Our second–and final!–rehearsal was on Saturday in the fantastic space loaned to us by our friends at 2nd Story, a Chicago-based “collective of story-makers and story-lovers working together to build community through the power of storytelling”. We met at their headquarters on Ravenswood in an renovated lighting factory with beautiful woodwork throughout (and even a reproduction of a Frank Lloyd Wright Garden Sprite in the entryway). The space felt…magical. We were thrilled to have Brandi of Balee Images with us once again, to capture our day. All photos here were taken by her. (Thank you, Brandi!!)
Before starting our full run-through of the show, there was a little business to take care of and I do mean “little”, as in TINY. We took a few minutes to welcome the newest LTYM Chicago baby, “Macey Tralisa” (Not her real name), who was born only a week and a half before, into the family.
After the “oohs” and “ahhs”, it was time to get to work. Tracey and I took our places at the podium, OUR podium, the one we use on stage at the show (also magical), and went over some of the nuts and bolts of our show day schedule. It was VERY serious.
After talking about our show day schedule, we started reading our show script. As rehearsal went on, I couldn’t help feeling like this was all moving too fast. This being our third year, I’m familiar with how it seems like our to-do list will never be finished for months and months and then suddenly, like magic, it is. And then suddenly, the show is in our rear-view mirror. If slowing down time were an option, I would definitely take it.
It isn’t though, and so I keep moving forward with the mental note to enjoy everything fully: the show, the cast, the feelings. As each cast member approached the podium to read her story, I was blown away all over again by the quality of the writing, the heartfelt quality of the reading, and the depth of my love for this show, this project. I was so happy to be sitting there, absorbing it all like a sponge.
When we reached the end of the show script, we felt…ready. Not ready for this ride to be over, but ready to present our months of hard work to a wonderful Chicago audience on Sunday May 4 at the Athenaeum Theatre. I hope the audience is ready for us. It’s sure to be a magical afternoon. I hope you’ll be there.
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