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… ♩♩♬

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Can’t wait to dance…

I am super stoked for rehearsals to begin for White Christmas. Only  8 more days.  In order to get inspired and to ready myself for all the hard work that goes into a show, especially one as big as this, I wanted to see some dancing.  Of course I have to start with something Bob Fosse from My Sister Eileen…

And then play you something from what would be a dream role for me!  Enjoy…”Glory” from Pippin starring Ben Vereen

This next one is just plain fun!!! “With You” by William Katt (Or as I like to call it, The Garden Dance) also from Pippin.

If you really want to get inspired, check out a few of the clips I added to the Dance page!!! “Hand to Hand” will melt you!!