First and foremost, I gotta give a special shout-out to all of my #lifeofky fans! We are now over 2,500 strong! Keep spreading the word!!
Okay…so this weekend, was the scariest moment of my performing life. This past Saturday and Sunday, I joined the cast of A CHORUS LINE at New Candlelight Theatre in Delaware, playing the role of Ritchie.
Here’s the catch…The show has already been running for multiple weeks, and I’ve never actually rehearsed with anyone other than myself, the amazing stage manager Tori, and Rob (the very talented performer I’m understudying for.) And even then, I’ve only rehearsed with them three times.
Okay, so now that you are all caught up… (and people are asking for an update on how everything went)… check out the video below to see how my debut performance went!
So that was Saturday. On Sunday, things were generally the same. For both shows, I felt that the first 3/4 of the show was perfectly normal for me, but the last 1/4 of the show was horrifically bad. I totally messed up on the tap number on Saturday night (so much so that I removed myself from it on the Sunday performance.) The One Rehearsal number was also a little sketchy on both performances. I felt terrible that I was bumping into people because I didn’t know what the spacing was supposed to be. I really felt terrible and my biggest fear was that I’d accidentally nail someone in the face with my elbow.
(Oh … and btw … I couldn’t use my personal headshot for this production because it is in color … so I used Rob’s headshot instead … you think it was noticeable to the audience? #blackguyheadshotprobz)
And then…there is the One Finale. Holy cow…talk about me screwing something up… I was TERRIBLE. I was HORRIFIC. My
dance partner in the number, Laura (God bless her heart) was pushing and pulling me around the stage. In addition to that, I kept messing up the hat placement and a lot of the general movements. Ahh…it was so embarrassing messing it up on the first night, and it was even more embarrassing messing it up a little worse on my second attempt on Sunday. 😦
What made me upset was that I felt like I was having such a great show up until the tap number.. then everything just went downhill. For the sake of the cast and crew and all of their hard work these past couple months…I wish I could have given them a better performance during those final numbers.
I gotta give a special shout-out to everybody who texted, called, Facebook messaged, and e-mailed me this weekend to check in on me and to give their support! It really helped get me pumped up and relaxed for this weekend. I really do appreciate it and it is great to know that I have so much support from friends and family during my artistic adventures 🙂
MY LOVE LETTER TO THE CAST AND CREW OF A CHORUS LINE AT NEW CANDLELIGHT
Dear Cast and Crew of ACL-New Candlelight,
You have been nothing short of AMAZING and PATIENT with me. I know I was not perfect with some of the choreo and dialogue, but I can honestly say that this past Saturday and Sunday was one of the most challenging, and rewarding experiences of my entire life. Each and every single last one of you, in your own way, helped to keep me on my feet.
Words cannot describe how extremely professional, talented, loving, caring, helpful, dedicated, funny, and beautiful you all are. From top to bottom, you have worked so freaking hard to get the show to where it is now, and the audiences that see this show are so incredibly lucky to see this remarkable core of a cast.
Whether it was sudden casting changes, or breaking in an understudy, or making quick fixes … there is no doubt that you all have been through so much. But what makes all of you special is the fact that no matter what shit is thrown in your direction, you guys just take it, smile, fix it, and do the show as if that was how it was supposed to be the whole time. So many casts that I have personally worked with would have crumbled even at the thought of what you guys have gone through, but you are all so incredibly strong and talented and quick-minded. Honestly, one of the strongest I have ever seen in my life.
I know I wasn’t perfect through some of the dances, and I really do appreciate your patience with me as I bobbled my way through the show. But let the record show that I enjoyed every second, and I hope that you did too… and I hope that you continue to enjoy it for the rest of the run.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU… I really cannot thank you guys enough. I really look forward to hopefully working with you all again at some point in the near future. (Well… a couple of you are in CATS, so “near future” means November 14th at our first CATS rehearsal lol)
Have a great rest of the run!! 🙂
With love and warmth,