Today, I leave Arkansas.
Date: June 12, 2014
Days Spent on Project: 479
Location: Conway, Arkansas
Person I would have sent it to: Kevin Scott C.
Kevin, when I met him back in 2008, was working in the Custom Shoe/Theatrical Department at the Capezio near Times Square. When Fela! (the off-broadway production) started gearing up, I was made aware that everyone would need dance shoes (obviously) and the designer thought Capezio would be our best option. Marina, the designer, asked me to draw something up for the one custom shoe in the show… and then also to provide whatever dance shoes the other performers needed.
At the time, I was bowled over. Custom shoes? That’s a possibility?
Now, anytime I work on a musical or a dance piece, I assume custom shoes will be needed and/or insisted upon. Perspectives change.
Kevin worked at Capezio then and, when I first met him, I was bowled over with inexperience… not only with the needs of dance shoes in general, but the possibilities available when custom making shoes. I’m sure Kevin saw the “green-ness” in me; he helped me along with the basic choices for the custom shoe, and then dealing with all the needs of the other dancers and their feet.
Since I opened Pippin last night, which is itself a dance-heavy show, I’ve been constantly reminded of the need to provide comfortable, good dance shoes for the performers. It was my first red-flag to bring up in the production: how are we gonna do this without dance shoes exactly? Again, I find it interesting that the SHOES are the first thing I think about when it comes to budgeting and realizing a design. Five to six years ago, shoes never would have been such a focus of mine.
But they’re important. They can stop a production in its tracks.
Kevin no longer works at Capezio. He left one or two years ago, and changed directions; he now studies childhood education, with the goal of becoming a teacher. It looks like he’s much happier about this path, from what I see and hear.
Music I listened to while sewing: It’s silent this morning. No music, no birds chirping. Arkansas has no soundtrack right now.
Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: So, Pippin opened last night and I’m so relieved.
Many people came up to me unsolicited and said the costumes looked great. I normally don’t get that kind of attention on Opening Night, so that was nice… if not a little awkward.
But I also realized that everyone, don’t ask how I learned this, assumed I was about 10 years younger than I actually am… that I just graduated grad school, or even undergrad. Several people were trying to put together how someone who was around 24 could have so many resume credits. Realizing that I’m in my mid-30s was a little surprising to a few people here.
I’m moving on today to the next adventure- Virginia. And I couldn’t be more excited. And nervous.
It’ll be great to be reunited with The Dog. It’ll be great to put this show to bed. It’ll be interesting to see how the next few weeks, if not months, play out. Where am I headed now?
I have about 9 or 10 Cranes left in my arsenal that I made before I left New York City in April. I might run out before I get back to NYC. We’ll cross that bridge when that time comes.
Off to the airport!