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Well, I guess my  “vacation” is ovah!!

Almost a month ago, I put it out there that I would love to live a more creative life.

My first step was accepting the first opportunity with an open heart and to commit to learning from that opportunity.

So, I attended a small seminar that was mainly to learn about a new way of thinking and breaking through personal subconscious barriers.  The four columns that uphold this new line of thinking are quantum physics, Eastern philosophies, neuroscience and a trick or two from theatre.  I am a science nerd at heart and love this sort of stuff, so if it helps with what it says it does, then great! But even if it doesn’t, I would still love to find out what these people are teaching and how these four methods are combined.  There were some interesting stories that were told. My fave was about the natural mind versus the acquired mind.   The natural mind is the “empty” brain that we have when we are born.  The acquired mind is what we have stored in the brain through experience.  They say that the majority of everything you know is learned by the time you are 7 or so.  The hostess spoke of turning down more money when it was offered to her.  The theory is that she had learned that she was only worth so much and wouldn’t know how to handle this new responsibility.  Coincidentally, her sister was also offered a crazy good promotion and turned down the offer as well.  When they finally talked about it, it turned out that both offers were much more than what their mother had made as a nurse when they were growing up.    The seminar hostess made sure to tell us that both offers were made in different places and times and they hadn’t discussed it with one another at all, AND that they both talked themselves out of taking the opportunity.  So the question is: is this somehow a subconscious betrayal that they’ve learned as children and did it truly affect their decision?  I am so incredibly excited to be able to attend this 3day workshop at the end of the month!! What will I learn about myself that I’ve supressed?   Ugh, in some ways, I don’t really want to know.

So that has become opportunity one.

Opportunity dos came in a Facebook message from the gorgeous Jillian Toby-Cummings asking if I would be interested in working on Aladdin Jr. for Theatre in the Mountains.  At first, the thought terrified me.  Then I thought about the seminar, so with a big inhale, I replied back saying I would be happy to do it. For a while I didn’t hear anything so I thought maybe it wasn’t going to happen.  But then, I got more emails, and soon availability was talking and auditions.  So now I can’t wait.

Opportunity three came via email from Nancy Kwong asking if I would be interested in being a part of the performing group at the West Valley Light Opera ERMA Awards.  It’s just a song here and a dance there, so of course I’d be happy to do it.  The rehearsals have been few and far between and the banquet is at the end of the month.  It’s on the last day of the seminar, so I have to RUSH home and change and get to the dinner before the entertainment begins to get all situated.  Boy this one is gonna be tough.

Number four: Was one that was poorly planned on my behalf.  I wanted to audition for WVLO’s How To Succeed partially because I wanted to do another show, but mostly because I want to stop being so fearful at auditions.  There were about a dozen auditions happening within these last two weeks that I wanted to audition for as many as I could.  Turns out that the “Succeed” auditions were first.  I didn’t think I was impressive in the least, but soon after the callbacks, I was being offered Bart Bratt, the Personnel Manager.  Cool, but I said I’d like to get back to them because of the other auditions.  The producer, Sergio Pena,  is such a great guy and I get along well with him, so he made me feel like I was terrible for not doing his show.  He first told me “I totally understand, what you are trying to do as far as creating a career and how it’ll affect shows, but not when it’s my show.”  On top of this, he and I spoke about it over dinner one night when we were hanging out AND he said I should try to audition more outside of my little corner of comfort.  So he talked me into doing the show.  That clever little man!  hahaha

And last but not least, number 5: I’ve been taking classes at Zohar Dance Studios for a couple of months now.  I guess every year during Christmas they have a winter recital.  Now I have NEVER been one to want to join in this, but the teachers are just so nice and fun and enthusiastic about teaching that when they asked me to participate I had to say yes.  The number I am in is called Inner Man.  It’s me and 3 other guys each trying to be the Alpha Male.  The music is tribal and percussive so it’s easy to feel that sort of primal urge, but some of the movements are tricky, tricky.

I told my partner Perry this morning at breakfast: “I know I said I wanted to live this kind of a life, but I didn’t expect it all to just jump right into my lap.”

But I am ever grateful and cherishing every opportunity and moment of it.

I know that the auditions for West Valley Light Opera’s production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying are coming up, so I’ve been doing my homework.  The first time that I heard the Matthew Broderick version of the show, I thought, meh.

