A: Hello! My name is Connor Gallagher, I’m the choreographer of Beetlejuice and the director-choreographer of the 2022 & 2023 Dazzle Awards.
A: Excitement. The opportunity to work with some of my favorite collaborators adapting such an iconic film was really cool. Also, I identify as part-ghost so the material really hits home.
A: The chaos of it all. It’s a fun world to spend a night in - imagine returning to that world over and over for several years. A lot of LOLz and a lot of stripes. And just the best people - you can feel it in the audience. Our cast radiates joy.
A: It’s genuinely funny. Like really, really funny. I think we’ve come to expect a certain style of comedy from Broadway musicals and this show is not that. It’s unpredictable and weird and a little hard to explain but you’ll definitely laugh a lot.
A: Oh sure, this show is complicated! There’s not a single number in the show that doesn’t require a somewhat heroic effort on the part of the cast. “Do this dance, but in blacklight while wearing a skeleton puppet.” That kind of thing. With love and respect to the Tik-Tok dancers of the world, this is a level-up. These people are working their tails off.
A: Chaotic, Hilarious, Joyful.
A: Beetlejuice because he’s the only out and proudly queer character in this musical and I’m both of those things. I guess the skeletons are pretty queer too but I never assume.
A: Broadway musicals take years. The Dazzle Awards take lots of planning but we don’t meet the performers until the week of the show. So that in itself is just a different energy. I love working with young performers. You see, I, too, am a young person, trapped in the body of a rapidly aging director/choreographer. So basically it’s me getting to spend a week with my friends.
A: See above! But also it’s an honor to a part of a program that celebrates young artists in such a big way.
A: Theatre is the ultimate group sport. The stories teach you about kindness and compassion. The process teaches you about collaboration, communication, and respect. It’s never every person for themself and no one gets to where they are alone. Anyone that has ever worked on a show can tell you that and that’s what draws people back every time. I’ve made life-long friends working on shows, and that’s something that’s very unique to theatre.
A: Be. Kind. To. Everyone. Also, learn how money works. They don’t offer that class with your BFA.
A: The outrageously fearless talent that walks through those doors. There’s something in the water here.