55th Entry, October 11th, 2016

It’s officially October! This past week marked the beginning of a lot of new and exciting things. Every Monday morning, we have a Stagecraft class. We trade our dancewear and eye shadow for headsets and wrenches. We learn about the different responsibilities of stage managers, lighting and sound designers, and other backstage positions because as third years, we do almost all of the backstage work for the Student Workshops. This Monday we prepared for the first show, which was on Thursday and Friday night. I was assigned the “wrangler” position, which meant that I had to call out the dancers and get them backstage on time before their piece started. I thought it was going to be an easy job!

On Tuesday, I received an e-mail from the Alumni Relations office: they wanted to know if I had any free afternoon hours to work in their office. With a little maneuvering of my tight schedule, I now work in the Office of Alumni Relations twice a week!

On Wednesday morning, I had an 8am Student Ambassador breakfast meeting in the President’s Board Room. I met the new ambassadors, and we discussed some upcoming plans for the student body. Afterwards, I had my usual load of classes and left school 12 hours later at 8pm.

It doesn’t end yet! Thursday evening was my big night working backstage during the Workshop performance. I had a lot of fun being a “wrangler” and being on the other side of the stage; it really allowed me to appreciate all of the behind-the-scenes work it takes before the dancers can perform!

On Friday, I attended the annual Tour Guide meeting. I met the other guides and we were served dinner. I enjoyed meeting new students from other divisions! To round out the busy week, on Saturday I got a massage and saw the Broadway musical, “On the Town.” I met one of the producers of the show, Juilliard alumnus Bruce Robert Harris at the Martha Hill documentary premiere at Juilliard two weeks ago. I told him I was looking into seeing the show, and he promised me he would set aside tickets for Juilliard students. On Saturday night, as I walked up the steps to the theater on 42nd street, Bruce was standing right there! He recognized me immediately! I gave him a hug and thanked him for the tickets. He said it was his duty as an alumnus to give back to the Juilliard community and we both agreed to stay in touch!

All in all, I’d say it was a fantastic week, and I can’t wait to see what the following days will bring!

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