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  • Writer's pictureAlly Gia

A Christmas Carol Opening!

As of now, we are a little past halfway through our run of A Christmas Carol at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis! My ride with this show has been a journey and a half. I was not expecting to be in this show, and had just closed American Idiot when I got an email asking me to join the cast. So off I went! Crazy fun, a total whirlwind, and just an absolute joy of a time so far.

We had a few weeks of rehearsal, in which I learned more than I can possibly type in one blog entry. The most applicable to you? 1. Be prepared to spend all of your break time puzzling, and do not drop one on the floor lest you be required to eat it (Don’t even get me started on that one). 2. Do not leave your phone unattended at rehearsal, or you will very quickly find your camera roll filled with little gems like the one I have attached. (Much love to you, Paul, and your willing accomplice MJR.)

All jokes aside, this is a powerhouse of a cast with so many amazing connections already formed, and it was both incredibly intimidating and wonderfully inspiring to jump into this show with them.

We then went into tech, and oh boy, is it a different experience doing a full tech run on top of trying to complete school work. It‘s been a long while since I was in a professional show, my last being in high school, and it is definitely a different experience in university than high school.

We also had quite a bit of action when it comes to safety and figuring out the show again. This adaptation of A Christmas Carol is ridiculously complicated, so it took the full tech run and first couple previews for us all to feel comfortable in our tracks, working in harmony with the full company.

Luckily, we all figured it out just in time for opening night! That was a few weeks ago, and I am happy to say that I am still having such a blast being a part of this company. We have had our fair share of illnesses and injuries, but I am so lucky to be a part of such a powerful and supportive cast that even when I find myself lacking in motivation, they are all there to help pull me along until I can get my motor running again. I only hope that I do the same for them when they are running low.

A massive hug to anyone from the company reading this. We aren’t done yet, and this has already been the experience of a lifetime. I am so blessed to be a part of this family. Much love <3.


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