What Would I Do Today IF I Had the Opportunity?

There have been many times in my life that I wondered if I was ‘born’ at the wrong time.  It usually hits me during a ‘oh woah is me’ time in my spirits….. or when watching an old movie and wishing I could have done that.  And it hits me during modern times for the same reasons.

I love to perform.  Always have.  My Mom said I would live my life through my Barbie doll when I was little.  I acted out everything with her…. including being on the stage.  Luckily, I’ve had many opportunities to perform over the years.  I really have been blessed!  But I guess, at times, I’ve kind of had ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’ as far as my experiences have gone.

When I watched older movies in that ‘mood’ I just described, I would sometimes literally ‘cry’….. why wasn’t I born back then so I could have gone to Hollywood when all those wonderful movie musicals were being made?   I would have loved to do that!  Now, would I have been lucky enough to actually been cast in anything????  I have no idea!  But a girl can dream, can’t she?

Even though I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful opportunities and blessed with fairly decent talent…. I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to be there ‘back then’.

 what-would-i-doIt occurred to me the other day, that I have felt that way many times with today’s younger generations current opportunities.  Where were those awesome current musicals when I was young enough to play those Ingenue parts?  I’m SO jealous of these young kids getting to play such amazing roles!  Though there are some great roles for older women, they are few and far between and the competition to get those parts is huge!  I’ve been lucky enough to land a couple, but not all that I would like to.

Then there is the non-musical theater singing that I love to do.  Another thing that I’ve done for years.  I see all these soloist and groups finding a way to gain an audience and a fan base via the internet.  Again….. where was that when I was younger and was maybe motivated enough to promote myself that way?  Maybe I shouldn’t attach it to age….. but I think I’d have a much harder time gaining a fan base today at my age than the younger crowd does.

I think You Tube and other methods of promoting your talents is a pretty awesome tool.  It still takes money to make a decent video though.  It’s helpful if you have the backing and/or funds to do it.  Also…. some creative producer can make a huge difference.

I guess the thought that really occurred to me was would I do today if I were that young again?  I’m sure I’d have the desire to…. but would I have had the confidence to promote myself?  I don’t really know the answer to that, and I’m not sure I ever will.  I guess my mission in life was not becoming a You Tube or Hollywood star.  But that’s OK.  I’ve had a great life and can still enjoy my music without ever becoming an icon.   The best part is that I have been blessed with talents and I have been lucky enough to be able to share them with others.  And for that….. I am grateful!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

Auditions

I’m not a big fan of auditions.  They can be vey nerve racking at times.  But it’s a process that has to be done when you want to be in a show!

One of the best parts of auditioning, however, is seeing theater friends that you’ve worked with or just know being in the theater world.  It’s like a reunion of sorts.

The bad thing about auditions is that you end up competing against your friends for the same part!  And it doesn’t always turn out the way you’d like for both of you.

Auditions are always a chance to grow.  To sharpen your skills or realize what you need to work on to improve.  It’s something I try to do with a good attitude.  I’ve certainly had disappointing results from auditions before …… And I’ve been upset about it too.  But I usually get over it in a day or two.  Auditioning is a time when our egos can really get the best of us.  We have our own ideas in our head of what the role should played like or look like and sometimes our vision isn’t what the director sees or wants.  That’s always the catch!

I was up against some talented ladies tonight for the same role.  Unfortunately, we all won’t get cast and it’s not a show where there are many other parts we could play….  but that’s the name of the game!  At least this is a theater that double casts so at least two of us will get the chance to play the part we auditioned for.

I’m always grateful for the process of auditions, even though I don’t necessarily look forward to the ‘being nervous’ part.  I’m grateful for the challenge and for being reminded at how many talented people there are out there!  It would be fun to be cast, but if I’m not…. I wish my friends well who do get it!

Even though we had to hang around till the very end tonight……  it was great fun visiting and we gave them a killer ending to their evening!  Way to go ladies!

I am Grateful!  How are You?

 

My Theater Peeps

One of the most rewarding things about being in a live theater show is the friends you make!!  I’ve been blessed to make many of them over the years.

It never ceases to amaze me how close I can get to some of them during the run of the show with the intention of staying in touch….. but we don’t….. and then several years later seeing them somewhere and saying “How do I know you?”  I HATE that!  But, unfortunately it happens!  At least to me!

That’s one reason why I’ve been grateful for Facebook….. it keeps me in touch with those people so I don’t forget who they are!!  Maybe you don’t have that problem…. not remembering someone you didn’t think you’d ever forget….  maybe it’s just cause I’m getting older…. I don’t know!  But I’m glad FB can keep me in touch with so many of them now!

