Rebecca Moore’s introduction to live theatre, apart from watching it, started in September as choreographer for Mamma Mia!, a now sold out Theatre Tillsonburg musical that opens at the Otter Valley Playhouse on April 30.
Recommended by Danscene’s Angela Farkas in Tillsonburg, Moore said ‘why not?’ when asked to choreograph of one of the largest, most ambitious musicals Theatre Tillsonburg has done in recent years in terms of rehearsal scheduling, budget and popularity.
It was a bit of a step outside Moore’s wheelhouse – which is all things dance – moving into the world of theatre. But really, it was only a side step.
“It’s a different vision from what I would see myself doing,” she admitted. “I never thought I would be into theatre, but I’m loving it so far. I’m really enjoying it. And it feels good being back on the stage again, either way, if I’m singing or dancing.”
Auditions started in September, and Moore taught actors simple dance routines during the auditioning process. She also gave input at the table with director Tom Heeney, assistant director Susan Lowrie, music director Dianne Clark, and producer Paul Clark.