||[Jan. 22nd, 2011|11:34 am]
The Stage Manager
I'm not making any promises on how much I'll update, as we can all see how that's gone the past few years - I go crazy for a few days then fall off the face of the earth for a months/years. However, seeing as how this is still here, I may as well throw something on and see if it sticks this time. I'll just have to put a bunch of glue on this time.
I'm currently on the bus back to DC from NYC - I had a job this winter stage managing a show that was in the final round of workshops. The good news is that they want to hire me for next year's final production. The better news is that from there it has the potential to tour nationally or internationally if someone at the festival likes it enough. And my ass will be along for the ride.
The show is a steampunk gaslamp opera. The woman who wrote it ( and I'm sure others ) define opera as "park and lark" - there's some action until SUDDENLY!EMOTION and you stand very still or move very little and walk around and sing about SUDDENLY!EMOTION. This was very different; it's a who-dunnit crime mystery which, in its completed stage, will have toggle switches on the audience's chairs. When certain pieces of evidence are introduced, the audience will have the ability to vote on whether they want to see it or not. The audience will also vote on who they believe is guilty of the murder at the end of the show. The music is wonderfully catchy, too, and the group doing the show is fantastic - it's a chamber band, plus a puppeteer, plus the lead/director/writer/composer.
So I'm glowing right now. And humming the damn music. And wishing I was a soprano so I could actually sing most of it, because it's so beautiful.
I head back to school on Tuesday for second semester. Durang Durang opens in three weeks, and in a month I move to Mother Courage and Her Children. It will be a busy semester. I also have to spend some quality time looking for internships for next summer. Busybusybusy. But before then I get a few days' rest and get to spend some time in St. Mary's and Rockville visiting dear friends before I go back north, either for a year or five months. That will be determined based on the internship I get - whether it be Broadway, Celebrate Brooklyn, Bristol Valley, or somewhere in DC. Or maybe somewhere else entirely. Perhaps Chicago? Houston? Nobody knows.
So that's still my life - very laissez-fair, so to speak. One day at a time and all that jazz. Though the fact that there's a rainbow in the form of a halo around the sun can't be a bad sign of the times to come, can it?