All In A Day’s Work – Day 3 at NHSMTA 2013

Good mid-morning DSM Fans!

Day 3 in New York City for Dakota & Cameron was yesterday! They are in the thick of rehearsals and coaching, and they have been working their tails off! Please see below for pictures and their comments about their day yesterday!


Another busy day rehearsing (which is more fun than it sounds). We started off again by reviewing the music for the opening and closing then broke off to our coaching sessions. Throughout the lesson it was really amazing to see how myself and the other nominees progressed.

What happens when Schele isn't in the room? Dakota and Rynne having a handstand competition!

What happens when Schele isn’t in the room? Dakota and Rynne having a handstand competition!

I’ve learned so much already and feel like I’m growing as an artist, which was the whole objective of being here in the first place. We had a costume parade and it was fun seeing everyone as their characters. After that we staged the majority of the opening number. Today we got a lot of work done, but we still have much more to do before the show Monday.


Today was action packed. We immediately continued choreographing the opening number after breakfast, then went to vocal training and worked medleys (you know the drill by now). Today was the last day with Schele, and she lived up to my expectations, once again, of being phenomenal. She’s part psychologist, part voice teacher, part superhero. She makes her students do creative exercises to establish serious connections to their song (for example: I packed a bag during one of my run-throughs as I was saying goodbye to “Sarah” in my solo, which brought out a little more aggression in my voice).

Schele Williams' group of nominees at NHSMTA!

Schele Williams’ group of nominees at NHSMTA!

After a dinner break, we did a costume parade and continued to choreograph, and ended the night with a discussion with Charles Wood, a Tony-nominated playwright (whose first show was titled “Lesbian Vampires of Sodom”). I’m finishing this night by listening to my roommate, John Clay III, sing an incredible rendition of “Make Them Hear You.”

Cameron's NHSMTA roommate John Clay III belting his heart out (he'll be attending Carnegie Mellon in the fall as an MT)

Cameron’s NHSMTA roommate John Clay III belting his heart out (he’ll be attending Carnegie Mellon in the fall as a MT)

I’m loving every minute of this journey and can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds.

Today is another full day of rehearsal, and I feel that it will be their most difficult day so far. We wish them the best of luck this weekend – it’s going to be a busy one!

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Have a great Saturday!

-DSM Amanda


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