Marissa Kendrick
Holding Out for a Hero
Mon Jan 23, 2017 18:20

Marissa sighed and leaned against the chair she’d dragged onstage. They were in the throes of Footloose rehearsals, and somehow, Marissa and Nick had ended up doing choreography. She wasn’t surprised; the two of them were the only dancers in the school, and Garen loved handing out responsibility to students. It gave them ownership of the thing or whatever.

She rarely auditioned to actually be in the shows unless they were interesting and/or had a lot of dancing. Footloose wasn’t interesting, but it was a dance show. It was up to her and Nick to make it at least interesting to watch and fun to dance. She believed in their ability to make it interesting to watch, but she wasn’t so sure about making it fun to dance. Neither her nor Nick were especially fond of the musical theater style of dance. And when they had to create choreography for the general student body, they had to make sure it was something they could learn and execute with relative ease. So, for her, it was really, really boring. Marissa preferred doing choreography for solo and small group numbers. It allowed her to get to know more about the performers she was working with. Anyway, she thought that Nick was better at visualizing and executing group numbers.

How was she going to do this without Nick next year?

Deeming that thought a Future Marissa problem, she pulled a few more chairs and a table onstage to simulate a small booth and table at a diner. She was working on the small group number, ‘Holding Out for a Hero.’ It was just her character and three other girls in the scene, so it fell into her choreographic territory. Marissa would have enjoyed that if it didn’t call for just plain old pedestrian choreography. Oh, and her belting. Try as she might, she was always a little self-conscious about that.

She stuck her charmed iPod in her sports bra, which was covered by a white tank top with the words ‘sweat, stretch, pirouette’ written across the front. She had figured out how to make the basic choreography look interesting to the audience, while also leaving room for the other performers to make it their own. She’d give them the movements; they’d have to add their own flavor. She was more worried about singing the number than perfecting the choreography at this point.

Garen is so lucky that I love him.

She moved the last chair and took a step back to look at the makeshift set she had in front of her. “Yeah, that’ll work,” she said to herself, tilting her head to the side. After a moment of contemplation, the red head climbed onto her table, which was round and surrounded by the other chairs, and placed her hands on her hips. Man, it was always weird to sing and dance at the same time. Musicals were weird.

She stuck a hand in the pocket of her black floral lace pants and was getting ready to start singing when someone walked into the theater. Marissa paused her music and removed one of her earbuds. “Hey,” she greeted the person with a freckled smile; that person was now the unwilling participant in her brainstorming, “Do you think I’m too tall if I stand on the table? Or does it look okay?” Marissa was of average height for a fifteen year old, and she had on flat, floral sneakers, so her shoes didn’t add any extra height. “Pretend there are three girls sitting in the chairs around the table.”

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