Behind the Scene Photos during theatre rehearsals
-by Manny Siverio
These photos were first taken when members of the Latin Madness cast were
rehearsing at the Heckscher Theater.
The Stretching Corner
Many of the Latin Madness cast members
stretched out before rehearsing at the theater.
Some dancers like Jai Catalano
(Co-Director, Jai & Candy) are happy to use a rail as a makeshift
Other dancers like Addie Diaz
(Director, Addie-tude Dance Co.) rather stretch by the rugged floor neat the
Still others like Candy Mena (Co-Director,
Jai & Candy) and Stracy Diaz (Descarga Latina Dance Co.) prefer to stretch
just under the stage area.
Then we have Abby Plotkin (Director, Mambo Mamas and the
Papas), who has her own version of pre-rehearse stretching. 8-)
Love For Sale Skit
One of the Comedy Skits for Latin Madness
was the Drag number Love for Sale. The number was choreographed by Addie
Diaz (Addie-Tude Dance Co.) and is part (the non-drag version) of her
Medley dance number.
Addie Diaz (Director, Addie-Tude
Dance Co.) helping the "Girls" learn the choreography for Love For
Sale. In the background we see (L-R) Mario Gonzalez (Mambo Mamas & the
Papa), Juan Matos (Santo Rico Dance Co.) and Nelson
Flores (Director, Descarga Latina Dance Co.).
Nelson Flores (Director,
Descarga Latina Dance Co), going over his Love for Sale solo. Jesus
Nieves (Descarga Latina Dance Co.) & Mario Gonzalez (Mambo Mamas &
the Papa) waiting In the background to do their solos.
Jesus Nieves (Descarga Latina Dance
Co.) doing his Love For Sale solo. Thomas
Guerrero (Director, Santo Rico Dance Co.),
Cesar Taveras (Abakua Dancers) & Mario Gonzalez (Mambo Mamas and the
Papa) (L-R) waiting for their solos.
This is no Macarena, but even Osmar
Perrones (Santo Rico Dance Co.) and Julio Enrique Heredia (Descarga Latina)
got into the act.
Mambo Mamas & The Papa at
work & play during the Heckscher Theater rehearsals:
Even Mambo Mamas (Amanda Cardona), have to practice quick wardrobe changes.
The Mambo Mamas & the Papa (Amanda, Mario, Abby & Deborah) take
second to smile for the camera.
The Mambo Mamas (L-R) Amanda, Deborah & Abby, take a moment to surprise
the Papa (Mario) with a birthday cake behind stage.
Other moments frozen in time
The Latin Madness male cast members pitching in
to roll out the dance floor we would be using during the show. What can we
say, it may have been low budget to produce it, but the show and performances
were top notch! Here we have (Left to Right) Osmar
Perrones (Santo Rico) with his back to the camera, Manny Siverio (Addie-Tude),
Julio Enrique Heredia (Descarga Latina), Marcus Nieves (Descarga Latina) and Sammy
Irizarry (Descarga Latina) hard at work.
The man of the hour, Herbie Quinones. His wit and humor held the show
together and made it possible for the dance numbers to flow naturally from one
The Santo Rico "Boys" (L-R Josh, Thomas,
Osmar) tearing up the floor
rehearsing their solo.
(L-R) Sammy Irizarry (Descarga Latina Dance Co.), Manny Blackett (Addie-tude
Dance Co.), Manny Siverio (Addie-tude Dance Co.) & Jai Catalano (Jai &
Candy) rehearsing the zoot zuit cha-cha number Shining Knight (Choreographed
by Addie Diaz).
Nelson Flores with future Latin
Madness cast member and son Devin Flores.
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