Sometimes you, our faithful Moon audience, are the ones with the fascinating life stories to share, and last week at our final performance of Destry Rides Again, the above words were uttered by a very special audience member: Rachelle Reyes.
Rachelle was born and raised right here in San Francisco, and she still calls S.F. home! She’s a proud subscriber to 42nd Street Moon and knows from good performances: she was a professional dancer for many years.
I saw him as I was walking to the cab from one stage entrance and he from another. We smiled at each other and both walked toward the cab just a little bit faster, and smiled a little more, and walked a little bit faster. We both got there at the same time and I said to him, ‘Excuse me Mr. Cash, I ordered this cab,’ and he said to me, ‘I’ll make you a deal, we’ll drop you off first, and then I’ll pay for the fare.’ Well that worked for me!
Kidd’s choreography is much more athletic. What we did was much more demanding athletically. They even had to take Extraordinary Risk insurance out on us because of Kidd’s Choreography, but it was also more exciting!
The night we closed in Toronto, during the Whip dance my costume got caught on a nail and all this fabric started unraveling, but I was dancing with a partner, I couldn’t just stop. So it continued to unravel and there was all this fabric on stage! The other performers who were on the balcony where laughing because I wouldn’t stop dancing. They were just howling with laughter. Finally, the Stage Manager’s wife ran down, grabbed all the fabric and just stuffed it in my bloomers! And off I went to finish the coda of that dance…
Rachelle told me some more wonderful stories, but I only have room for a few:
Rachelle last performance was a Television Special in which she danced with Bing Crosby. After that she put up her tap/toe shoes and became a teacher here in San Francisco.