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The Bridal Bailout May 4, 2015

I’m back! Sorry for the missed post on Saturday. Chris and I just got back to Alaska, where we’ll be working again for the summer. It was a whirlwind of a few days, and I didn’t have the chance to post this. But I now present to you: What Should Have Been Saturday’s Post.

We just closed a production of Funny Girl. As I was not in fact playing the Funny Girl, Ms. Fanny Brice, I spent my show running around changing costumes, and every once in a while I danced a few steps.

One of the numbers that I was in was “Beautiful Bride.” I tip walked in a huge costume and looked pretty. It was great.

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But those hip baskets were pretty heavy, and the giant headpiece was a beast as well. But since it was just walking, it wasn’t too bad to balance the extra thirty pounds of weight I had just added to my body.

A few days ago, I was doing the bride number, and everything seemed fine. Until I went up onto the tiny little cake platform. It was two steps high, and the surface I had to stand on was barely large enough to fit both my feet. Well, I was “dancing” on my little platform, and suddenly one of my feet had lost the ground. Normally, I would have just put my lost left foot back onto the platform and continued on with life. But that extra thirty pounds of weight was just too much for me. I began to teeter sideways! (more…)


The Blunder in the Ballroom August 10, 2013

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When I was working in Newport, Rhode Island in the Mansion by the Ocean,  one night a week we would do a huge speakeasy performance. We blacked out the windows and served booze in teacups. We really did it up right. We even had an amazing seven piece Jazz band. All of the characters in the show were real prohibition era stars. My husband played Cole Porter, and I played Louise Groody who was the original “No No Nannette” on Broadway. (more…)


Lamé Lament – Rated PG April 13, 2013

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The summer after my freshman year of college, I worked at a small summer stock theatre. There are many stories form that summer, but this is the tragic tale of the gold lamé.

The first show we did that summer was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In the show one of the characters visits a brothel, and each of the courtesans does a little dance for him. I was the courtesan Panacea, clad in a gold lamé bra, genie pants, and a grape-covered headdress. As part of my dance section I would pull grapes from between my breasts and feed them to the lead. In order for the grapes to be cool and refreshing for him, seconds before I ran on stage, our male wardrobe mistress would shove frozen grapes into my cleavage. For the comfort of the lead I danced with ice cold boobs every night. (more…)