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I am not sure what it is about Sunnyvale Community Players, but for each of the shows I’ve done there have been super important, maybe even life altering events.

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The first show I had ever done with the Sunnyvale Players was this campy little show called “Little Mary Sunshine.”   It was directed by Ben Canter and it was kind of a free for all.  At least that’s how it seemed to me.  It was fun and funny, but the cast was madness.  The significant thing for that show was that’s where I met my munster! Looking back to those 17 years ago and being in the parking lot of Braley Park after rehearsal with the whole cast leaving just the two of us to meet them at Jakes was so shady, but I am forever thankful that it happened.

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The second show I was lucky enough to take part in was one of my three favorite shows of all time. Jesus Christ Superstar.  Not being a religious person, it was mostly the story and music that made me love this show.  It was also the very first musical that I was exposed to once I was old enough to understand what a musical was.  My best friend at the time had showed it to me one night during  a sleepover and I became obsessed with it.  We would sing the songs when we hung out so it only seemed right to dedicate my performance as Judas to her.  That is for sure, my absolute favorite role to perform.

And now we come to 2013.

Bob Fosse has been a source of inspiration for me for over the past two decades.

My friend, Rachel, used to say, with a roll of the eyes, “he’s only the best choreographer in this life and the next.”

As a man, yeah, he left a little to be desired.  He abused drugs and was a womanizer.  As a creator, he, I believe, was amazing.  He took everything that was a weakness, like his bowed legs and pigeon toes, and created a style! The shows that he’s created have amazing characters that I would one day LOVE to play.

And now I have the chance!

My third show with Sunnyvale is going to be PIPPIN!!  Part 2 of my trio of favorites!!!

Bet you can’t guess who!!!

Rehearsals start in July and I want it to be here NOW!!!

So excited that I cannot even properly express in words.

Revenge of the Sixth!!…

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POWER: After having a wonderful weekend off, I had to get back to the daily grind.  Things have been a roller coaster ride at the nursery.  It’s been insanely busy and some of my tasks have fallen by the wayside as we make the most of the of foot traffic that is in the store.  Just like a ride, my heart was in my throat at the start. I’ve been through hoops, turned upside down and jarred on the “hills” of the track.  The thing that I’ve come to realize is that I am in control of how long the ride goes.  Knowing this has given me a surge of…I don’t know…maybe power.  I now understand that I control the outcome of the ride!  Now the question becomes do I have enough in me to hop on the ride one more time?

 

PASSION:  I’ve gotten this fire lit under my arse all of a sudden.  Ever since last summer I have been trying to hit all the projects that were of interest to me.  I have also tried to get my foot in the door with new theatre companies.    So with new projects popping up, I am feeling like that fire is being fanned and fed.  I may be tired at times and not have a free moment to myself, but I feel more alive than I have in years past.  People always remark “How do you find the time?”  or “I can’t believe you have time to do _________!” or “When do you sleep?!?”  Life is definitely too short, so I will sleep when I’m dead.

 

ORDER: When I am at home, I have begun the process of trashing all the junk that I don’t need. It’s been tough to admit to myself “F*^k it, I am never going to get to that.”  It’s helped me to understand that I cannot do everything and that I need to sometimes just let go.  This process has given me a clearer head and a deeper appreciation for all the wonderful things that are in my life.

I feel like I can easily become a Sith Lord!  Yes, I know that they are “evil” but I say it’s all about perspective.  SO for now I lift my head and let out an “evil’ laugh.

Muahahahahahahaha

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♬♪ In My Life ♩♬♪

Me and Karen!! She's such a  sweetheart.  Photo courtesy of Barbara Heninger.
Me and Karen!! She’s such a sweetheart. Photo courtesy of Barbara Heninger.

I was lucky enough to have the chance to attend a special concert by Diane Milo.

It was called a Celebration of Life and it was dedicated to her late brother.  It was filled with a number of wonderful songs sung by Diane and a few of her friends.  She was accompanied on the piano by Brad Handshy, Karen Adkins, and Bob Sunshine.

There were a few songs that caught my heart and made me a little misty.  The first was called “We Can Be Kind” a beautiful number about how the world can be a better place if we took it upon ourselves to be kind and make an effort to problem solve without violence and hatred.   The other as an original work “What The World Was Meant To Be” by her niece Caroline Milo.  Such a simple song but great message.  See for yourself!

But as I left the venue, I began to think to myself about what loss is.

While I, like everyone else, have suffered loss, none of the people that I’ve lost have been people that I was close to.  When my grandmother and my uncle passed away, I was sad but not to the point of grieving.  I didn’t cry and I didn’t feel anything like what I thought I should.  I guess I just wasn’t close to them.  This then led me to wonder about what I should feel.  What is it?  Pain?  I don’t know.

As I see posts on Facebook about such things, I can totally empathize.  It surprises me that, as I think about it, I can recall being more sad for friends who’ve lost someone than I was for my own family as I’ve explained above. I wonder if I am closer to my friends than I am to family.  Then I also wonder, does that make me a bad person? Again, I don’t know.

In light of the reason for the concert, I was amazed that Diane was able to sing these great songs without getting choked up.  Bravo to her for creating a memorable evening of great songs and reconnecting with some fabulous people.

 

 

 

May The 4th Be With You…

Tho make it a thuper fantathtic day!  (Say it with a lisp.)

Vader COMMANDS IT!!!!

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While some people are gearing up for the liver triathlon that is the Cinco De Mayo weekend, I have other plans.

The first Saturday in May for the  past 12 years has been Free Comic Book Day!  So like last year, I plan to volunteer some time helping my favorite funny book store (Illusive Comics and Games) keep things nice and orderly, be it product or people.  I love free comic book day.  It’s a wonderful day that you get to see nearly all the regulars that pop into the shop in one day.

On the other side of the coin, FCBD is a great way to get new readers into comics whether it be trying out a new title that you may not normally try or for those that have never picked one up before.  It’s always cool when someone comes into the shop for the first time and doesn’t just go for the free stuff but they take time to look around and see all the other cool sh*t that the store has.  For example, there are tons of really REALLY cool games.  Now, mind you, I am not of the game personality persuasion, but there are a few that I love to play.  Two of my favs: a card/dice game called Quarriors and Dungeons and Dragons: Lords of Waterdeep .

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When I try to think back on my younger years with comics (Superman and Detective Comics all from the 7-11) and such, I remember a lot of  Super Friends cartoons and Spiderman and his Amazing Friends.  As a kid, I didn’t really have friends like I have now.  I didn’t have any people that I enjoyed hanging out or (playing) with except for an older girl named Ines.  She was so kind and she talked to me like I wasn’t a kid.  But as far as peers? I pretty much kept to myself.  I would rather listen to the radio or watch MTV.  They used to play real music videos and not the crap that is on now.  Yeah, I got along with everyone, but they weren’t really FRIENDS.  I think that is why the Super Friends and Spiderman cartoons resonated with me.  A core group of people that have similar lives and beliefs? I think I always longed for a group to “belong” to.  In some senses, I sometimes think I still have a part of that insecurity/longing with me.

The thing about comics that I loved and still love is that it allows me to dream…big! I never felt weird for being so different and I never thought I was weird like some of the kids teased.

My hope is that other kids who come to love these artfully (both in writing and image) created books find that it is a wonderful gateway to dream up the impossible.  To wish for superpowers to make the world a better place.  To stand up for doing what is right.

Did you have a comic that you loved as a kid?  Did you come to enjoy the funny books later in life?  What’s your comic book story?

May the 4th be with you, my friends!