Three days to opening night. Rehearsals are now on the stage. Adam says this is the point when he gets really nervous, which is understandable. Moving out of the rehearsal space is always a big adjustment. I just can't believe they only have three days to put this on stage. And Rex says this is the first day they're rehearsing with "the fifty-foot silk." The WHAT? Yes, this ballet involves a giant piece of white silk. Which Tom keeps getting tangled up in. The mistakes look quite comical, actually.
First stage rehearsal for "Paquita." Ronnie, in his costume (which has the most ENORMOUS codpiece) says he loves "go time," because it gives him the opportunity to show that he deserves to be a principal. Well, he has the ass for it. Adam says this is Ronnie's first opening night with Ballet West, and despite his big talk Ronnie does seem to have some nerves that are getting the best of him. Maybe the codpiece is just throwing him off-balance.
Allison runs through her solo and gripes that the conductor is still going too fast. Adam agrees with her, but tells Allison not to make a face in her frustration. She goes backstage and flomps dramatically on the floor. After the commercial break, she goes back out and asks to run through it again. The conductor asks what tempo she'd like. Elena reassures Allison that she's doing well. Indeed, the problem now seems to be all in her head rather than her legs. Ronnie observes that despite the tempo problems, Allison is behaving rather unprofessionally. She goes backstage to cry on Christiana's shoulder. Rex is lurking in a shadow, glowering. Adam throws a little hissy at Elena, that there are too many angry faces and so many loose ends that need tying up. It all looks like the familiar chaos of right before a show opens, frankly.
Next week: Opening night. Ronnie gets nervous and stops flirting. Allison gets the yips. And Beckanne seems like the best-adjusted person at Ballet West. Oh dear.