Today…. I got to stay in touch with a few theater friends over lunch!  Yeah!  Those are the best kinds of ‘staying in touch’ moments!  This crowd was a few of my BINGO peeps.  Yep…. BINGO!  No…. I don’t frequent a Bingo hall….. though it might be kind of fun to do sometime…. The show is called BINGO the Musical and yes…. you guessed it!  It’s about BINGO!  It’s a funny show with some really fun music, eccentric characters and a chance to just have fun!

Just a few members of the BINGO cast..... Me, Camille, Erica and Loria

Of course….. I’m not being biased at all….. but we had a darn good cast!  And it was directed by one of my all time favorite directors, Jim Christian, who joined us for lunch today!  The only draw back doing that show is that we didn’t have very big audiences!  Of course, the auditorium is huge at the Grand Theater… so it’s hard to fill all the seats…. but I think because the show wasn’t a well known show, it didn’t draw the crowds that other well known shows might.  All I can say to that is…. You missed out!  The crowds we did have were great and loved the show!

It was great today to sit and visit and catch up a little, laugh a little and of course have great food to boot!  There really is something special and unique about theater people.  We usually aren’t very inhibited, which makes us pretty darn fun to be around!  Of course…. there maybe some very refined people who would disagree….. but then…. do they really even know how to have fun? <grin>

I’m grateful I could spend time with a few theater friends today.   Thanks, Erica, Loria and Jim (we missed the rest of you!)  I’m grateful for the friendships I have formed over the years doing theater!  They really are great people.  And….. if by chance you see me one day and you’ve done a show with me in the past and I don’t remember you…… Please forgive me!  Just remember I’m probably older than you and just remind me of our connection and let’s get reacquainted again!

I am Grateful!  How are You?

Oh… But it WAS Loverly!

“I could have danced all night….. I could have danced all night…. and still have begged for more!”   Ah yes….. I could have listened and watched and enjoyed all night… but the show must come to an end sometime!

I finally got to see My Fair Lady at Hale Theater tonight.  I was waiting for a night when a couple of special girls I adore would both be on the stage at the same time since they are in different casts, and tonight was the night it worked out.  Here’s my thoughts on the show:  Delightful…  Loverly…  Magnificent!

I’ve always been a fan of Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady.  I fantasized as a kid being in that show.  It just never worked out for me to be a part of a production of it.  Now…. I get to live my fantasies by watching other people I adore play those parts!  And they were magnificent.  Better than I would have been, I’m sure.

Perhaps part of the charm in the story line is the fact that it’s kind of a Cinderella story.  The rags to riches story.  But, have you ever wondered what really would have become of Eliza if she had been left to fend for herself?  She’s a spirited and strong character and she probably would have been fine just as she says in the song:  “Without You!”  But then, where would the fantasy fairy tale ending have been?

As usual, Hale does a fabulous job putting a show together.  I was so proud of so many of my friends tonight.  Mark, Deb, Kelly, David, Ali and many more!  If there’s one show I’ve always wanted to be a part of, if for no other reason than the costumes…. My Fair Lady is it.  I would have loved to have been a part of the beautifully costumed Ascot Gavotte number.  Love that black and white theme!  The costumes were wonderful!  Just let me prance around in one of those costumes with my nose in the air like an aristocrat for just a few minutes…  Pretty please?

Well done cast.  It truly was loverly!  Thanks for giving me another wonderful night of losing myself in the moment.  I’m always grateful for those moments of live theater when I get caught up in the story and the character portrayals and am taken far away for a few minutes!  Particularly when it’s done by people I adore!

I am Grateful!  How are You?

 

 

The Drowsy Chaperone

I have to comment on this show.  It’s one of my all time new favorites!  I took the opportunity to see it this afternoon at Hale Theater in Orem.

The first time I heard about this show was the year it came out on Broadway.  My son Jon and his girlfriend Ali were in New York and saw it there.  They came home and ranted and raved about how wonderful and funny it was.  When I heard that Hale Theater in West Valley was doing it last Summer….  I wanted to audition since I had become familiar with the music and had fallen in love with it.  Though I didn’t get to be in the show last Summer at HCTWV….. I saw it several times.  It was so good!

I was lucky enough to catch one of the last two performances at HCTO today.  A few of the same cast members that did it last Summer were in it again today.  I’m not gonna lie….. I wanted to see Darick Pead play Aldopho again…  He’s brilliant in the role!  And Marcie is wonderful as the Chaperone.  I envy you girl!

