"Tech week" is the equivalent of the part in a Mario game where you're running out of time and the music and enemies all speed up.
It's the week where everyone has to wrap up blocking and choreography and finally go off book, as well as work in props, costumes, sets, lights, and sound. Be kind to your theatre person, as they will be stressed.
But just because it's crunch time doesn't mean we couldn't get to enjoy one last master class from professional actress Lori Marinacci.
For this session, the teens and preteens came together for once, to ask Marinacci questions about her career, tips for young actors, and random personal questions, such as "Do you ever think of starting a family?" and "What's your favorite character from Hamilton?"
Marinacci spoke about her experiences on Broadway, in Pittsburgh, and at sea doing musicals on a cruise ship. Students who have graduated and/or are pursuing careers in theatre got to hear advice about moving to big cities, looking for jobs, and sustaining themselves while not acting.
"The older I get, the more important I realize it is to maintain relationships," said Marinacci, adding that making good impressions on people and actively reaching out were the best ways to get and keep theatre jobs.
Also, her dog Gracie was there. I just thought that was worth noting. Gracie was a very well-behaved dog.
I don't know how to wrap up this post, so uh...