music and literally the transformation before your eyes that reached your ears and eyes was well, extraordinary.  Being able to actually see the individual sounds that Marc contributed on top of that?, priceless.

Marisol H – It is pretty awesome to see students that juggle a variety of interests, and do it well.  From being an awarded swimmer, to talented Layout member of Repentino., as well as talented clarinet member, the variety you know about is just as awesome as those that you might not know about.  Marisol is has demonstrated her willingness to take on new adventures as evident in Open Mic, and it just means something when you can actually hear her contribution in “Y Me…” as if it validates her multi-diversity talents, lol.  One can see she means business and is quite capable over the course of this production, and one can only appreciate the willingness, as well as the other orchestra members, of her time outside of the already demanding requirements of the typical school day ( are we talking on stage or in real life?!).

Olivia Maekawa – Again, you do sometimes realize who ASF faculty are but never often when and how you met them.  It was so genuine to see Olivia as well as a counter to Marisol in the same wind instrument section, almost seeing students as as an understudy with more practiced musicians, but in a out of class setting.  Again, it is ironic that when you can actually hear the moments when instruments come alive during a production, it seems there is even more validation of the contribution of that individual, but you realize their mere commitment to such a time demanding experience, such as to “Y Me…” started that validation, even before the first note was heard. One is able to contemplate such thoughts with the orchestra right in front of you as an audience member, and be thankful for these commitments from students and faculty alike.

Pedro R – There is no shortage of personality, energy, and motivation spared when you see Pedro on the drums.  It seems, his rhythm that pours out of the excitement of the drums, flows single handedly through every signal instrument member.  You see, hear, and yet feel it as well.  The smile he exhibits as you can sense that beat, we felt it at the ASOMEX Jazz festival, we saw and felt it every single night during “Y Me…” I wanted to see a small stuffed version of Animal beside him every night, but moreso, realized how much of a heartbeat he provided, that aligned with the beat of the orchestra as a whole and the cast? – it is exhilarating to watch.  You feel this just as the production ends in the Finale, the drums are impossible not to focus on throughout this whole piece, somewhat leading the way for all in the orchestra and their talented moment.

Regina R – While not familiar with everyone of the orchestra, it is not too difficult to look forward to seeing each member of the orchestra as you see their individual contributions throughout the production.  It became easy to queue on what would happen next in the production without ever seeing the stage, by following the orchestra, which happened occasionally in having a front row seat for the orchestra.  It seems like an extra bonus being able to see two simultaneous versions of “Y Me…” in each show, and Regina was able to be a part of this easily.

Rob McCabe – Certainly a “ringleader” in his own right, bringing a Fantasia-like experience together on many levels was a huge success and lauded.  Faced with adversity the first evening, and when it comes to ASF or Bust, McCabe remained true to his belief in all involved, as well as the production itself, and the energy, enthusiasm, and kid in Rob came out every single production.  Much can be said in how the energy surrounding this production flowed out, swirled around in the orchestra, onto the stage, behind the curtains, into the sound booth and back again, you could feel the circulation of this occurring.  It is exciting to see the enthusiasm of this while experience with every movement of Rob during the production.

Sofia Hidalgo – Certainly confident, I remember one significant moment.  The first evening, when Lucia was sound testing, you could see Sofia intent on Lucia/s sound test, and whole-heartedly involved in applauding that specific sound test.  It set the tone from the very first night of seeing all involved in the Y Me… adventure”, all were functioning as one unit, in various locations but all “in tune” (sorry) with each other from the very beginning.  That would be easy to see this through Sofia for every night of the performances as well.

Tomas M – Again, the pairing of individuals with similar instruments, and in this case the saxophone, alongside a faculty member always seemed that the orchestra was stacked with powerful and talented members from a variety of age and positional backgrounds.  I found myself always paying attention to when Tomas and Chris would “come alive” at a certain point in the production, and seeing how it enhanced the musical score at that moment. It is exciting to see the diversity that made up this orchestra and they the responded and “talked” to the cast from just below the edge of the stage itself.

William H – Aside from the energy and enthusiasm you felt from Pedro R., the energy and sense of fun in being there in the orchestra you felt from William was pretty contagious if you paid attention to the orchestra to itself.  Laughing, short quips about various aspects of the show, the various sounds that resulted from William’s side of the orchestra, made this one of the busiest parts of the orchestra as well, aside from the center.  Again, if you did not sit close enough to orchestra to take this activity in, you truly are missing part of the story as “Y Me…” develop throughout the total amount of shows given.  

Yoko M – If you are on campus during the day, then of course Yoko is synonymous with ceramics, but the French Horn?  Who knew?  Knowing and being awoken to the unknown talents of others, formerly unknown, is part of the discovery I was brought into with the production of “Y Me…”, and seeing it in the form of colleagues and alongside students – it is a powerful learning moment.  It was an honor to see so many talented colleagues such as Yoko sharing this talent to promote the many many talents of others.

Annabella M – If you are lucky, sometimes with individuals there is a defining moment.  During one of the production nights, the last note uttered from Annabella was the deep base note she is so good at.  Simply with hearing her as the last note in that particular music piece, gave you the “hearing memory and knowledge” of what contributions she was making to the orchestra and to the show, as well as blending in and adding to the orchestra as one unit as well.  From her contributions to the ASOMEX Jazz Festival this year to her smooth numbers produced in “Y Me…” Annabella continues to be a powerful bass addition to this production and many more events upcoming.

The Stage and Tech Crew Gurus that bring it all together

Individually, there is no doubt every single person mentioned here:

Alan L., Alani P., Alberto C., Alex De Winter, Andrea P., Andres T., Enrique G., Hugo Cabrera, Isabel R., Jose Fernando Herrera, Julie D., Lois R., Manuel Fagoaga, Mateo P., Miguel V., Patricio W., Regina A., Rodolfo M., Roman A., Stefan W., Teruhi Yoshioka, Ximena Villalobos, and Ivan Guerra 

played a HUGE, HUGE role in rolling out the success of this production. What I loved was more than any other production than I can remember, I saw these individuals even more than I can remember, before, during and after the show and I loved that.  To me it told me how involved more and more, year after year, individuals are becoming in the Theatre realm, and even coming back and playing a crucial part of the success of productions.  This is reassuring and makes everyone thinking about seeing a production, more definite in seeing future productions.  I never realized how much there is to realize about a production until you take time afterwards, during, and yes, even before, to contemplate and ponder what you are seeing and the connections it makes to the overall meaning of a single production.  In analyzing all the shows and each individual over the course of the last week and a half, I have learned so much more about the commitment given for such a long period of time thanks to the above mentioned individuals, even when it is in the wee hours of the morning, often when no one is around, you have t have a group of people that have a feeling that soars above any physical gratitude that is obvious at times.  it is exciting see this have never ceased to end in the individuals mentioned here, and has continued to grow.  This show there is truly no finale to that feeling, maybe of a physical show,  but not of the results of that show. Such was the case with “Y Me…”.

 

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About Harry Brake

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