Sunday, January 16, 2011

Energizing Theatre

Wow....I am so glad we are getting through this bleak month. I don't know about you, but January is draining.
So many days I just sit and stare, no gumption, no muchness, no energy...then 7:00pm hits and I know it's time for "Hairspray" rehearsal, and I am a new woman.

It's crazy how that works.

We have had 3 weeks of rehearsal, with 3 1/2 more weeks of it  before we open (Feb. 12)...and I have loved every minute of it. 

It's so great to "play" with my theatre friends.  Jan Smith is in the show with me.  We go back  16 years to "Kiss Me Kate"  at The Grand Theatre.  She was also in "Guys and Dolls" with me and Wayne at Terrace Plaza Playhouse in South Ogden.  Good times.  She is a hoot to hang out with.  I also get to be with David Marsden...he is playing Tracy's mom Edna.  He is a riot.  We go back 20 years,  playing opposite each other in "Shenendoah" at Page's Lane theatre..now Rodger's Memorial....    Plus I have old "42nd Street,"  "Annie" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" people that I love (MaryAnne West, Aaron Ford, Cami, Todd, Taryn Tolman, DeeDee) and I get to have Jim Christian as my director...the last time this happened was in "Snow White" at Rodgers.....9 years ago.  Bonus...nephew Aaron Cole and neice Jenna Cole are in the show with me as well.  It's rewarding to watch them grow and perform. 

It's so fun to entertain the teens and twenty somethings with my pithy, snarky, witty  remarks.   No matter what I say...they laugh. I just put on my best diva  voice and say...."30 years in the theatre....."     (I could say 40 years, but then I sound really, really old ).
It's good to have an audience..... I should just have a laugh track in my  real life....and applause at the end of the day.  I will get Wayne working on this.

It's awesome to be the  smiling, perfectionist, bigotted villain.  I am like Ursula from "Little Mermaid."
Velma Von Tussle is....
SO.
MUCH.
FUN.
I am over the sweet ingenue parts...Been there.  Done that.  The character parts are where the real crazy lies. Mmmmmmmm delicious! Plus, I get to go and sing my guts out every night.  Can't beat that.

"Hairspray"  opens at the new theater building in Centerville. ..... Center Pointe Legacy theatre. It is a gem of a stage.  I am so thrilled to be in the innagural  show for this space.  It is an actor's proscenium -stage-dream  come true.

Theatre energizes me.  Good thing I have something that gets me through January!!!

4 comments:

Melanie said...

Can't wait to see it!

Lesley said...

I remember going to see you in "Kiss Me Kate". I can't believe it's been that long ago.

I hear that David Marsden is a pretty funny fellow :-)

Can't wait to see the show!!

Kimi said...

Same!

Meg said...

LOL! I can't believe I found your blog! It is a small world...even on the internet. And I am an idiot for being up this late looking stuff up on the new theater! But I'm so glad I found you! I am so excited (and jealous) for you to be in this show! How stinkin' fun!!!! and in the new theater! (AHHHHHHH!) (that's supposed to be me sounding like angels singing, you get it...)
Anyway, what's even funnier is that I know the Madsens! We live in their neighborhood! My little guy, Cole, is good friends with Nash. Love them to death! Good luck with all! So fun to run into you!

Meghan Parrish