Hello Gentle Reader!
So far, I’ve “caught” him every show! LOL!
Let’s talk about CMIYC. 🎭
This has been a great experience overall. I know that wasn’t what you were expecting me to say. Yes, it did have its struggles like all rehearsals do and I will get into that in just a sec.
This has been so much fun to play Carl Hanratty. 😜 I have begun to love the end of this show so much. “Goodbye” is such a great song to tie the two men’s lives together. This begins with Agents Cod and Branton mocking the hotel room mess left by Frank Jr. as Hanratty’s. Then, the realization that it could be true is in “Man Inside the Clues.” 😱
The great thing about Carl, though, is that he has this arc in the show where he goes from strictly seeing right or wrong to having some doubts about whether things are as simple as that.
Dear Reader, do you recall last year when I spoke of having a hard time with the rehearsal process of Lend Me A Tenor because I wasn’t understanding what was being asked of me. 💀 I wasn’t asking the right questions to get what I needed so in the end, I just had to let it all go and focus on the mechanics. And that helped. But I learned that I needed to work on MY communication. In this process, I would hit points where I wasn’t understanding how A and B connected, but knowing what I knew now, I was able get what I needed to give the director what she was asking for. That experience itself ended up not only being super fun but it was one of the greatest lessons I learned.💖 I will be forever grateful that I was a part of it.
The one area that freaked me out the most was that they respected our time a little too much, I felt. 😳LOL! 😂I had almost two weeks off in the middle while they worked on other scenes I wasn’t needed for. It was cool and all, but when it came to putting all together, I was in panic mode trying to make sure that I was synced up with everyone in the scenes we had together. However, in the end, through all the stress and panic, the show quickly smoothed itself out and the nitpicking got to happen almost right away when it came to full run-throughs.
The time moved so fast that our first time on the set through to Opening Night felt like a blur. It is incredible to think that this show is already nearing the end of its run. It also makes me a little sad to think about. I have had such a great time working with these folks that I know I will be bawling in my dressing room while Rachelle Abbey sings the hell out of “Fly, Fly Away” on closing night. 🎶
Gentle Reader, this has unexpectedly become a favorite role in my list of credits for sure. Have you ever had an activity or event that you weren’t certain about that ended up being one of the best things you’ve ever done? What made you nervous about it? How did you handle it? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time, Dear Reader, have a wonderful day!