Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust...

Well, Almost. 

As the closing weekend of Rent draws closer, I have started thinking about how many of my fellow cast mates I won't get to see. Boo-hiss. The people, one would hope, are usually the most memorable part any production. I can smile and nod to that, as far as Rent is concerned. This cast/band/crew/artistic & production/technical staff are all lovely; truly delightful. I really do adore everyone. There has been no drama, no in-fighting, no malarkey. I am going to miss the Rentheads, and our sanity-questioning mix of vulgarity, silliness, love, and talent. 9 (sold out) performances down, and 3 (sold out) performances to go. Wow. Thanks! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One Down...

The first weekend of Rent, three performances, has come and gone. I thought that I would be nervous for opening night, but I wasn't, not at all. It's hard to be nervous for opening night, when our preview went so well, and was so well attended. We had over 100 people there on Thursday, including a reviewer. That's not a preview-that's opening. Our real opening night, Friday, was therefore in the bag. 

All three performances went well, and each was stronger than the former. I felt really good about our performances and their reception by the audiences. It was very interesting to see how some people reacted to the different moments, especially when we were directed to interact with...or to get very close to them. As to be expected, some people really liked it, and some people where somewhat offended or put off. All in all, I think the audiences enjoyed us. Three or four reviews have come out this week, all of them glowing. That, too, is nice.

Having a four day break in between performance weeks is a blessing. We all need time to recharge, to rest, to sleep in, and to have lives outside of the theater. Personally, I just enjoy having time that isn't borrowed, ya know? I always feel hurried throughout the day when I have a performance at night. That's not a bad feeling at all, just one of fewer hours in the day to be myself, before I get to go be other people :-) 

We are back at it again, starting this Thursday night (March 13th-15th). We have performances on Friday and Saturday too, all at 8:00pm. I've not heard that any of these nights are sold out...yet, so please come and see what all the fuss is about! We'd love to see you there, truly. What we do is void of purpose, if we don't share it with you! Come...give us purpose, and share in our work, our love, our joy..our sweat, haha. 

Several of the Rent cast have been in productions of  Les Miserables, so this picture makes me laugh.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

No Day but Today...

...It's finally here. New Line Theatre's production of Rent, previews tonight!!! We are completely SOLD OUT for this Friday and Saturday, and the total ticket pre-sales are well over 800, already. We are ready for this. The final step to any production is the audience. We cannot wait to get asses in seats, and to finally have people to share this story with.

On a slightly different note, I'd like to thank some folks, who don't get applause at the end of each performance. To be clear, theatre is a collaborative beast. Musicals ain't all actin' and singin'! 

 -----> Let's talk TECH, folks. Rob Lippert's set is divine, his lights are uber cool, Marcy Wiegert and Sarah Porter's costumes are original, detailed and hilariously 90's,  Kerrie Mondy is rocking the sound design and mix, our (Starbucks infused) musical director- Justin Smolik, has made us and that band sound goooooooood, and the dynamic trio of Gabe Taylor, Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy are keeping busy...keeping us in check. Pulling a production like this together, one that's insanely famous and riddled with people's opinions of how it should be,  is no small feat. 

Everything leading up to today, our opening, has been part of a process. We have auditioned, been cast, rehearsed, teched, and have done full runs of this show. Now, we are ready to perform this bitch. I've had my own ups and downs with Rent. I had really good/fun days, and really frustrating/bad days. I have been stifled by self-doubt, and proud of myself, too. That's how it works. Here goes...welcome to Rent.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This just made me laugh...

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1.)  Over 740 tickets already sold!!
Another piece of AWESOME news just trickled down to us in the Rent cast; the pre-sales for our run are insane. That's so crazy. Crazy good!! Again, thank you ST. Louis!! Friday the 7th, opening night, is totally sold out. Saturday the 8th, has about 5 tickets left. Preview, on Thursday the 6th, has a fair amount of open seats, so come on down!!

2.) Tech week has begun...which of course means that we are all terribly busy and have no lives. That's alright, Spring Break is right around the corner!

3.) Last night we did our first full run of Rent with all the trimmings: the band, costumes, lights, sound, props...etc. It went well. A few line blips here and there, a few songs sounded a wee bit funky, a few sound FX were missing, but no real casualties. That's comforting. It feels good to be in the last stages of rehearsal, and to actually be in the last stages of production, haha. We are back at it again tonight and Wednesday.