I don’t know that I fully understand choreographers.
They see things differently, I think, and are so far ahead of the rest of us that they start counting at the number 5.
Lexie Frare is one of those people.
I’ve known Lexie for years, going back to my earliest days stopping in at Nyack High School to see what Joe Egan and his all-star creative team had dreamed up.
I remember chatting with her in Ossining in 2005, when she was part of the all-girl cast of “Outloud,” a show about those difficult tween-teen years, at the long-gone Blueberry Pond Theater Ensemble. She went off to Emerson and came back home to dig in to the life of theater, sometimes performing, most often choreographing youth theater. Her choreography for “Spring Awakening” at White Plains PAC (not youth theater) was a highlight of that show. She then performed in “Cats” there, which, sadly, I missed.
We meet each June at the Paramount in Peekskill, at the Metro Awards, where she helps the unsinkable Danielle Rudess to pull off that yearly celebration of the high school musical. Lexie has always struck me as someone who, like Danielle, “gets it,” a pro who can be funny and smart and smile amid the chaos of theater.
Now, she’s added blogging to her arsenal of skills, making her a quadruple threat, I suppose. She recently started sharing stories from her experiences introducing kids to theater. The early posts are so strong, I’ve added “Finding Their Light” to my blogroll, that list of sites on the right of this blog that are essential for theatergoers in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Read, for example, “What Does It Feel Like to Play a Girl?” and you’ll see why.
I think you’ll like “Finding Their Light,” which takes its name from a particular bit of theatrical know-how: learning where to stand so that the stage lights hit you just right, when you feel the full heat of the light on your face.
There’s heat and light in this lovely little blog, a charming glimpse into the world of youth theater — as seen by one of those people who starts to count at the number 5.