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Energy, Passion and Extracurriculars

Editor’s Note: This post was written by summer Tour Communications Associate June Mello

Creation Week 2 was one bursting with activity. Not only have the acts been getting more and more polished each day, we’ve also moved on to the stage of production where run-throughs happen each day. Scene transitions and character work have now become just as important as refining tricks and practicing skills.

The costumes and concessions departments have also both arrived since my last update, making the start of the tour feel even closer. They did first fittings for costumes this week, and next week I’ll be working with some troupers to shoot a video for concessions displaying some of their stock in action. I also conducted trouper interviews this week. It was great getting to know them better and hear some of their stories, and I’m sure when the videos are eventually posted audiences will feel much the same.

One thing that impresses me about the troupers is their immense amount of energy and passion. That isn’t to say they never get tired—everyone does—but the amount of things they can pack into each day (when they already spend a large chunk of it training) is insane. In addition to training, they participate in evening events (this week we had at least 4 major ones), do chores each day, and go out of their way to make sure there’s time to do fun activities together and with the Smirkus staff.

The main example of this is what everyone has dubbed “the extracurriculars,” little classes the troupers have started that happen once per week after council. They are mostly attended by troupers, but are open to all and have some staff participation. Currently we have two classes going, French Class led by Cora and Lyndon, and Salsa led by Solvin. I haven’t been to salsa yet, but I went to French a few days ago and it was really fun. Now, I can ask where the bathroom is should I ever find myself in France or Quebec. It really is so cool that they have the time and energy to schedule and run these things, but also just the fact that they are so happy and willing to share their knowledge and skills is amazing. It has even inspired the staff to start doing the same. Paul from concessions and Isabel from the Pie Car had their own dance class, also open to all, tonight. There was swing dance, a bit of salsa (now I’m prepared for when I go to Solvin ‘s next class), and blues fusion. It was also really fun.

I can’t wait to see how the rest of the show comes together, and the next way the troupers will surprise me. Maybe I’ll update you all next week after class.

Until then,