A Day in the Life… of a Female Swing

A Day in the Life… of a Female Swing

A Day in the Life… of a Female Swing

 

Rehearsals are in full swing for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Kathryn Barnes, Female Swing, takes us behind-the-scenes and gives us an insight into a typical day in rehearsals.

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It’s my job, as Female Swing, to understudy 8 different parts in the show. A typical rehearsal day revolves around my ‘Swing Bible’ which contains maps of all movement and direction that occurs during the show. During the day I make the changes and add relevant information, preparing me to be able to go on stage without disrupting the flow of the show.

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As dance numbers and scenes are being created or rehearsed I use the time to observe and make notes. This ensures that I pick up all of Stephen Mear‘s wonderful choreographic details and patterns.

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Throughout a typical day in rehearsals, Matt Overfield (the Male Swing) and I practice choreography so we can jump into the show when necessary. We are usually found practising something in a corner somewhere but here we are working on one of the dance numbers.

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