I have to say…. that even though HCTO is a much smaller place than HCTWV…. I was very impressed with how they pulled it off.  It didn’t have a lot of the neat technical stuff from last years show….. but they did very well with it.  The performances were very well done.  Keep in mind that it was the same Director that did both shows…. so he had to make adaptions to the smaller space…. and he did it very well.  I thought the building of the ‘airplane’ out of prop pieces was a very clever idea!  It worked very well!

Kudos to the cast of HCTO!  Kudos to the Director and the staff.  I’m always amazed at how well they use that tiny space!  I would hope that someday they can build the larger theater they were hoping to build before the economy went South!

I’m sorry if you locals didn’t catch it.  If you’ve never seen it…. you can try again next March when Centerpoint Legacy Theater in Centerville does it.  I hope to be a part of it then!  We’ll see what time brings!

Thanks for giving me a great few hours today HCTO Drowsy cast!  Best to each of you on your next project!  I love theater!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Being in a show

You know one of the things I love about being in a theater show?  I love the chance to be somebody else!  I was always pretty darn good at playing make believe as a kid…. and that’s pretty much what you do when you are in a theatrical show.   I’ve always thought I did a pretty good job of portraying most characters…. Some people may disagree with that and that’s ok!  I enjoy doing it anyway!

I think it’s fun to analyze a character and dig deeper into what their life is or was like outside of the story line.  What might have made them who they are, etc.  Sometimes it can make you think of things a little differently.  Of course, some characters are all just ‘fluff’ without much to them….  but others… you can really delve into who they are.

The thing I hate about being in a show is the auditioning process.  I’ve actually heard of people that love that part….but it’s not my favorite part.  Especially when you always seem to be ‘competing’ with the same people every time!    Sometimes the directors don’t see you as the part you want or you are not what they envision the part to be….. even though you could play it well….  but that’s another topic that I won’t get into here!

The crazy women in Lucky Stiff... part of the show is about dogs, hence the panting pose!

My very favorite type of role to play is the character role.  The one with the personality, you know?  The funny or brassy one.  I like those best.  Probably one of my all time favorite character roles I’ve played is Rita LaPorter in LUCKY STIFF.  One of the funnest shows I’ve ever been in!!  And hilarious!  I have lots of other character roles that I’ve enjoyed too.

Though character rolls are my favorite…. I still like ingenue or dramatic rolls too.  One of my dream roles in that category is to play Marmee in LITTLE WOMEN, the Musical.  Love that show… and the music and would like to play that part…… soon….. before I’m too old to pull it off…..  (Anyone out there listening that wants to produce that show for me?????????)  Ahem….  anyway…..

Life on the stage in any kind of a role is always fun.  And I love the friends I make in that arena.  Fun people.  Crazy, some of them…. but fun!  Life is never dull when you are around uninhibited people!  Of course…. it’s true what they say…. you kind of get addicted to that ‘applause’ and it keeps you coming back!

I’ve been very blessed to have had some great opportunities in theater.  But for the record… in case you didn’t know…. I don’t always get the parts I want!  (Big surprise!)  Most of us in theater can relate to that one!  But still, I’m grateful for the ones I’ve had and hope to be able to have more opportunites in the future!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Classic Tales

In this case…. of Two Cities…!  What a beautiful show and done so superbly by the cast and the director!  I have to confess…. I’ve never read the Dickens classic…. though some of the famous lines definitely were familiar to me.  Thouroughly enjoyed the experience at Hale Theater today.

I am always amazed at how an author can take a classic book and put it on stage (and even with music)…. and tell the tale in such a beautiful way.  I’m sure for all you die hard fans that have read the book….. you will find things missing from the story…. as is the case with most interpretations.   It’s never quite the same.  Some adaptions will find certain parts of the story more important than others.  Take Pride and Prejudice as an example.  How many different versions of that story are out there on film?  And yet…. none of them have quite the same take on the story…. but the general story is told.  Another example is Phantom of the Opera.  I suppose the liberty in how the story is told comes in how old the material is…. if it has become public domain, then the adaption can take a few more liberties.   Having not read “Tale of Two Cities”… I can’t really comment on whether liberties were taken in telling the story I saw today or not… but what I saw was a beautiful and moving story.  So many wonderful messages to be taken from the characters.  Meaningful messages.  Which I suppose was Dickens whole point in writing it.  It actually made me want to read the book.  Of course…. I said the same thing after I saw Les Miserable and never read it either….  but I loved the show and the message!

I’m grateful for the beautiful job done by the cast members of TOTC at Hale Theater.  Grateful to them for telling me a story I had never read in such a moving way.  Thanks guys!

I am Grateful!  How are you?