Posts Tagged ‘Ronnie Misra’

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So far everything that I have read for the Chinese Zodiac Dragon and for the astrological sign of Cancer have been about 85% positive! There are some things to heed during the later part of the year, but isn’t that always the case?

I am truly looking forward to the upcoming year, but you can’t look forward without looking back.

Thank you to the many, many people that helped to make 2014 so incredible.

First, thank you to the amazing cast and fellow staff for Jesus Christ Superstar!!  You were so wonderful to work for.  You thought me so much about myself and what I still need to learn.  You were fun and I loved watching you shine on stage.

Thank you to my WVLOMT family that always makes me feel welcome whether it is as a staff or cast member.

Thank you to Bill Starr.  You are such a great person to work with.  I adore you and thank you for all of your encouragement, advice, and friendship.  Thank you for the opportunity to bring your vision of Bobby Child to life.

Thank you to the cast and staff of Crazy for You! When I felt like it was too much for me, watching you all work so hard made me dig deeper because I didn’t want to let you down.  I hope to work with all of you again and again and again.

Thank you to Jen Maggio and Myra Diamond for allowing me to be a part of A Chorus Line even though I missed auditions. It was another fantastic experience working for both of you.

Thank you to the cast of A Chorus Line! You are such beautiful wonderful souls and I was very lucky to share the stage with you.  I am so glad no one actually got a case of the sexy ebola.

Thank you to James Kopp and the cast of Super Villain! I have never laughed so hard during the process of putting a show on its feet.  It was a joy to get to do another play.  I hope I get to do more.  Like James is always saying, “I ain’t in my 20’s anymore.”  To you young’uns like, Haley and Gaby, thank you for always pretending I am! hahahahahaha!!

Special Thank You’s to Aaron Weisberg, Kevin Brownstein, Valerie Valenzuela-Misra, Ronnie Misra, Judy Steinle, Mike Brothers, Andrea Furtado, Michelle Elrick, Ms. Rhona McFayden, David Lamcke, Amanda Vogel, Emily Goes, Gabby Au, Susanna Wagner, Elizabeth Lawrence, Nancy Kwong, Cameron Kwong, Riley Kwong, Emily Pye  Christine Ormseth, Amy Root, Samantha Carson, and Tammy Mackenzie.  You have all offered help and support throughout the year and it meant the world to me.  There’s no particular order, so don’t read into it. LOL!

Most importantly, Thank you to my munster and my BFF’s (the T.P.B. and J.S.)  for never making me feel worse that I never had time to hang out.  You are the other half of my life that keeps me going.  So much of my heart belongs to you all for keeping me sane and grounded and well rounded. Without you fabulous people, I would be lost. I love you.

So 2015, bring on Life! I have my arms open ready to hug the hell out of you.  I am excited for what’s to come.  I don’t make resolutions.  I feel like when I need to change something about myself, I don’t need to wait til the beginning of a new year.  I just want to continue carrying on like I have the past three years.  Theatre and friends! That is all I need.

May you all have SAFE and fun and wonderful New Year celebrations.

For the world, I shall still wish for peace and coexistence. It is the same wish every year. I will still hope that mankind will finally open its eyes and hearts to one another.

I wish you everything you want in 2015.

Now let’s go get it!

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So day 2 of rehearsals has come to a close.

Day 1 was orientation.  We got the welcome speeches from the designers and producer and director, then just jumped right in to vocal work on “Secretary Is Not A Toy.”  Our vocal director, Ms. Carolyn Lamcke, I think is a HOOT!! She is very straight forward but not in a mean way.  But like they say, the truth hurts.  Like, when she said she couldn’t understand what I was saying.  No big, I have been getting sloppy wif muh werds.  I think its from not being in a show in almost a year.  So, getting back to our music director, I love that when we get things right she claps her hands together and shrugs her shoulders and says “Hot Stuff!”  I can’t help but to giggle every time.

Today, when we were getting ready to move on to another song “Been A Long Day,” she called it “Dong Day.”  So then little innocent (at least I thought he was all innocent) Ronnie Misra began to describe a musical number, under his breath to the tenor section, featuring a certain “tool” if you will, and I thought I was going to stop the rehearsal because I almost couldn’t contain my quiet giggle.  I was terrified that I would burst into my witch’s cackle!  I was wiping my eyes by the time, we decided that we would have one of those inflatable wavy peopley thingys that are at car washes and stuff.  Of course, they would be a little different than the car wash ones.  I say we, because we began throwing in ideas while the bass section was going over their parts.

