She's been through 11 rehearsals and three actual performances. So how's it going?
She's thrilled, but tired. Every night I carry her in from the car where she's sound asleep. (She's as heavy as an overnight backpack so I'm going to start counting the elevation gain to her bedroom.)
Amy's volunteering backstage and has some great stories about oops and ouches during rehearsals. Seriously, ask her.
We went to see the first matinee performance (she was also in opening night). It was weird being there without her leading us to our seats. Throughout the first act (in which she does not appear), Henry could be heard asking, "Where's Clara?" The people behind us must have thought him dim since "Clara" is in almost every scene.
At intermission, we found the super secret snack bar and were through the line in no time. Remember: When you see a mirror behind the snack bar, make sure you can see yourself. Unless your a vampire. Then look for the person next to you. Especially their neck.
Our Clara is on stage for about 10 minutes. First she's in front of the "curtain" and then mixed in with the other performers. During the majority, she's in the back right.
I tried to get her to agree to give me a wink at some point, but she's far too serious an artist to do that. Instead, she danced her part and gave us a great show.
Needless to say, we're really proud of her. Not because we had anything to do with her success (well, other than she obviously got my mad dancing skillz), but because she's following her dreams and working hard to make them come true.
She's in shows through December 29. If you get a chance to go, make sure we know and she'll make an appearance afterward. (Don't worry, there's only a nominal fee required.)