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A View from the Crowd: Life in the BLO Chorus - Madama Butterfly Final Thoughts

Nov 12, 2012 11:38:00 AM
By BLO Staff

Our fourth and final Madama Butterfly installment of A View from the Crowd with Chorus member Dr. Dana Schnitzer. Thank you for following her journey through the run of Madama Butterfly!

Thoughts After Closing

Geishas, Katrina Holden and Dana Schnitzer

"The run of BLO's Madama Butterfly was a huge success.  The house was packed for every show, "heedless of the wind and weather". 
I think the entire cast and crew is proud of their work, as they certainly should be!

We geishas had a great time, not only on stage but off.  Many new friendships were forged, and many laughs were had.
In case you were wondering what we do backstage when we are not singing, the backstage area is a scene of card-playing, story telling, magazine reading, advice giving.... and even magic tricks.  We certainly know how to keep ourselves entertained. 

During the run of the show, I was frantically studying for my final doctoral oral exam (Boston University).  My castmates helped by quizzing me and having related discussions about music history and vocal pedagogy.  Well, I passed, and I am now officially Dr. Schnitzer!  I walked into the dressing room on Wednesday to a round of applause.  What an amazing and supportive group of people!  I for one am very excited to come back and sing in the ensemble of Flying Dutchman in the Spring, and I am going to miss my BLO family in the meantime. 

Thanks for supporting BLO, and I hope you will come see the next show! - Signing off, Dana Schnitzer
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