The 2006 Spring Musical season has officially ended! I am now able to remove my seatbelt and move about the cabin. And a very unkempt and dusty cabin it is. I foresee some major spring cleaning in my immediate future. Yippee.
However, re-entry is taking some adjustment on my part and on the kids. They each asked me separately tonight who was going to babysit them. They didn't seem to believe me when I said I wasn't going anywhere!
Godspell, which I directed at my church, was completely wonderful! The show really came together well, the actors were funny, and sang great, and developed some real relationships with one another, both onstage and off. I got to reconnect with a dear friend, who agreed to act as Musical Director for us, and I made a couple of new friends in the cast. We're having a barbecue next week to all get together and hang out. In addition, we had almost 900 people come to see the show over the three nights - which is really an amazing turnout. I couldn't be happier about it!
Honk, Jr., which I directed at an elementary/junior high school came out fine. It certainly wasn't the same caliber as Godspell, but the kids did a good job, and it came together better than I thought it was going to last week. And now it's over!
Bye Bye Birdie ended about a month ago, but I've been waiting to hear if we were nominated for any Gene Kelly awards. (The High School musical equivalent of the Tony's) The nominations were supposed to be announced this weekend, but I didn't hear anything yet. Which probably means we didn't get any. I've previously won awards for choreography for Grease and for Pirates of Penzance. (Not to toot my own horn, but....well, I guess it's too late. I already did!)
I still have a couple of rehearsals scheduled for the Mystery Dinner Theater shows, and I have three shows lined up. Two in June and one in August. One is called "I Spy Five Spies...Well, Four Spies and a Detective", in which I play Mata Horny - a cross between Mata Hari and Carol Burnett's Nora Desmond character. Another is "The Tragic Demise of Alfred the Squatty" in which I am Brunhilde, Queen of Gothland. Think Xena crossed with Rosie O'Donnell. And the third is "Star Trek XII: The Search for An Original Idea", where I play Dr. Pusher. I just got that script today, so I can't really describe the character yet. It has been a lot of fun rehearsing with my old friends, but a lot of long hours too. They take their comedy very seriously in this group. Which is nice, but I'd like to get a couple more shows booked to make it worth the time I've put in.
The kids are doing fine...Scooby had his first T-ball game on Saturday, which I missed because of Honk, but Don took some pictures and video, and I took some before he went. Tarzan had his preschool presentation at church on Sunday, and absolutely stole the show with his cuteness. Even with the nose picking, he was by far the cutest one up there. And, as he said, "I had to pick my nose, because everybody didn't want to see boogies!" Cinderella had a massive splinter in her finger tonight which required the other four of us to hold her down/distract her while it was removed. THAT was fun.
Oh, other fun things? My dishwasher quit working and I had my first fender bender this afternoon. I backed up into some rich Sewickley lady's freaking expensive SUV and broke her taillight. I've always considered it my job to maintain a pristine driving record to counteract Don's on our insurance, but I guess I blew that today. On the plus side, I have the cutest kids in the universe.
This is Scooby's T-Ball uniform. He plays for the Giants. I don't think any irony was intended. Notice the "Big Ben's Beef Jerky" sponsorship.
Tarzan's Cowboy outfit from his Preschool Show.
Cinderella, just hanging out.