George Street Playhouse (GSP) Update
+My mother always tells me, “Treat each day your alive like it’s a gift.” …… well, if every weekday is a gift, do you mind giving me the receipt and telling me where I can return it?
+Tuesday wasn’t too bad though. Actually, Tuesday was great! It was great because I hit a HUGE milestone … I am officially off-book for ALL FOUR SHOWS!! Yes, I spent a lot of Monday night and early Tuesday morning memorizing The New Kid. For those of you who follow this blog, you already know that The New Kid is the show that uses a completely made-up gibberish language. I FINALLY got the gibberish memorized! 🙂 I went the entire day without calling for line! So, that means that everything is finished……. right?!?!?!……..
+…….. no ….. I have to learn how to say hello in Italian, Hindi, and … umm … a language called Gujarati … yup….
+The tour officially begins one week from today! Scary, right?!
+We received our script for “Gettin’ the Band Back Together”. I’ll be reading it at some point tonight hopefully. I will let you guys know how it is.
Big River Update
+Tonight, I start attending Big River rehearsals on a consistent basis. We are in the process of running acts all the way through without stopping, so it should be fairly easy to catch up on what I have missed. I am only singing in the pit, so luckily, no choreography or blocking. 🙂
+The cast is so talented. It is so interesting how great this cast is. It is a mix of hearing, hearing-impaired, and deaf actors, and they are all blending so well together. I am really excited for people to see this show. It is so unique and interesting. It opens in October. I’ll give you more information as it gets closer.
Pennington Players Update
+For those of you who are not aware of this, I am the President of The Pennington Players. The Pennington Players is a production company that performs that has been around since 1951. I became the President of this theater company in Fall 2012, and I am currently seeking reelection for the 2013-2014 season. I have been a member of the Pennington Players since 2003, and I have worked my way up to President, after years of serving as a general member, a secretary, and a Vice President.
+I am so happy with the progress we have been since I began serving as President. We have not only updated and revamped our out-of-date Constitution, ByLaws, and Guidelines, but we have also changed the way a lot of things are run within the company. A lot of these completed challenges were ideas that the company has had for a very long time, but now, we have actually followed through with the ideas and have reached many goals. During my tenure so far, we have Produced a multi-Perry Award nominated and multi-Kelsey Award winning play called The Miracle Worker. And for next season, we will be presenting Evil Dead: The Musical (directed by Frank Ferrara) and Arcadia (directed by Jennifer Nasta-Zefutie). We have already produced a workshop of Evil Dead, and in November, we are planning a workshop of Merrily We Roll Along…
+…so things are going well on the Pennington Players front. The reason this is in my blog today is because we had our first board meeting after our August recess. At the meeting, we clarified a lot of things, discussed our future, and I informed the board of my focus points if I were to be re-elected as President.
+I am incredibly proud of this wonderful group of board members and general membership members. And one thing that I am looking to focus on for the next year (if re-elected) is getting more members in our organization. I know so many people out there are looking to become important facets to a theatrical production company … well, The Pennington Players have their doors open. If you have ideas on how to improve community theater, if you want to direct a show, if you want produce a show … anything that you would love to see put into affect, our doors are open to you.
+Our company is heading in a fresh, new direction, and I really want you to be a part of it. if you are interested, please feel free to e-mail me, Facebook message me, call me, text me … whatever you want. Just contact me and I will get back to you.
The E-Mail That Stood Out From the Rest
Today, I received an e-mail from someone who will remain anonymous. I have never met this person, but I find it wonderful that they made it a point to contact me. I receive a lot of e-mails and messages throughout my day, but this one definitely stood out among the rest. Check it out…
Kyrus, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing you perform in “Forum” on 9/15 at Kelsey Theatre, front row, center. I am a retired H.S. Choir Director and have musically directed “Forum” four times and have seen more productions that I can count, on and off Broadway. You are, by far, the best “Hero” I have witnessed. Your singing voice is astounding and your acting skills are unsurpassed. I look forward, very much, to seeing you in future productions.
It is e-mails like this that keep me going. Honestly. I save all these e-mails and I remember who sends this stuff. There is a saying that I live by, “If your absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success.”
+Tomorrow night I am reuniting with my Avenue Q cast for our first vocal rehearsal for our Perry Award performance on Sunday. We also rehearse on Saturday morning before I head to GSP rehearsal Saturday afternoon.
+Friday night I am going to go watch the opening night of A Flea In Her Ear at Kelsey Theatre. If anyone wants to join, let me know. We’ll do drinks before and after. #alcoholicprobz
+Kim Suskind and I are heading to see How to Succeed on Saturday evening at the Broadway Theater of Pitman! I am looking forward to seeing Kate, Lauren, and Emily do their thing!
+The Perry Awards are on Sunday, and I still have no idea what I am going to wear……… my date has her dress, but I do not…
+…let me clarify, that I am not wearing a dress…
Alright … that’s it for today. I’ll talk to you all later! Don’t forget, if you want, you can follow me on Twitter @kyrustweet or on Instagram @kyruskeenan