Sunday, September 22, 2013

I Love You All

It's hard to believe that there's only one performances of Steel Magnolias left! I've had such a great time in this fantastic little town. Everyone here is wonderful and I honestly feel like every night I get to grace the stage with the other fabulous 5 women in the cast is a Master class. (Geez that's a mouthful to say.) They are all so different and powerful in their own way. It makes me proud to be counted among them. And the audience here seems to really appreciate the work we are all doing. It's not always glamorous. The audience sometimes gets up in the middle of the show and walks right in front of you to use the bathroom. Sometimes there are people who have been to every performance and say the lines along with you or in most cases, before you can even get to them. But hey, in this "business of show" as Tobias Funke would say, there are all kinds of challenges and you have to rise to the occasion. And I love every single minute of my job. It's going to be hard to leave Great Plains but I know I will leave behind friendships with some awesome people and an experience I will never forget. On to the next
adventure in Philly!

Photos by Doug Nuttleman, Great Plains Theatre 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.

I've been here in Abilene for 5 days now and I'm having an awesome experience already. The women in the cast are RIDICULOUSly amazing and I am so lucky to be sharing the stage with them. Everyone on the creative team is as nice and supportive and talented as I thought they'd be! It sure is a whirlwind to rehearse and mount a show in ten days but every day I feel like I personally am making big strides in getting to where I want to be for the performances. So, good stuff is happening. Yay! I am really enjoying the rehearsal process (even if I'm EXHAUSTED at the end of the day) but I am also excited for when we open and we have free time during the day to explore the city. There seem to be a lot of cool little shops and antique stores around here. I also have some auditions to prep for and a Shakespeare monologue to memorize for one but I can't put the cart before the horse. We open a week from tonight!!

The castle! a.k.a. Great Plains!

This guy was making really good time on his laps. I was impressed.

Statue scared the crap out of me when I walked by. I'm assuming this is Ike Eisenhower.

Downtime at our first rehearsal.

Surprise cake for Jimilee's Birthday!

My chair!