Thursday, September 14, 2006

Back From The Dead

It's been a month and a half since my last update. That's some kind of record. Where have I been? Hillsboro, Indiana.

August was all about Fiddler on the Roof. We opened on August 11 and ran for the following four weekends, with a matinee and weekday evening show thrown in here and there. The show was excellent. Everything came together, everyone got along well, and every performance was superb. (Well, all except the last two for me, when I was battling a nasty stomach virus. Let's just say by the end of each show I was extremely dehydrated.) I would venture to say it's the best show I've ever been a part of. I was very proud of it and sad to see it end.

Lebanon Follies rehearsals have begun, and I was looking forward to doing a show on a relaxed schedule. I thought having rehearsals only on Sunday would be a good thing. After all, I've done three shows back to back since March and it was time for a break.

That's what I thought, anyway.

I got a call Tuesday afternoon from Hillsboro with an urgent request. They needed an actor immediately for their latest show and wanted to know if I would do it. And, oh yeah, the show opens Friday. Can I do it? After taking a few hours to think it over, I said I would so long as they brought in another guy from Fiddler to share the part. (I didn't want to burn through my weekends and vacation time for it.) They did, so I agreed. And all this week I've been learning a show. It's been pretty exhausting. I don't even know if I have all my costumes yet and we open tomorrow afternoon. I finally have all the dialogue memorized. The music? That's another story. I have two solo songs that I've barely looked at due to time constraints. Worse comes to worst, we'll cut the songs this weekend to give me more time to learn them. I really wouldn't mind.

I have a schedule for when I'll be performing this one, but I am going to wait to post it. Some of the info on Fiddler was wrong and I want to make sure everything is correct before I begin to promote my latest venture.

Oh, yeah, the show's called I Owe It All To Agatha Christie and is basically a parody of Ten Little Indians. Pretty appropriate, seeing as how I just did that show a few months ago.

Speaking of Indians, the Encore Award nominations were announced this week and our show was pretty much ignored. We received three noms: two for acting (the actors playing the judge and the spinster religious lady) and one for our set. I did not personally expect to be nominated, so I wasn't upset by that. However, I felt some of our actors were deserving, especially Emily and Jonathan, our two leads. How they were passed over baffles me.

And that's about it. A lot of late nights, a lot of singing, a lot of laughing, and a whole heck of a lot of not blogging. I promise not to go another 45 days between updates, unless this latest show bogs me down. And if that's the case you owe my lack of writing to Agatha Christie.