GABRIELLA WILTZ

Drums Downtown

We slaved away in a studio for hours upon hours, indulging ourselves in a single piece, pounding our blood, sweat, and tears into the floor. We stressed over counts and formations. We danced through injuries and cast changes. We pushed through the yelling but we also laughed ourselves to tears. We joked and smiled through it all… most of it anyway. We did all of this for a mere 7 minutes on stage. A semester of hard work, done in an instant.

And we loved it.

I have officially performed in my first collegiate concert and it was on the stage at the Riffe Center in the Capitol Theatre. I can’t believe that the process is actually over but it has been an amazing journey. I’m surrounded by such beautiful, talented artists. From choreographers and dancers to the live musicians and the crew. OSU is an amazing family and a well oiled machine.

To the cast of “Hook”, thank you so much for being the eclectic group of perfection that you are! I was casted with an amazing group of dancers with their own quirks and gimmicks. Abby saw the best in each of us and brought it forth in a stunning way. This was my first go and I wouldn’t have wanted it to play out any other way. Hashtag milkshake.

To my choreographer Abby, thank you so much for pushing me. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me not only this semester in your piece, but my freshman year all around. Even when you called my movement small and dry in front of everyone, you pushed me to the next level. I love you. It’s truly been an honor.

To everyone else that performed in this show, you all are some of the most phenomenal people that I’ve ever come in contact with. Beautiful dancers with beautiful spirits to match.

To the freshmen class that performed in this show (and the rest of you),  we are a force to be reckoned with. I’m so excited that I get to grow alongside all this love and talent. Our lights shined incredibly bright this weekend, it’s only up from here.

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