Untwisting My “Knickers”…

Last night, after a super great run, with comments from the audience like “I haven’t laughed that hard in this place in a really long time,” Nana’s Naughty Knickers finally closed up shop.  We were so fortunate to have such great houses for nearly the entire run for which we are so very grateful.

Now while this is November, don’t get the wrong idea that I am going to spout off about how you should take next Thursday to say why you are grateful and what you are grateful for.  No.  I think you should do this every single freakin’ day!  Acknowledge that you are happy for the people and experiences in your life and you will be a happier person..but I am off topic…

Getting back to my first love, acting, has really made me so happy!  So much so that I felt like I could do anything.  HA! Don’t get me wrong, I loved being  in “Knickers” while I am rehearsing for “Promises” and writing that silly little novel and volunteering as an assistant to my dance teacher for preschoolers, but I find that I can’t REALLY devote time to develop these things as fully as I would like to because I have all the other things in life to do still.

So while I am struggling to find that balance of “being responsible” and leading the creative life that I would love to have, I really have my plate super full this month.

Since  I haven’t posted anything on the site in a while I figured I should at least acknowledge the closing of this funny little gem and the wonderful incredible people that I’ve met or reconnected with.

I had some side splitting moments almost every performance outside the stage door with Fiddy during the show and we couldn’t really laugh out loud like we needed to because the audience was just around the corner! I got to chat with Jackie before each show to find out that this quiet young lady is not only a sweetheart but a hardworking student as well.  Then there’s Mary who was a card! Almost always unexpected and often times hilarious, she had these little stories that she would share before shows.  I really didn’t get the chance to begin talking to Sara until the show’s tech week because one of us was either on stage or not at rehearsal.  I am still not sure if I am even pronouncing her name right. She is so nice but can be so evilly funny at the same time. I love it!  I don’t think I have met anyone like Marian.  She has such a presence even when not saying a word.  She is just so nice and upbeat I find her to be so inspiring. Then finally there’s Ms. Mandy.  She had such a hard role to fill.  Not only are her lines almost repetitive, but they are constantly getting cut off so she had to be on her toes if people didn’t come in for cues right away!  Her improv skills are INSANE!!!  Most of the funny lines in the show weren’t even in the script.  They were improvised one night and ended up staying in.

The other half of the “improv duo” is Estelle who I met one or two years ago.  We worked on a trio of plays and of course hers was the one that I had nothing to do in, so we didn’t really get to “work” together until this.  I think I must have told her every night how happy I was to be on this project with her.  I just hope that I get to have even a third of the theatre experiences that she’s had! I was so happy when I walked into the first read thru to see that Stephen was in the show!! We hadn’t been on the same stage since we did “Funny Thing…Forum.” He is always one of the cool kids to perform with!

Special thank you’s to Gary and George let me come to the company and play with this fabulous group of people!  Our stage manager Michael, who thinks I have a problem with the bottle, was always ready to lend a hand and keep the cast happy.  My hat is off to you sir!

Finally thank you to the incredible audiences that came and laughed at us for a few hours a night.  It’s good to get out from “real life” and forget things for a bit.  We are so glad you joined us!

To my friends and family who came I am especially grateful that you took the time out of your lives to share it with me and my new friends.  I love you guys!

And now it’s on to the next!  With auditions coming up next weekend…

When will I ever learn?!

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