Friday, February 26, 2010


Anyone ever find it awkward when you can't get a line from a show out of your head? Particularly when it's not the most appropriate thing to be singing out loud?

Case in point: "Murder, Rape, and Suicide, Su-i-cide..." "She liked her lovers violent, she liked her lovers vicious...."


Thursday, February 25, 2010

A New Routine???

Every time I start working on a new show, my schedule changes. I’m a creature of habit, it sometimes takes me a bit to adjust to a new pattern of behaviors. So far though, I am seeing that this show is going to fit almost perfectly into my routine. First of all, rehearsals are 5-10 minutes away… a huge relief after my last show when I would drive nearly an hour to rehearsal and an hour back.

The music of this show is extremely catchy. I find myself humming the melodies constantly these days, even little background riffs that we have learned in rehearsals. I can’t imagine someone seeing this show for the first time and realizing just how densely beautiful the score is. I feel privileged to get an inside peek into what makes this music so great.

Oh, and P.S. the first dance rehearsal was great, I can’t wait to get some choreography together. With such fun music, the choreography is definitely doing to be awesome 


Friday, February 19, 2010


A drafty fellowship hall at St. Mark’s. 16 actors, various crew coming and going. The first rehearsal is underway. I’m one of the new people to New Line. I am scanning the room learning about this group of people who I will be working with in the next few months. Some are outgoing, some are seriously perusing the scripts. Others seem to be analyzing the room as I am. My first impressions are strong. An air of excitement, anticipation, perhaps a tinge of uncertainty. I begin to quickly feel comfortable. We move to the piano. OMG, this score is so much fun! I am enthralled by the jazzy chords, syncopation, absurd intervals, tight harmonies. I am likewise impressed with the cast, relieved by their talents as we begin to unravel this challenging music. The creative side of my brain is sweating (in a good way). It’s only begun, I predict much more challenge and enjoyment as we continue to tear up this score.

Currently: full of anticipation


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

And the experience begins...

I was ecstatic when I heard that New Line Theatre was looking for an actor to fill the role of Jackie in The Wild Party. Teaching in an inner-city high school is so rewarding, but the ups and downs of daily work can be tough on the spirit. I find the best therapy is a little musical theatre! After spending my first semester of the school year directing a production of Godspell Jr. at my school, I was looking for my performing fix for this current semester. And I don’t think I could ask for a better production to work on!

I expect The Wild Party to be a fantastic challenge to work on over the next few months. I’m excited to explore the music, the dance, and the story. And I am of course dying to meet the ensemble that is going to be experiencing this all with me... Thursday is the day! I look forward to sharing the joys, the struggles, and the experience!