Summer Student Blog Post: Part of Your World

A "Squid Squad" selfie from behind the scenes on Saturday: Me, Amanda, and Kerry.

Is it sappy to already miss a show when it only ended two days ago? Because I do.

This weekend marked our last three performances of The Little Mermaid. Three more wonderful audiences had a chance to see the show, and I can only hope they enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed performing. I personally would like to thank everyone involved in the show, from our audiences to our cast and crew to front of house to parents to behind the scenes workers and beyond. It takes many people to put on a successful show, and each and every one of you contributed to the success of this run. You are all wonderful, and I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of your world.

In particular, though, I would like to send a special thank you and shout out to my “Squid Squad,” Amanda Mullally (who played Ursula) and Kerry Lawrence (who played Jetsam). These lovely ladies accepted me with open arms when I joined the cast late as Flotsam, were patient as I slowly got myself up to speed, and made me smile every rehearsal and performance. They’ve made me laugh so hard my sides hurt, and their professional attitudes, drive, and talent inspire me to want to be a better actress. You guys rock. Thank you.

Now that the show is over, today is a wrap-up day of sorts for me. Some wonderful volunteers assisted in cleaning the theatre and surrounding space yesterday, so the only show-related tasks I have left largely consist of returning borrowed materials. I’ll be hitting the road later today to tie up these loose ends, and then the show will be truly finished for me.

After today, my focus will shift almost entirely to planning summer camps; I’ve already done some work on this today in the form of brainstorming set and costume ideas, but things will be speeding up even more as the week goes on. I’ll be finalizing costumes, props, and set pieces over the course of this week, as well as writing song lyrics and performing other housekeeping tasks. I will also be visiting Brooklyn Elementary School to give presentations about camp on Wednesday of this week, then that night I’m headed to our first batch of camp placement auditions! I’m very excited to meet with our campers for the first time; the talent that is unveiled during these auditions always surprises me!

I’m looking forward to the rest of this week. Expect another update from me this Friday! Until then, have a wonderful week! (And if anyone wants to chat about the Tony Awards, please hit me up; I have a lot of feelings.)

Cheers!
Ally