I recently watched the movie version and was mostly creeped out rather than impressed with it.  Because of this, I have to say I wasn’t really looking forward to these auditions.

So today, I reluctantly put in the newest version featuring the guy who plays Harry Potter.  What’s his name again?  Kidding, he’s brilliant in the show.  I actually enjoyed listened to the whole show while I was doing the laundry.  While I was folding away and I found that I felt lighter in foot than normal when doing such mundane chores as this.

Now don’t get me wrong, the staff that West Valley has assembled is a trio of positivity and fun. Of course that makes for some happy times to be had.  When I first heard that this show was going to kick off next season, I was so happy.  Then I found out the staff and I was over the moon.

So I went back to dance class, not only to work on my technique and remind myself of things, but to get my mind set ready for the audition.  Can I just say that playing catch up for three different routines is not as fun as I thought the challenge of it would be.  I guess I over romanticized it to myself.  Don’t get me wrong as I am having a crazy good time. Seriously.  My body is sore as hell and I’ve got some bruised areas, but it’s so fun, I wish I was able to have never stopped dancing.

Relearning the different weight changes for the different styles is frackin’ nuts.  It took nearly half the class for me to get my hip hop swagger (yeah, right. Like I really have some.) from walking around working on my posture for the modern class.

We’ll just have to see what happens.  Still can’t figure out what to sing though.

Got any suggestions for a song?  Feel free to leave them in the comments section!!

 

 

West Valley Light Opera has now announced it’s 2011/2012 season!!  And drumroll puh-lease!!!

Directly from the West Valley

“How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”

Nov./Dec. 2011

Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Abe Burrows

Returning to this theater is this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy; an irreverent satire about Corporate America, based on the book by Shepherd Mead in which J. Pierpont Finch owes his meteoric rise from window cleaner to Chairman of the Board of the World Wide Wicket Company. He accomplishes this not through hard work, but by his ability to make others work hard for him.

This musical opened on Broadway in 1981, receiving a Tony Award for Best Musical, starring Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee, who also repeated their roles in the movie.

A new production of this delightful musical opened on Broadway in 1996 and the National Tour appeared in San Francisco.

Memorable songs include “Coffee Break”, “The Company Way”, “A Secretary Is Not A Toy”, “I Believe In You”, and “Brotherhood of Man”.


 

“The Drowsy Chaperone”

Mar./Apr. 2012

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison,
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

Coming to this theatre in its Saratoga premiere is this truly modern, original musical within a comedy. It pays tribute to the Jazz-age shows of the 1920’s and the power those shows held to transfer the audiences into a dazzling fantasy and lift their spirits in times of sadness.

The story is based on a diehard musical theatre fan who plays his favorite cast album and the music literally bursts to life in his living room telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find and keep her true love. It offers a sentimental, sweet, hilarious and sometimes surprising look at the impact that musical theatre can have on a person and the pure, unbridled joy it can bring.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” opened in Toronto, Canada in 2001 and after a successful run, moved to New York in 2006.

Songs in the score include “Fancy Dress”, “As We Stumble Along”, “Message From A Nightingale”, “Love Is Always Love”, and “I Do I Do In The Sky”.


 

“Bells Are Ringing

June/July 2012

Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics & Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Returning to this theatre after a long absence, this award-winning musical comedy is our final show of the season. “Bells Are Ringing” takes you back to a time before answering machines and high technology, when a real person answered your ringing telephone for you if you couldn’t do it yourself. Welcome to “Susanswerphone” where the lines are blurred between doing a job and eavesdropping.

This musical opened on Broadway in 1956 starring Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin and received solid reviews, received 4 Tony nominations and 2 Tony awards. It was revived on Broadway in 2001 with Faith Prince as Ella Peterson, the switchboard operator.

The story and musical numbers are delightful and uplifting and include “Just In Time”, “Better Than A Dream”, “Drop That Name” and “A Simple Little System” which keep the cast and audiences smiling.

I finally have an Episode 4!

I realized that I really did ramble on and on and on.  So I took the extra time to edit out all the excessive stuff and did my best to keep it concise.  Show notes will be added very very shortly as I am working on them right now!  Also, I have added a new photo album to my Facebook page with some pics of the Breaking Up cast.

Without further, adieu  I present Episode 4

Thanks for taking a listen.

Next week, I’ll have a contest for a cute little character named “Carl”!

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.