Opening Night on a Friday the 13????

This is gonna be scary/fun/exciting/anxiety-filling!!!!  Yes, all of those things rolled into one big night.

255722-250  IT OPENS TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are a multitude of emotions that are zipping through my head right now and ever since I opened my eyes this morning.

I am excited because we get to see what the show is like with people watching and seeing if everything we’ve done works like we are thinking it will.

I am nervous about making sure I’ve got all my cues and props right.  And all the stairs.

I am happy because, in totality, these cast mates of mine and the show staff are a tremendous group of people.  Their onstage ethic is a joy to be around and their off stage personalities and kindnesses have made this process relatively stress-free.  Relatively because I stress myself out.   But I COULD NOT have asked for a better group of people to be on this journey with.

I am anxious because we all know there’s gonna be judgments.  Ben Vereen was a master at this role and he did a magically amazing job.  I am not Ben, so my interpretation is different, but I know there will be those people…  Hell, I am sometimes one.  Sigh…  There’s nothing I can do about it, so I shall say, let the judging commence.   It does help the our music director worked some magic of his own on the show.  You will have to see it to find out what I mean.

I am grateful to the staff for believing that I can pull this off.

I have been asked to explain this show to TONS of people.  It is such a hard thing to do.  But here’s my take on it.

Pippin is trying to find the ONE thing that will be completely fulfilling.  We all know there is no such thing.  We have to put our best into every opportunity we are given which is what the Leading Player provides.  The only thing you can really find fulfilling is looking back on your accomplishments in your twilight years knowing that you were a good person who helped people and set a good example.  In our current age of “Gimme Instant Fame” we forget this.   Does he learn his lesson?  You will have to come and see.   Get your tickets here:  Sunnyvale Players  I think the majority of the Goldstar tickets are sold.  There may be one or two for later in the run.

Because there is SO much to do today, I have to keep this short.

I honestly hope that you do come out and support local theatre.  See a show, even if it isn’t ours.  Support those people on stages that put their hearts and souls into something that affects people.  You are supporting the oldest form of entertainment, storytelling.  Keep this in mind whichever performance you see this weekend.  And now, I shall be off.  After all…

♪♫ We’ve got magic to do, just for you

As we go along… ♩♩♬

Labor Day Reminds Me I Need to Work More…

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SOOOOoooo… how ya been?  How ya doin’?

August has come and gone and I didn’t even see it fly by.

Today is the first day of September, first time I got to meet with the JCS team, and is going to be the first time the Pippin cast sings with the orchestra.   If it is a sign of things to come for this month, it may be that I spend another month way from writing.  The sad thing is that I have 5 posts that have been started but by the time I sit down to finish them I had forgotten the point I was trying to get across.    Maybe I will still post them just so that way I don’t get into the habit of leaving things undone.  There’s just not enough time in the day!  Gah!

Pippin has been a wild ride of fun, hard work, and happiness.  I have been intimidated by these amazing people.  When they sing, I can only watch in envy.  But envy in a good way.  It makes me want to work harder at getting this music down.  I am sure I have mentioned a million times before that music is the hardest element for me.  I am so thankful that I have the great Aaron Weisberg and Kevin Brownstein helping me with this.  This cast is filled with not only fun and talented people but they are so giving.    The show is all blocked and we have it run-thru ready and we have two weeks before we open.  I am very excited that we are at this point and can only hope that JCS is in such a place when the time comes.

As for Jesus Christ Superstar, we got some things solidified. I got to empty out my brain and talk about my ideas.  I was so nervous and uncomfortable through the whole thing.   I was kind of waiting for people to tell my flat out “no” to some things and no one did! Color me shocked!!  There were definitely some raised eyebrows when I spoke about some of the things.  Along, with those eyebrows, there were some “ooh’s” and to me they sounded like good ones, so I think I am on the right track.

Oh, hahhahaa  “On the Right Track,”   its a Pippin reference!

I am excited to announce that auditions for Jesus Christ Superstar will be held on November 16th and 17th with callbacks on the 18th and 19th.  We (the staff and I) think that having a Saturday and Sunday audition would allow more people the opportunity to attend.  Saturday will be during the early afternoon and on Sunday will be the evening.  Expect email and facebook announcements to be forthcoming.  Those announcements will have more detailed information so keep your eyes peeled for it!

It has been a long first day of September.  Our sitzprobe for Pippin was insane fun. INSANE!  Come out and see the show which opens on Friday the 13th!!! Get your tickets by clicking this link!  Come see the joyful number “No Time At All” and to hear the glorious “Morning Glow.”   Join us for a super fun show!

Don’t forget, JCS auditions in November and Pippin opens on Friday the 13th!  Until next time…