What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

The Backpack Breakdown October 25, 2014

I am currently doing a children’s theatre production while I perform in the evening big kids’ show. I love doing kids’ shows. A lot of that is because I want to pay it forward. I fell in love with theatre at a very early age, and I want to give a new generation the same opportunity. And part of it is that it’s just fun to be silly. I get to run around in circles and get paid. How does it get better than that?

In the current show, I play a third grade cheerleader who isn’t the brightest. My responses to math problems are things like “I like pie.” That sort of kid. I have a lot of fun with the part. I get to sit in my desk wrong, get confused about how backpacks are supposed to work… I get to be funny, the kids laugh, it’s great.

Then we had a special needs group in the audience. My role and character are in no way poking fun at special needs folks, but still, I was worried. (more…)


Hold Please February 1, 2014

A few years ago, but not so long ago that my twisted sense of humor had yet to develop, I was in the show The Producers. For those of you who are not theatre folk, The Producers is a very technically difficult show. There are all kinds of light and sound cues, which make the show an excellent extravaganza, but it also gives the Stage Manager a whole lot to do.

One afternoon, shortly after having lectured the cast about professional responsibility, the Stage Manager realized five minutes before the show was due to start that she had left her show bible at home. (more…)