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.
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.
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.