Hey everyone! Alex DiLallo here, hoping your yuletide celebrations are going well! A Christmas Carol has just previewed tonight to a wonderful audience – we all had such a blast putting it on, and we’ve got plenty more shows to … Continue reading
Reporting live from Tech, Hartt Musical Theatre student Julian Sarria here, your male swing for this Holiday season!
Now, for those of you who don’t know what I swing is, I am an actor in the company who has been here since rehearsal started, memorizing several of the tracks in the show in case there is an illness in the cast. A track is one particular actor’s entire journey through a show. It involves all of the different characters, costumes, and scene changes that one particular actor is in charge of.
To be specific, I cover FIVE tracks in the show. Some of these tracks are ghostly apparitions, Fezziwig party guests, and so on. Others involve small speaking parts and even a very important part in act 2. And at this point in time, in the middle of tech, I’ve memorized all of them.
Even still things change every day. My friends Patrick, Michael, and James are playing the ghosts I cover. It is my job to watch them very closely in rehearsal. I can ask them specific questions about their dance patterns or their own traffic issues backstage. Anyone who has ever done a show knows that the traffic backstage is just as complicated as the stuff the audience gets to see. And I have to know five entirely different traffic patterns. Everyone is very helpful in including me into these new conversations, especially now as we enter the throes of technical rehearsals.
I would say more, but the new magic I’m seeing front of me is beyond any words I could use to describe it. Theater magic is surpassing itself daily here at Hartford Stage. As a happy audience member for these past few years, I’m excited for all of you to see these new tricks! Until next time!