We made a show!

I know you are sick of hearing about it, but now that we’ve got one weekend of performances under our belt, it feels like a REAL SHOW and we DID IT.11823014_10207129319052470_8409766406364155295_o

It wasn’t without its hiccups. We didn’t have lights until opening night. Microphones were a little iffy, including the fact that we sometimes heard bits of conversation from on stage / in the house. One of our main characters slipped on fake blood and sprained her ankle and had to do Sunday’s show on crutches.

You read that right. Fake blood. Lots of it. We’ve added mopping between scenes.

#COMMUNITYTHEATER am I right?

Attendance was small, but it’s a small space and it honestly felt perfectly cozy! Most of us play multiple roles throughout the show…It’s how it was written. And honestly, it makes it pretty funny since everyone plays both men and women. You get quite an eclectic cast of characters that way. I play Ruthie/Ned/Young Meredith.

I’m really looking forward to our next performances, since I think we are all having a little more fun with it now. WE FINALLY KNOW OUR LINES so it’s on us now to just have a great time. If you’re in Columbus, come out and see us! Details are here: http://www.emeraldcityplayers.com/

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Tech Week

Ahhhh, tech week. Ask anyone who has ever been in theater, and they will cringe at those two words. It’s the week before you open. There are lights and costumes and props and microphones and people all in places there never were before. And you weren’t totally confident in your memorization of lines as it was, and now adding on all these pieces?? Yeah. It’s a little rough.

Tech week is stressful, and in community theater, it’s even more fickle. Our lines and our harmonies vanished into thin air. Half of the microphones don’t work…

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We have new props, like this twisted-pinterested Bat Baby…

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There is general confusion, hubbub, and mess…

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Yes you may notice this does not look like a theater. That’s because it’s not – it’s a local office building. But we are in the beginning phase of transforming it…All this and we open on Saturday. So much fun and so little sleep!!

And if you’re in Columbus, PLEASE come see Bat Boy: The Musical so all of this is not in vain!!! 🙂

I’m Finally in a Musical Again!

After a five-year hiatus, I’m finally rejoining the world of community theater. WOOT.

I was never the lead in high school, but by senior year, I was cast as the comedic supporting role…and loved it!! I remember thinking, “Oh my gosh, I think I’m funny…” This whole time I had thought I wanted to be the ingenue, only to learn I REALLY just wanted to make everyone laugh and totally steal the show from the ingenue… I know, I’m a bad person. It’s cool.

In college, I joined the amazing group “The Original Cast,” and continued doing musical theater just for fun. My favorite roles, still, were the funny ones… Like Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre. I did occasionally play that good ol’ ingenue role, but often felt like I missed out on that little spunky punch I love about comedic roles. After graduating, I did a few community theater productions, including How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Seussical the Musical, and a local writer’s new show entitled Call Me Home.

Then I got a new job, which included travel every other week, and community theater just wasn’t a possibility. It’s been on hold for five years now, and finally, my travel has reduced enough that I can make it work. So, I auditioned, and got in! Hooray! Community theater is a funny thing, where EVERYONE knows EVERYONE. Breaking into that little world is definitely a tad challenging, but hey, I’m just happy to be connecting and getting re-started.

In early August, I’ll be in Bat Boy, put on by Emerald City Players just outside of Columbus.

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I admit, I have actually really loved this quirky musical since I first saw it in high school the music is fun and clever, and it’s a totally ridiculous plot based on that 1990’s “Weekly World News” article about a half boy, half bat being found. HA! It’s what you might consider a “cult musical,” which is perfect for a summertime community production.

There are four main characters, and then the rest of the ten-person cast (so six of us, if you’re bad at math) play two or three characters throughout the show. I’ll be playing Ruthie/Ned (oh yeah, most everyone plays a guy and a girl at some point). No matter who you play, you’re on stage a lot and you’re singing a lot! Who could ask for anything more? 😉 Seriously, can’t wait to dive back into that rehearsal grind, plunk out some fun new harmonies, and utter the words, “I can’t – I have rehearsal” on a regular basis. Happy Friday!

The Spelling Bee!

Nerd Alert! The hubs and I watched a few pieces of the National Spelling Bee Championship yesterday, and it was seriously so entertaining. Seeing all these little personalities and how freaking SMART these kids are was incredible, and their little mannerisms and reactions to things were beyond endearing. It wasn’t as boring as this yawn indicates…

I think this article from CNN really sums up the top five moments. Dev was our favorite…Click this tweet to see how proudly he went out!

I was NEVER good enough at spelling to get past our middle school’s spelling bee, but I did know a girl who went to DC once, so that’s cool, right? However, watching the BEE did sort of takes me back to my days of pretending to be a ridiculous spelling be contestant in our performance of “25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee” with my college’s musical theater review group…

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Me, circa 2006, as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre aka Schwarzy.

It was also a little bit crazy to see how many of these kids REALLY HAD THE QUIRKS that this zaney group of college kids embodied on stage that year. So thank you, spelling bee, for stirring up memories that have nothing to do at all with a REAL spelling bee, but have everything to do with awesome friends and an awesome time in my life.

And if you’re bored, you may recognize Jesse Tyler Ferguson in this video from his Broadway days… Enjoy your musical theater Friday!! You’re welcome.

Into The Woods

I cannot begin to describe my excitement that Into The Woods is coming out in MOVIE FORM!! While there have been both successful and unsuccessful movie-musicals, I have high hopes for the likes of Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, and Johnny Depp.

I’M SO EXCITED!! Watch the trailer…

As an 8th grader, I watched my high school perform this musical, and fell in love with it. I’ve seen several versions of it, and performed in a piece of it during college as the Baker’s Wife. It’s Friday, but I’m pretending this is a little #TBT anyway. Our college, low-budget version looked a little different…but here’s my favorite solo shot for ya!

And a fun little one of our small but mighty group in action.

My college theater group (The Original Cast) was my family in college, and we had so much fun putting on our sometimes-great-sometimes-not performances. This happened to be one of my favorites.

I hope you all have a great weekend. Happy Friday!