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Summarizing the long form essay

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Thirty to forty hour work weeks. No pay for the students. One month to put on a Tony award-winning musical. Sound crazy? Not to Rory Pelsue. He was able to put together a show that not only sold out every night but received multiple standing ovations from sobbing audience members.

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Thirty to forty hour work weeks. No pay for the students. One month to put on a Tony award-winning musical. Sounds crazy, right? Not to Rory Pelsue. He dove headfirst into Quinnipiac’s production of Next to Normal. Despite his nerves about the heavy-hitting show, he took the challenge and the final product was amazing. The show was a resounding success, selling out every night and receiving multiple standing ovations. Most of the directors I’ve worked with are a more “stand here and then walk over here and sing” director. Not Rory. He had the actors scour their scripts. Each actor spent hours combing their scripts to find the underlying meaning of each line. Rory spent countless hours outside of rehearsal scouring the script for underlying meanings, as well as important words/ quotes that the actors needed to know and putting all of them into pamphlets for each actor to read.

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Thirty to forty hour work weeks. No pay for the students. One month to put on a Tony award-winning musical. Sounds crazy, right? Not to Rory Pelsue. He dove headfirst into Quinnipiac’s production of Next to Normal. Surprisingly he wasn’t the first choice for the job. He was slated to be the musical’s director in 2020. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rory was asked to take over as director. He was nervous about taking on the show, as he did not know what talent Quinnipiac had to offer. But despite his nerves about the heavy-hitting show, he took the challenge and the final product was amazing. The show was a resounding success, selling out every night and receiving multiple standing ovations.

Most of the directors I’ve worked with are a more “stand here and then walk over here and sing” director. Not Rory. He had the actors dive deep into their scripts. Each actor spent hours combing their scripts to find the underlying meaning of each line. Rory spent countless hours, by himself, outside of rehearsal scouring the script for underlying meanings, as well as important lines that the actors needed to know and putting all of them into pamphlets for each actor to read.

Each actor could tell how much work Rory was putting into the show, and, in turn, they poured their heart and soul into the production. With that determination from all of the actors and crew members, Rory stated that he had never worked with a group of students who had such a great work ethic. Long and late nights, became part of the norm, but nobody wavered. Every person wanted to be there, and that made Rory’s life so much easier. “As soon as I feel people don’t want to be there I get so anxious.”

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