|"Moon Over The Brewery" by McCanney (2011)|
I played Randolph, the imaginary friend of a precocious teenager struggling to adjust to the changes her mother's new love interest may engender.
It was a great part. Randolph was witty, charming and a bit bitchy. I loved stepping into his fabulous Oxfords and thigh-high boots! (Click here and here to read more about the show and our production.)
I was offered the part a few days before Christmas and the timing was perfect. By the time I returned to work after Winter Recess the bulk of our rehearsals were behind us. We had less than three weeks from our first read-through to the end of opening weekend. The fast pace of the rehearsal period and the relatively long run--five weekends--made it all very appealing to me.
|Photo: Bob Thick|
Their enthusiasm and love for the process of helping us understand these characters made our time together immensely enjoyable.
I recently read an interview with two-time Tony Award nominated actress Alison Fraser in which she states, "It's very exciting when creative types - writers, directors, composers - say, 'Yes, your input is valuable. Your experience and taste are valuable to me'. And that's part of what I bring to a project. If I were a director, the first thing I'd say to my cast is, 'I love you, and I think you're right for this show. You're here for a reason.'"
That is exactly how I felt.
Even when I doubted myself.
Last night I spoke with our director, Kathy Garofano, about Alison's words and about the fact that before every show she would remind us to "Have fun!"
I am grateful for that.
It was nice to remember why I fell in love with performing in the first place. And it was an honor to do it in such fine company.