Some theater experiences (And just a note: when I say "theater" I pronounce it very theatrically and in an English accent -- Thee -a- tah) I have had in the past 7 years:
Cats was my first show ever. I knew it was a big dance show and I was encouraged by the audition call that said "need singers; need dancers, you don't necessarily have to do both." I certainly did not want to sing. I remember being SO nervous for the audition. They ended up making me sing...Happy Birthday.
That's me in the blue. I LOVED everything about the make-up. So fun. I love the transformations of theater.
Thru Cats, I met some fabulous ladies who have become some of my closest friends. Two of them convinced me that I needed to do 80's prom. No singing here. Totally an improv show with LOTS of crowd interaction. I had a blast playing a very ditzy, clutzy cheerleader.
I saw a production of Cabaret at UW-Eau Claire and was completely moved by it. You can read the journaling about why I did this show if you want. It was a trying time in my life. Doing this show pushed me creatively as an actor, but also helped me realize a lot about myself, my values, and what I stand for. It made me realize who my true supporters were. I received a lot of judgement from doing this show...from people who made no effort to discuss with me why I was doing the show.
There is a missing show here. I played the Ghost of Christmas Past in a production of a Christmas Carol.
I wore a pretty dress; it lit up. I climbed a ladder to magically appear in Scrooge's bedroom. We "floated" down on a lift. It was pretty flippin' cool.
I played opposite one of the best actors in the Chippewa Valley. His Name is Ron. Amazing as Scrooge. I can't speak highly enough of him.
It was Ron who directed Chicago. I was HONORED to be a choreographer for this show. I wish you could have seen it. AH-MAZ-ING. If you know this show...one of the dances I got to choreograph the Cell Block Tango. Not gonna lie, it was hot.
This was the show that I roped Mike into doing with me. Because of that, it is by far my favorite show that I have been involved in. We got to partner up in Cell Block. He was my Bernie. I got to kick his arse for snapping his gum. If you don't get it...watch this: Cell Block
So...when I got a call from my good friend Tessa saying she was working with Ron and asking if I would do choreography for Gypsy. There was no way I could say no. I didn't know this show at all. Our first production meeting as Ron and Tessa showed me videos and shared their ideas, I was excited for the project...to choreograph.
Then, somehow...this happened:
I'll share more tomorrow.