Monthly Archives: April 2007

So I was just watching some video from Big River. …

So I was just watching some video from Big River. I took it this morning at our “dress rehearsal” for the 2nd weekend of performances. I put my camera on a music stand and hoped for the best and I really did get some good clips although the vocals are hard to hear because the music stand is right between the piano, guitar and bass amplifiers and the drums. Which was cool because it gave me an opportunity to hear some of the really nice drum fills my friend, Nathan, has been playing and also the neat stuff my brother Neal has been playing on the guitar.
I am in awe of what Neal does. He’s a full time guitar teacher and he also has a gig as a children’s entertainer with his best friend Ernie. Did I mention he has a wonderful wife (I love her like a sister) and two adorable children? Well if I didn’t mention it, their pictures are plastered all over my blog.
So to get back to awesomeness – My friend Nathan is also someone I am in awe of. He works where I work and he does some pretty technical stuff and yet, he is a totally talented musician and he just loves to play! I really respect that ability to balance creativity and technology.
So that got me thinking about the folks that I’m working with at our community theater. It’s funny because those folks are all super talented – I mean their voices are unbelievable. And their acting skills – they just blow me away! And they’re all so down to earth. I feel pretty comfortable with them.
And most of them also have jobs that are not music or theater related. Some of them are school music teachers but there’s a social worker, a FEMA employee, and office workers, professionals – oh and a retiree. Thank God Albert’s in the cast, or I would be the oldest person in the show!
Albert is a theater professional – he’s been touring companies and on Broadway. He’s really amazing as well. His comedic timing is impeccable and he still has a great voice.
I feel really comfortable with Cathy. We’re often clumped together in scenes and she has a beautiful voice and can dance as well. She’s in the Moorish dance and is a riot. I crack up every time I hear her sing in that scene.
David – too. He’s in the scene and he sings in this great falsetto. As a muleteer, he does some great bits and he has also helped build the set. He cracks me up in that Moorish scene.
Robert is Don Quixote and he is very believable. I really liked his audition – we were all in the audition room together so I saw a lot of the cast when they auditioned. I thought, physically, he should have been taller, but then I remembered when we did LaMancha at the high school, our Quixote wasn’t tall and gaunt. Robert has totally pulled it off. And he’s hysterically funny – he can go from complete silliness to total seriousness in three seconds.
I could go on and on – Mike has the richest baritone I’ve ever heard – Honestly when he speaks, it’s like music. Last night at notes, Dana, our director, said “I believe every word you say, Mike.” And it’s a true compliment. Oh and, of course, Jess – She’s brilliant! She has helped me immensely, both with acting and directing. Just by observing and listening to her, I’ve learned to think a little bit outside the box…
Which leads me to Dana and Deb – our director and music director – sisters, who do an incredible job of herding this disparate group into one cohesive, well-oiled machine!
I’d like to talk a little bit about the other folks, too- I’m sure I’ll add more soon.

Oh – did I mention we got our costumes????


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Wow what a couple of amazing weeks. I feel like al…

Wow what a couple of amazing weeks. I feel like all I’ve been doing is sleeping, exercising, working, rehearsing and playing – oh wait… That’s exactly what I’ve been doing! Oh and a salad here and there…

Of course there was my little brother’s 40th birthday party last weekend and that was a total rockfest. He’s been in a lot of bands and there were representatives from several of them – Skinny Dick and the Wranglers , Ruder Than You, China White, and of course Ernie and Neal . And there were performances by all of them – all unrehearsed and still solid as a rock. Even Dooner and Denise performed.

Neal turning 40 was huge because he is the baby and it makes all of the rest of us feel ancient. I was 15 when he was born and my mom and dad had my younger brother, Rob, and I as godparents. I guess after 6 kids, they had gone as deep as they dared for godparents. There were probably 150 people there – well, our family counts for about 35 people and Denise’s family is another 12 or so. So she rented a hall with a stage and it totally rocked!

Of course we had rehearsal on Sunday so we were a little shaky but all in all, the week passed quickly and the performances have been really well done! The high school kids are amazing – their voices are so strong and they’ve worked hard and it shows in their energy and enthusiasm.

And it’s so amazing to be in the pit when Marky and Neal are playing together!

For me, this week should be a little easier because I only have one rehearsal and that’s Wednesday night. I have Big River at the high school Thursday morning, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and then I’m full on rehearsing for Man of LaMancha the last week in April. MOLM opens May 4.

We’re actually going out to dinner Tuesday night with our friends and, maybe, Dooner will be home a few days.

I will miss a rehearsal for Man Of LaMancha because of a Big River performance tonight. The cast is awesome and their voices are just wonderful. I’m playing guitar in a few scenes and I’ve been reading the music because I don’t have it memorized yet. I’m sure by opening, I’ll be ok but for right now, I’ll just be nervous.

And it looks like plans for moving are up in the air again… which is fine with me. I guess we’re going to try to ride the summer out and see what shakes out with Shelden’s company. It is a lot of ups and downs to deal with, but I’m not alone in the dealing and it’s gotta be rough on Shelden because his future is totally messed up!

I’m thankful that I have these shows to keep my mind off of the decision making and stuff. I guess we’ll spend the summer having yard sales and emptying the basement and attic. But for now – I’ll have fun!

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I Love Blog Quizzes Your Inner European is Ital…

I Love Blog Quizzes

Your Inner European is Italian!

Passionate and colorful.
You show the world what culture really is.

In 1952 (the year you were born)

Harry Truman is president of the US

Elizabeth II becomes Queen of England after the death of her father, George VI
First explosion of a hydrogen device takes place at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific
Christine Jorgensen becomes the first medically and legally certified transsexual
US troops complete their pull-out from Japan
Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President of the US
Sister Theresa becomes Mother Theresa and begins her charity work in Calcutta
Rick James, Douglas Adams, and Liam Neeson are born
New York Yankees win the World Series
Detroit Lions win the NFL championship
Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is published

Your Career Personality: Original, Devoted, and Service Oriented

Your Ideal Careers:

Art director
Book editor
College professor
Film director
Graphic designer
Stage actor

You Are 100% Happy

It’s unlikely that you know anyone happier than you.

You know how to be happy, no matter what life throws at you.

You Are a Chocolate Chip Cookie

Traditional and conservative, most people find you comforting.

You’re friendly and easy to get to know. This makes you very popular – without even trying!

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