We worked through 2 new songs and reviewed “Secretary” just for kicks and still got to leave an hour early.   I tells ya, Carolyn is a card!  Oh and then she told us this story of her pet turtle.  Funny but sad.  It was so out of sync with the rehearsal, but I think she used it to trick us into forgetting about what we just worked on so when she brought us back into the music, we could concentrate and hit the accents and consonants the way she wanted us to.  I don’t know how to explain this technique any better.  When you learn something, it takes a few minutes for the brain to process and break it down and then you are good to go.  I think the story gave us time to break it down, because when we sang it again, I thought we sounded really good.  And I am super judgey.  My friend Tom likes to call me Judgey McJugderson.

Tomorrow is blocking with our fabulous director Meg Fisher, so I am excited to get the ball rolling on that.  Pictures are coming.

Now as for my interesting proposition:  Ms. Samantha Stidham, who you may remember from Episode 5 of the podcast said “You know, I want to interview you for TheActorvist Podcast.”  Say what?  I think it would be so cool to have a guest on the show every now and again that is doing something other than allowing me to pry into their lives and stuff.  So I am toying with the idea.  I love her to pieces so I think it’ll be fun.

For now, it’s dream time.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Now that a few days have passed from the high of Opening Night, I become a ball of nerves once again.  Most people think that once a show has begun performances, the hardest part of the process is over.  To me, I think that this line of thinking is a dangerous trap to fall into.  Especially when you have 4 days off in a row.  This is when complacency tends to sneak in.  Complacency because Opening Weekend went so incredibly well. So now, some people could convince themselves that it’s unnecessary to put any energy or thought into the show.  This is when you forget to think about the show, because you have new things to do and think about during the time that you would have been rehearsing.  Some people have significant others to cuddle with during the evening instead of pouring over their scripts or thinking about dance steps.  Personally, I try and figure out what I can do differently, better, but differently.  I tend to dwell on any oddity that happened to me or that I created during the show, and how I can fix it or make it work.  Because of this, I love to have brush up rehearsals so that the first show you return to is just as good as when you left the weekend before.

Well there’s another reason too.

So far this show has sold pretty well, but I really really want West Valley Light Opera to have a HIT!  A big fucking smash hit show.  Sorry for the expletive, but I feel that it was the only word that could emphasize it the way I meant it.

The super-finale is actually more fun than I thought it was going to be because of all the snow. It starts with hearing a room full of people singing a Berlin classic, and then it tears into a frolicking snowy good time and everyone looks so happy!  I love looking out into the audience and seeing the people smiling, or nodding their heads in time to the music or best of all singing along.    That happened on Sunday’s performance.  I saw a bright and cheery lady singing along with me during “Best Things Happen When Your Dancing.”  She was sitting in the third row and just looked like she was having the best time ever and that’s only the fifth song of the show, and there are nearly 20 of them!  To top that off, there was a lady in blue right in the front row that was beaming the biggest smile during “I Love a Piano” when the Duncan Sisters were singing their part.  I know that the possibility for having that hit exists with this production, but I worry that one bad performance could jeopardize that chance.

This Friday’s show isn’t selling the way I hoped that it would, but there are $20 tickets available.  Maybe that will help.  I hope that people who have come to see the show, get the word out that it is a good show.  I do have to say thanks to my BFF over at NotBlueAtAll, for the incredibly kind words and for attending Opening Night. Also, a big thanks to Ronnie Misra for all of his amazing support.

If any of you have seen the show, please leave a review, especially if you loved the show, at Artsopolis. Like Ronnie did!

I love working with this company and I worry about it sometimes.   They are one of the few companies that take chances on their casting and don’t constantly cast the same handful of people for their shows.  Another company that takes chances is Sunnyvale Community Players, and I applaud them for that.  But, they are getting back on track, so they don’t need as much help.  When I began to make the rounds in the area for auditions WVLO was one of the first to give me opportunities and to this day continues to do so.  Needless to say, I feel like I owe them in return because they have always welcomed me with open arms.  I am keeping my fingers crossed  that there are 13 more full houses for this run.  Please cross your fingers with me.

_Episode 7

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I chat with Ronnie Misra from WVLO’s “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”, an update on “Breaking Up” and my current project “Shakespeare 3 Ways” also my pick for Best Winner of a Musical at tonight’s Tony Awards! Let’s see if I am right.

For show notes click HERE.

Here is the cast list for West Valley Light Opera’s production of Breaking Up is Hard To Do:

ROLE: CAST
Marge: Samantha Stidham  (Woo Hoo!)
Lois: Breigh Zack
Esther: Charlotte Jacobs
Gabe: Ronnie Misra
Del: Nes Fregoso
Harvey: Mark Drumm

The quartet will be announced at a later date.

I’ll be very curious to see who the quartet will be.  It should be announced soon as they start rehearsals next week.