We’re counting down to the opening of Lysistrata Jones by getting to know some of the folks behind-the-scenes and on stage. Choreographer Brandon Glass sat down and shared a couple of things about his process and background the other day. Let’s hear what he has to say….
….About his Approach to Choreography and this Project
“When I was approached to choreograph for this production I agreed and was driven to not make it a cheesy/typical ‘play about cheerleaders.’ Dancers and cheerleaders are athletes, so I pushed this cast to execute quality moves and dance numbers that you would see at competitions, or showcases for dance. My process included a semi-intense, but very short work-out segment to push them physically and mentally to new limits. I also encourage team work-outs because they all struggle together. A sense of unity and chemistry will always help a group to find common ground and realize that they all endure the same hurdles to reach their final goal, so why not encourage each other along the way.”
…About his Background
“I was born in Germany, and moved around a lot as a military child. I didn’t grow up in a studio dancing. I wasn’t at recitals every week, or showcases every month. My first class wasn’t until I was about 18. From there I started actually studying the different genres of dance and trying them out myself. I’m very musically inclined playing trumpet, drums and piano, and occasionally I like to ice skate. At the same time, I play my fair share of sports; basketball, soccer, diving, backyard baseball. I was always involved in a lot and wanted a taste of everything, it takes a lot of work to accomplish that, but there’s so much to learn along the way that at the end of it all, it is SO worth the work.”
Brandon is no stranger to Red Branch, having served as choreographer for last summer’s smash production of Heathers the Musical. Come see his latest work on stage from August 4-26 in Lysistrata Jones!