As part of the ensemble, I fell into a rhythm with each show, especially because I wasn't terribly rushed between scenes. Costume change here, cross backstage here, chill on the kitchen table (this happened a lot?) here, stand behind the curtain mouthing all the words to that song here, read through lines for another upcoming show (oops) here, steal someone's food here, don't forget my hat here. Oh, and when possible, take pictures backstage. Of course.
Now if you know me at all, you know I simply adore musical theatre. I've wanted to be involved in a musical for such a very long time. And as much as I've loved this experience, you know what? I really can't wait to get back to straight theatre. I feel like that's more my niche. I realized that while musicals will always be dear to me, I love performing straight plays and am totally content with that. Anyway. Besides all the I love theatre and it was so much fun stuff, this show is just...exactly where God had me at this time in life. It was so cool, but I knew it was right where I was supposed to be. God is good, man.
All of our performances were remarkably smooth and there were so many talented people in this cast. 62 of us, baby--and a lot of them kids, so that always kept us on our toes. We had six shows total, and it turns out I knew people at every single performance, which was really really sweet. There's nothing better than seeing familiar faces when standing out with your cast after a show. And it's also fantastic chilling at Bdubs after performances, singing and laughing and staying up much too late.
These are probably the greatest two pictures ever. Oh my word, we laughed so hard. Clara is my buddy.
This is Jocelyn. We decided that if I'm ever in a show where I need a younger version of me, it'll have to be her. (yay being weird with the little ones)
Alex is...special. Oh and then a great little story going on in that collage. Who said the acting has to stop backstage? And then below that, Josh, who I've been in three shows with now (Emma was his first and the rest has been history!)
Oh my word all these selfies are embarrassing. Let's move on. Girls in my dressing room (yay excessive makeup and hairspray...can you hear my sarcasm?), and Graham who won't ever make a normal face in a picture or let me take a candid shot. Thanks bro.
Rehearsals for Wizard of Oz are already happening almost every day now, so I've hardly had time to go through withdrawal, but Music Man was a fantastic experience. Vive le théâtre!