I’ve had a few nice small steps these past few weeks. I had two big interviews. I recently learned that I didn’t get either job, but for both I felt that it was one of the first times that I wasn’t just doing my “form interview” and I really was able to speak with a firm point of view. I think I represented myself as best as I could. Like anyone who auditions, I am finding myself having to find the love for talking about myself and a new piece with new friends. I received two very nice letters, and one even gave me his personal e-mail and asked to be added to my mailing list. As I said, a nice small step I think.
I also had my first coaching session with someone who responded to my ad on playbill. (Anyone reading, please feel free to be the second J) I again got a nice e-mail afterward saying that she had a rather successful audition. I do hope I can work with her again. I’m also following up on a few other leads and hope to soon some more sessions with new clients.
I saw a good production Assassins
this week. There were some truly beautiful voices. There were some definite problems with the band and the lights were very dim, which I know they were going for the “mood”, but it just made the actors have to work much harder. As a result, or perhaps not, I felt some of the performances were pushed. It was a perfect example of “Musical Theater acting”. There were some who just went for a general feeling with the work and didn’t make any specific choices. But there were also quite a few actors who did! I also thought that there were some strange choices with the costume design – but I choose to be forgiving for the most part with that since that often turns out to be a budget issue. I also noticed that where the songs were added for the revival actually felt rather flat in this production. It resulted in a bit of a lull rather late in the show. But I certainly had a good time, and look forward to seeing more of their productions. It is a shame that they often don’t run their shows for more than one week. Follow them at www.5thfloorproductions.com
For a bit of a change of pace, I went to a sketch comedy show that my co-worker Paul is in. It was absolutely excellent. The opening group was ok with a few good sections. But their group Free Love Forum, was fantastic. They were spot on with their timing, their sketches all had great form, (beginning, middle, end – imagine that…) and they had a real sense of when to throw in the extras but not to overdo it. Check them out! www.freeloveforum.com
Lastly, a little update on my new hobby. I am cooking up a storm – trying new foods and making new recipes. I highly recommend garlic scapes! They make great pesto.